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This course is typically completed over five days and includes both theory and practical training. This course is ideal for those candidates who have never operated a Counterbalance forklift before, no previous experience and no driving licence is required to complete this course!

During your training course, you will be required to complete three basic elements of testing; a theory, pre-use inspection and practical skills test. If you are successful in completing all of these tests, you will be issued a 2 Start Training pass certificate. You can add ITSSAR accreditation to your qualification and receive a certificate and ID card for an extra cost.

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

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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

This course is available for you to complete at all 4 of our training centres, which includes depots in Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing.

As well as being available to train at one of our sites, we also give you the opportunity to complete training on one of your own sites, using your equipment. The areas we cover include; Portsmouth, Chichester, Fareham, Southampton, Romsey, Eastleigh, Reading, Crawley, Newbury, Basingstoke, Worthing and Brighton. This enables the students to be training on the machines that they will be working with on a daily basis.

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

Instructors

If you complete one of our forklift courses, you will be taught by highly trained and experienced instructors, who will give you all the knowledge and skills that you need to safely operate a Counterbalance truck and pass your test.

All forklift courses are conducted under our accrediting body; ITSSAR (the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). Being a part of ITSSAR guarantees only the highest standard of training and testing possible.

Duration

The duration of your course will vary depending on which one you decide to complete, if you choose to complete our Counterbalance Novice course, it will take 5 days to complete your training.

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.

Ratio

1 Truck : 3 Candidates : 1 Instructor

This can be lowered to suit any requirements which in return can decrease the duration of your course.

Elements Covered

Our Counterbalance Novice covers the following:

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

See what our students have to say!

Portsmouth

2 Start Ltd (Portsmouth), Unit 4 Shawcross Industrial Estate, Ackworth Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO3 5HU
Call: 02392 123555

2 Start Training
4.9
Based on 259 reviews
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OLIVER JattaOLIVER Jatta
16:40 23 Feb 24
I had an excellent experience at 2Start, Simon was my instructor. During my training I had updates and feedback which make me feel confident and that was vital to a successful pass first time.
Aaron GlasspoolAaron Glasspool
13:36 23 Feb 24
Very good training week with will the instructor made it easy and comfortable to pass the final test
Call of DeedsCall of Deeds
13:56 21 Feb 24
Ryan FarmerRyan Farmer
13:56 21 Feb 24
Very good training centre, would definitely recommend.
Craig PrattCraig Pratt
13:33 20 Feb 24
Rob was amazing has made a very boring subject and has turned it into a really fun way of learning. Lots of great tips along the way too
Kevin DeverKevin Dever
16:37 16 Feb 24
Well organised process from start to finish. Passed first time thanks to my great instructor Will Warren. Highly recommended.
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Theale

2 Start Ltd (Theale), Site C The Quarry, Deans Copse Road, Theale, RG7 4GZ
Call: 01184 021 861

2 Start Ltd (Theale)
5.0
Based on 53 reviews
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Benn OliverBenn Oliver
18:45 10 Nov 23
I completed my car to C+E Fast Track with Alex at Theale and passed first time! I'm in no doubt this was down to expert instruction by Alex who was fantastic throughout my two week course. A professional, knowledgeable instructor who calmly guided me through the process from scratch to test. I would highly recommend 2 Start to anyone wanting to learn how to drive cat C or C+E and no doubt anything else. They have great equipment, facilities and instructors and will be the first choice for me if I look to add any more categories to my license and for CPC training.
BordusBordus
15:07 19 Oct 23
Adam RobertsonAdam Robertson
13:45 08 Sep 23
Alex and Ryan trained me. Doing the car to C+E fast track course, came out with a pass! Cracking time and experience, appreciate all the hard work the team put in especially Alex and Ryan, couldn’t have asked for a better couple of lads to help me through. Thank you!
Tim AndrewsTim Andrews
15:05 10 Aug 23
I had a really good time with Roy C from 2Start learning how to drive a rough terrain forklift. I thought I had quite a lot of driving experience but learning to drive the rough terrain forklift was one of the most challenging thing I have done for a while. Ray C is a great teacher and simplified the complex process of lifting and moving objects with the forklift by breaking down the various tasks contained in the test into manageable sections so that it was easier to learn. I highly recommend 2start Training and Roy C as a great instructor.
Miro KralikMiro Kralik
13:44 26 Jul 23
I have passed today, thank you very much 2 Start ltd, especially to MR. INSTRUCTOR and Guru, my English brother Mark. Thank you very much, I really appreciate your professional attitude. With love Miroslav 🇸🇰🇬🇧👍🏻
Rob RoyRob Roy
13:56 21 Jul 23
Good training all the way through. I did pass the test on first attempt. Thank You Alex.
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Southampton

