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.
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
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.
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.
1 Truck : 3 Candidates : 1 Instructor
This can be lowered to suit any requirements which in return can decrease the duration of your course.
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
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2 Start Ltd (Portsmouth), Unit 4 Shawcross Industrial Estate, Ackworth Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO3 5HU
Call: 02392 123555
2 Start Ltd (Theale), Site C The Quarry, Deans Copse Road, Theale, RG7 4GZ
Call: 01184 021 861
2 Start Ltd (Southampton), Unit 2 Four Dells Farm, Poles Lane, Otterbourne, Winchester, SO21 2DY
Call: 02382 022975
2 Start Ltd (Reading), Unit 32 Youngs Industrial Estate, Paices Hill, Reading, RG7 4PW
Call: 01184 021861
2 Start Ltd (Worthing), The Vinery Ind Est, Unit 54 & 55, Poling, Worthing, BN18 9PY
Call: 01903 952410
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