Pivot Steer Novice




This is a 5-day course, that is ideal for candidates who have never operated a pivot steer forklift before. No car licence or previous experience is required to complete this course.

When training has been completed, you will need to complete the three elements of testing; a theory test, a pre-use inspection test and the practical skills test. Each element of testing needs to be passed to gain your operators’ card and certificate.

Course length could be shortened if the course is not booked at full capacity.

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Course Info

Driving forklift trucks requires specialised training and instruction from fully qualified trainers. This can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. Professional forklift driver training can also reduce truck downtime, racking and product damage. To drive any forklift truck correctly it requires training in a classroom and a hands-on environment, thus ensuring things run as smoothly as possible once the candidates have passed successfully.

What is a Bendi forklift?

The difference between a Bendi forklift and a regular forklift is its design, having a “bend” in the middle between the forks and the body of the vehicle. A Bendi forklift truck, which can also be called a pivot steer forklift, comes with a lot of advantages compared to other types of forklifts, such as: being easy to operate and manoeuvre, good in tight spaces (similar to the reach forklift) and generally being a more comfortable ride than a lot of other forklifts.


This course is available for you to complete at our Southampton depot.

We are also able to give you the opportunity to complete your training on your own sites, using your own equipment. This can give the students the advantage of being trained on the machine that they are going to be using regularly. The areas that we cover include; Portsmouth, Fareham, Chichester, Southampton, Eastleigh, Romsey, Reading, Newbury, Crawley, Basingstoke, Brighton and Worthing.

Facilities required on your site:

If you want to complete your Pivot Steer training on your site, there are a number of requirements that you need to meet. You need a training room suitable for the number of candidates, sufficient practical training space so that assessments and testing can be completed. Delegates will require PPE as per the company’s internal risk assessments.

Click the link to read our Facilities and Equipment Requirements Guide to find out how you can complete training on one of your sites. Facilities and Equipment Requirements Guide.


2 Start’s Forklift Truck Training Instructors are qualified to teach and examine on a staggering 22 industrial groups; encompassing all manner of machines from pedestrian pallet trucks, all the way through to telescopic masted rough terrain trucks.

Forklift training courses are all conducted under our accrediting body; ITSSAR (the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). Being a part of ITSSAR ensures only the highest quality of training and testing, and helps us to ensure that you have everything you need before you go to work.


Courses vary in length depending on the experience of the student and which course you decide to complete. If you choose to complete our Pivot Steer Novice course, it will take you 5 days to complete your course.

On successful completion of the course, if not already registered, candidates will be registered onto the ITSSAR TOP scheme (Trainer Operator Passport) and issued with a photo identification card (showing the categories of entitlement) and A4 Certificate; both lasting up to 5 years.

Course length could be adjusted depending on how many other students are on the same course, see below for timescales.

3 Days if 1:1 with our instructor.

4 Days if 2:1 with our instructor.

5 Days if 3:1 with our instructor.


1 Truck : 3 Candidates : 1 Instructor

This can be decreased if needed which can decrease the length of your course.

Elements covered:

  • Responsibilities under the health & safety at work act, 1974, PUWER & LOLER
  • L117 Approved code of practice
  • Operators Safety Code on a D1 Reach Forklift Truck
  • Battery maintenance and charging procedures
  • Pre-use checks on a D1 Reach Forklift Truck
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive controls
  • Hydraulic controls on a D1 Reach Forklift Truck
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined area’s including entry & aisle safety procedures
  • Stacking at different levels
  • Destacking at different levels

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Why train with 2Start?

  • We are constantly investing in our fleet to ensure we continue to provide the best vehicles for our customers.
  • Fully Qualified on the National Register of LGV Instructors.
  • We have hundreds of happy previous customers and currently have a 4.9 rating on Google.
  • It’s easy to say that we are the ‘Premier Driving School’, but the proof is in the facilities offered and the results obtained by our students.

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