The Forklift training opportunities we provide are as follows:

Powered Pallet Trucks

A powered pallet truck is sometimes also known as an electric pallet mover and is typically used in a warehouse environment. This equipment is used to efficiently move pallets at ground level and for loading and offloading pallets from numerous vehicles.

Counterbalance Forklift Truck

A counterbalance forklift truck is a standard forklift which is used both outdoors and inside. It allows you to manoeuvre up to the precise position of the load you are attempting to move. This is because the forks extend from the front of the machine. The correct training to use this machine is vital because overloading can result in the vehicle tipping over.

Why train with 2 start?

  • We are constantly investing in our machines to ensure we continue to provide the best vehicles for our customers.
  • 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.

Reach Forklift Truck

Reach Forklift Trucks work effectively in tight spaces and are typically utilised in warehouses and other indoor spaces. These machines are excellent as they are agile and can reach certain heights. The primary use of these Forklifts is to load and offload products at larger heights.

Bendi Forklift Trucks

A Bendi forklift’s alternative name is a pivot steer forklift and has a “bend” in the middle of the machine between the forks and body. These machines are ideal, being easy to operate and manoeuvre, ideal in tight spaces and being comfortable to ride.

Moffett Truck

A Moffett truck is a truck-mounted forklift and can perform a number of tasks that standard forklifts can. Its additional benefit is that it is light enough to be carried on a truck, eliminating the need for an additional forklift delivery. This saves both time and money.

Counterbalance Experienced

How long will my course take?

The length of the course varies depending on the specific vehicle and level. All courses range from novice and experienced to refresher courses, which last between 1 and 5 days. You will receive your operating card and certificate upon successful completion of your chosen course.  You will also be registers onto the TOPS scheme.  TOPS stands for The Trained Operator Passport Scheme and is a record of all the training you’ve successfully completed. This system can reduce accidents as it proves that training has been completed to a satisfactory standard. The minimum age to operate a forklift is 18.

What is a forklift licence?

Completing a forklift course is simply a certification and not an actual licence. Once you’ve completed your chosen course, you will receive your operating card and certificate. There is no necessity to have a driving licence to operate any kind of forklift truck. The only time this would be required is if travelling on a public highway.

I have never used a forklift before, what is the best course for me?

If you have never used a Forklift, we would recommend a 5-day novice course. If your training is 1:1 this may be reduced to 3 days. In order to complete a 1-day refresher course, you would need a certificate. In this case, you must do the 3-day experienced operators’ course. If your certificate has run out, you must complete the 1-day refresher course.

Testing is broken down into 3 parts.

  1. Pre-shift check test
  2. Theory test comprising of 20 multiple choice question and 5 short explanation questions.
  3. Practical operational test. Driving through a chicane and 3 lifts at differing heights.


All 2 Start’s forklift truck training instructors are fully qualified to educate and examine on a staggering 22 industrial groups. This covers all manner of machines from pedestrian pallet trucks to telescopic masted rough terrain trucks. All of our friendly instructors are fully trained to assist students who need a bit of extra tuition. Theory tests can be read to students if required and we can assist in any way to ensure the learning process is accessible to everyone. Please speak to our team about how we can make the learning process simple for you. 2 Start Training Ltd is accredited to ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). They are one of the most recognised accreditations for forklift training.

Book your forklift training course today

Our Reading facility is the second depot that we opened in June. Location on Youngs Estate on Paices Hill, (directly opposite AWE) 2 Start Reading has easy links to the M3, M4, A33 and the A34. Being 50 miles from central London and 25 miles from Oxford we are accessible from many locations so get in touch to book your Forklift training today.

Courses Available

As well as Forklift training, we offer a variety of driver training in Reading. We offer financial solutions for those who want to avoid upfront costs and train straight away. Speak to our team today about our buy now pay later scheme.

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Contact us for more information regarding our Forklift training or any other course. Over the years we have helped many learners in Reading fulfil their goals. For information regarding any of the vehicle training services we provide, do not hesitate to get in touch by email or calling us on 0118 402 1861



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