Why train with 2Start?

  • The option to add ITSSAR accreditation to your course.
  • Industry-leading training facilities and vehicles.
  • Highly qualified and dedicated counterbalance forklift instructors.
  • The ability to complete training on one of your sites, using your equipment.

Counterbalance Combined Package

From: £750.00

This course is split over seven days, where training on the Counterbalance will take place over five days and then a two day conversion on to the reach truck will be completed.  Theory and practical training will be given on both trucks and include the following:

  • Responsibilities under the health & safety at work act, 1974, PUWER & LOLER
  • L117 Approved code of practice
  • Operators Safety Code on a B1 Counterbalance & D1 Reach Forklift Truck
  • Battery maintenance and charging procedures
  • Pre-use checks on a B1 Counterbalance & D1 Reach Forklift Truck
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive controls
  • Hydraulic controls on a B1 Counterbalance/Reach Forklift Truck
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined area’s including entry & aisle safety procedures
  • Stacking at different levels
  • Destacking at different levels

After training on the Counterbalance has been completed, you will have three tests to complete; a theory test, a pre-use inspection test and the practical skills test.  Each of these needs to be passed to be successful.  Once passed, you will then be able to convert on to the D1 Reach truck where you will complete training followed by the three tests (theory, pre-use and practical skills test).

If you select the option to add ITTSAR accreditation, you will be provided with an ITSSAR certificate and ID card.  Should you not wish to add this option you will be provided with a 2 Start Pass Certificate.

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Additional Information

Forklift Truck Training

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 in a hands-on environment, thus ensuring things run as smoothly as possible once the candidates have passed successfully.

What is a Counterbalance forklift?

A Counterbalance forklift truck is a straightforward forklift that allows you to manoeuvre up to the exact position of the load you are trying to move. This is because of the forks that extend from the front of the forklift. One advantage of a counterbalance forklift is that they can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It is important not to overload a counterbalance forklift because if the load is heavier than the weight at the back then the forklift can tip over.

Locations

2 Start Training can offer you the choice of 5 forklift training centres, 2 centres in Reading, 1 in Portsmouth, 1 in Worthing and 1 in Southampton covering the Hampshire and Berkshire areas.

In addition to our training centres, we offer our customers the opportunity to have their staff trained on their own premises using their own machines. This can give the students the advantage of being trained on the machine that they are going to be operating on a daily basis.

Instructors

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.

Facilities required on your site

In order for training to completed on one of your sites, there are a few requirements that you need to meet. You need to have; a training room that is suitable for the number of candidates participating and a sufficient amount of practical training space to complete assessments and testing. Also, delegates will be required to wear PPE as per the company’s internal risk assessments.

Click the link to read our Facilities and Equipment Requirements Guide for more information on completing training on your site. Facilities & Equipment Requirements Guide

Duration

Courses vary in length depending on experience of the student and culminate in the completion of a practical test on the last day – all of which you’ll practice thoroughly for during the 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.

Novice Operator: Duration 5 Days: For operators who have never previously operated a forklift truck.

Experience Operator: Duration 3 Days: For operators who have experience on a forklift truck but have no certification or their certificate is over 5 years old.

Refresher & Test: Duration 1 Day: For operators who’s certificate is between 3 & 5 years old. Student must be able to produce previous certification on the first day of the course.

Ratio

1 Truck : 3 Candidates : 1 Instructor.

Elements Covered
  • Responsibilities under the health & safety at work act, 1974, PUWER & LOLER
  • L117 Approved code of practice
  • Operators Safety Code on a B1 Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Battery maintenance and charging procedures
  • Pre-use checks on a B1 Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive controls
  • Hydraulic controls on a B1 Counterbalance Forklift Truck
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined area’s including entry & aisle safety procedures
  • Stacking at different levels
  • Destacking at different levels
Course Reviews

Completed my counterbalance forklift course with 2 Start training and I have to say their instructor (Clint) was first rate and I would recommend them to anyone looking for this kind of training.

Reading

I did my counterbalance yesterday with Joe, well what can I say? What a fantastic job/course he offered. Very positive attitude and a good atmosphere. Fantastic experience and will certainly be highly recommending this depot. Thanks.

Southampton

A great school with friendly and experience staff. Good range of vehicles for HGV and FLT training. Nice room for classroom based training.

Southampton

A great school with friendly and experience staff. Good range of vehicles for HGV and FLT training. Nice room for classroom based training.

Portsmouth

I can’t thank 2 Start enough. The counterbalance course was quick and easy to find via the website and the training provided at the Portsmouth branch was spot on. The team are very friendly and helpful throughout

Portsmouth

Why train with 2Start?

  • The option to add ITSSAR accreditation to your course.
  • Industry-leading training facilities and vehicles.
  • Highly qualified and dedicated counterbalance forklift instructors.
  • The ability to complete training on one of your sites, using your equipment.
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