Why train with 2Start?

  • The option to add ITSSAR accreditation to your course.
  • Theory, pre-use inspection and practical counterbalance training.
  • Dedicated forklift training facilities.
  • The opportunity to complete training on one of your sites, using your equipment.

Counterbalance Novice

From: £500.00

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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Additional Information

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
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.
  • Theory, pre-use inspection and practical counterbalance training.
  • Dedicated forklift training facilities.
  • The opportunity to complete training on one of your sites, using your equipment.
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