2 Start Ltd (Southampton), Unit 2 Four Dells Farm, Poles Lane, Otterbourne, Winchester, SO21 2DY
Call: 02382 022975

2 Start Training
4.9
Based on 279 reviews
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Andy NewmanAndy Newman
14:51 23 Feb 24
Couldn’t have asked for a better group of instructors. Dave was my trainer and was professional and thorough throughout. Would not hesitate to recommend, not just Dave, but all at Otterborne. Friendly, approachable group of people!
Steve MeadSteve Mead
11:26 23 Feb 24
Excellent instruction, clear and relaxed training and assessment
Andy MeinAndy Mein
14:02 16 Feb 24
Dave and Dell trained me from car to class 1 C+E in 2 weeks. Very professional and experienced instructors who make you feel at ease. Really good experience and passed first time. Cheers guys!
Shaun GillShaun Gill
11:25 02 Feb 24
Dell was an amazing instructor and made me feel very comfortable and got me test ready very quickly and I would definitely recommend 2 start ltd to anyone who wants to do there HGV lessons/test
Barry AdamsBarry Adams
14:44 01 Feb 24
Brilliant company, brilliant bunch of professionals. They go above and beyond 100% recommendations from me
Aiden HillAiden Hill
14:31 26 Jan 24
Great bunch of guys there, great banter and very helpful thanks dell for all your help
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Reading

2 Start Ltd (Reading), Unit 32 Youngs Industrial Estate, Paices Hill, Reading, RG7 4PW
Call: 01184 021861

2 Start Training
4.9
Based on 161 reviews
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Frank OkoegualeFrank Okoeguale
12:21 23 Feb 24
Mark is the best professional instructor out there, he taught me all I needed to qualify and he kept urging me on and on. He is the best. I will always recommend him and his company 2 Start
Adventure MonkeyAdventure Monkey
20:36 16 Feb 24
I did an ADR course here. Clinton Steggles is a great instructor and is a credit to the team at 2start. He knows his stuff and really enjoys his job. He really wants you to enjoy your course and pass your multiple exams. (Thanks Clint)
Ryan RobertshawRyan Robertshaw
13:47 08 Feb 24
Had a FLT training course with Roy S. He was very professional and patient. Highly recommend training at 2 Start LTD. The company as a whole are very friendly and welcoming.
Jon CJon C
16:23 13 Nov 23
These guys got me through my C1 driving practical. Their standards are incredibly high; do what they teach you and you will pass the test no problem. Friendly bunch too, would recommend
paul burdettpaul burdett
16:39 20 Oct 23
Had a very enjoyable week doing my cpcNicky is vary good Instrutor friendly and informative
kevin williskevin willis
15:22 20 Oct 23
I have just done my cpc traing along with Nicky and Clint and as most people know a weeks training can be tiring, but with NIcky and Clint and the rest of the class it has Been fun, enjoyable , and I have learnt alot from this course , all I can say is keep the good work up guys and not only will I see you soon , but also recommend you guys too others
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Worthing

2 Start Ltd (Worthing), The Vinery Ind Est, Unit 54 & 55, Poling, Worthing, BN18 9PY
Call: 01903 952410

2 Start Training
5.0
Based on 222 reviews
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Jordan GibsonJordan Gibson
14:33 23 Feb 24
Past my category c driving license with rob @ 2 start. I can’t recommend these guys enough. Rob was very calm and gave very clear instructions and advice to improve my driving. He gave grate feedback and positive encouragement. Was happy to answer any questions and concerns I had. Plus I passed my test 1st time with the one week of training. The site is clean and tidy and the lorry’s are kept very clean and tidy as well. Everyone staff member I met at the depot where polite, friendly & approachable. Unfortunately Rob wasn’t present for my test but the depot manager who took me to test was just as polite and friendly. And Rob even took the time to congratulate me after passing.
Great training center to get your C licence and CPC.Great staff and trainers who help you giving you the keys to pass at first attempt.Totally recommended
Tarik JonesTarik Jones
12:41 14 Feb 24
Yeah the Staff was helpful. My instructor Paul was brilliant!! Thanks
JasmineJasmine
10:14 02 Feb 24
I did my class 2 with 2 start. My instructor was rob and he was brilliant! Patient and professional, really calmed my nerves. Can’t thank them enough, loved my experience with them and everyone I came into contact with was lovely!Passed second time, everyone was super encouraging and supportive. Would 100% recommend 2 start! Thank you all so much!
kerry thomsonkerry thomson
16:53 19 Jan 24
Whoop Whoop Today I passed my HGV.Thank you Paul and the team at 2 Start.From the beginning when I was sorting out my medical and forms Jack was really helpful. Also when I needed some advice on the Test for Success he was able to help me resolve an issue I had.Pauls patience, calmness and kindness was endless from day one. Everyday I felt more confident, learning new skills and trusting myself to make the right decisions.Passing my reversing the first time was an amazing experience, I started to believe that I could do this.We spent everyday negotiating the local roads, difficult junctions and roundabouts until I was happy.On the day of the test we focused on the areas I need help with and I was able to put into practice all the advise Paul had given me, remembering all his catch phrases.I was absolutely delighted to pass first time. I am so pleased to be able to say that 2 Start is the whole package, from start to finish everything has been amazing.One note is to head office, invest in better quality toilet paper.
angela mayangela may
18:37 18 Jan 24
Absolutely brilliant instructors .I was really nervous but my instructor was very patient and encouraged me every step of the way .I can notrecommend these guys highly enough.
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