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What is Forklift Operator training?

Forklift training is designed to give students the correct skills and knowledge that they need to be able to safely and efficiently operate the forklift that is used within their chosen training course. Additionally, completing forklift training will show employers that you have the correct training & qualifications as well as helping ensure the safety of other employees in your workplace.

We offer forklift training on five different types of forklift trucks which include Counterbalance, Reach, Pivot-steer, Moffett and Powered Pallet Trucks, all of which have a variety of courses that cater for different skill and confidence levels. We are able to offer forklift training at our Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing training depots which gives us good coverage of Hampshire, Berkshire and West Sussex.

Additionally, we are able to carry our off-site forklift training on our customer’s sites, using their equipment.

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Powered Pallet Trucks

A powered pallet truck, also known as an electric pallet mover are usually used in a warehouse for low levelling lifting of pallets.  Powered pallet trucks commonly move pallets around the factory and can also load and offload pallets from a range of different vehicles.

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Counterbalance Forklift Truck

The counterbalance forklift truck has two forks at the front and is used by manoeuvring close to a load to pick it up and then move it. It’s a standard forklift truck and is suitable for use both inside and out.  Overloading the forklift can result in the vehicle tipping over.  For this reason, it is vital that the user completes the appropriate training.

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Reach Forklift Truck

Reach forklift trucks are used in narrow aisles of warehouses and factories. With two forks that distribute the load, these are very agile machines which are good for working at height. The wheels have a tight turn radius and are predominantly used to offload products at larger heights.

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Bendi Forklift Trucks

A bendi forklift truck can also be known as a flexi or Bendi truck. These machines are often used in tight spaces and are steered via the front swivel articulation. Bendi forklift trucks are easy to learn how to confidently operate and manoeuvre.

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Moffett Truck

A Moffett truck is a great machine for increasing productivity as it provides fast turnaround of work. Its light enough to be carried on a truck, eliminating the need for a seperate forklift delivery. As well as being economical, the Moffett truck is capable of performing a number of tasks a standard forklift can’t.

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Forklift Training Course Information

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

For those who don’t have any experience on a forklift, we suggest the 5-day novice course. This could be reduced to 3 days if the training is 1:1. If you want to complete the day refresher course, you’ll need a certificate to prove you’ve had prior training. If you’ve lost it, you must do a 3-day experienced operators’ course. If your certificate has run out, you need to complete a 1-day refresher course.

How long will my course take?

Our forklift courses range from novice to experienced operator and we also offer one-day refresher courses for those who need it. A novice course lasts 5 days and an experienced operator takes 3 days. Once you’ve finished the course you’ll receive your operators card and certificate upon achievement of your chosen course. You must be at least 18 to drive any kind of forklift.

Forklift training doesn’t require a driving licence as it’s simply a certification. Once you complete it successfully, you’ll receive your operating card and certificate. If you were travelling on a public highway, this is the only occasion you’d need a license.

Testing is broken down into 3 parts

The forklift examination process includes three elements of testing which include:

  • Pre-shift check test
  • Theory tests
  • Practical operational test

All three testing sections need to be passed in order to gain your forklift certification.

What is TOPS

TOPS stands for The Trained Operator Passport Scheme.  Created by ITSSAR, it’s a database to show all of the training you’ve successfully completed. This scheme proves that a person has valid training and so can reduce accidents.

Instructors

Our team are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals. Every 2 Start instructor is fully qualified to educate and examine on a staggering 22 industrial groups. From pedestrian pallet trucks to telescopic masted rough terrain trucks, we can help you. If you need some extra tuition or English isn’t your first language, please don’t be put off completing one of our courses. They are designed to be accessible for everyone and our instructors are fully trained to assist students who need a bit of extra tuition and theory tests can be read to students if needed. Speak to our team today about how we can help you. 2 Start Training Ltd is accredited by ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). They are one of the most recognised accreditations for forklift training.

Forklift Training Costs

The cost of your forklift training will depend upon which of our training courses you decide to complete. Those candidates who are less experienced in operating a forklift are likely to require a longer course which will give you more time to train and become familiar with the machinery.

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Forklift Training at 2 Start

Here at 2 Start Training, we strive to give our students the best forklift training experience available on the market. That is why we have continued to massively invest in all of our training centres to ensure they reach and surpass the highest standards available.

All of our depots have spacious warehouse facilities and fully equipped classroom facilities which allows our students to train in a dedicated environment with the best facilities. Also, all of our forklift training instructors are extremely qualified and experienced, meaning they will ensure you have the knowledge and ability you need to pass your test and gain your forklift licence.

Forklift Training Facilities

Why Train With 2 Start?

We are constantly investing in our machines to ensure we continue to provide the best vehicles for our customers.
fully equipped warehouse and classroom training facilities.
Taught by expert and qualified forklift training instructors.

Contact our Forklift training advisors to find out your options!

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Call our advisors on: 02392 123 555
Speak with our experienced advisors Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:30pm

What our customers had to say

Portsmouth

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

2 Start Training
4.9
Based on 102 reviews
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Luke WhiteLuke White
13:36 18 Jan 22
The whole place is brilliant.Would highly recommend.Thank you to the whole team.Luke WhiteCM Sports
Dion HintonDion Hinton
12:52 17 Jan 22
Recently attended a Transport Manager CPC course at the Portsmouth depot.The course content was superbly delivered linking to real world scenarios making it easy to understand and absorb.The staff and tutors were incredibly friendly and helpful going above and beyond to assist in anyway they could.Very enjoyable experience from start to finish would definitely recommend.
David IsleDavid Isle
20:20 17 Dec 21
Completed my CPC training today after 5Days of online courses with Nicky HansonOne of 2 Start Training instructors with bags of real life HGV driving experience under her belt, that made learning a pleasure and enjoyable.Thanks Nicky. David
micheal reesmicheal rees
11:06 03 Dec 21
It was well run and very efficient the trainer was top notch and gave me a lot of information I was unaware of.
jelly64bellyjelly64belly
15:02 20 Nov 21
My 3 days at Portsmouth was fun Don my instructor amazing allways going through happy and allways up for a chat 💬 taught me all I need to know 10/10
GregGreg
07:46 06 Nov 21
Brilliant HGV training centre. Will and Kev trained me. All the guys are brilliant and helpful. Got me through my class 2 test 😁🚛👌🏼
W AW A
17:48 18 Oct 21
Recently just passed C+E having been instructed by Don.Don is an excellent instructor, his calm method of teaching made it a really enjoyable week for us, he gave pointers when needed and answered every of the many questions asked.As a result of Don's great instruction, we passed 1st time.Thanks 2 start and Don!
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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
4.8
Based on 57 reviews
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Adam BainAdam Bain
16:26 13 Jan 22
I went from zero experience to passing and I absolutely believe it was down to Martin and the rest of the team. They were patient and professional and I enjoyed every min. Passed first time as well.
Richard JonesRichard Jones
18:42 15 Dec 21
I was allocated Instructor Martin Keen who was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the constructive criticism and feedback of the errors of my ways and techniques of driving as I progressed through the course, which I took on board and on my test day I was well ready and confident in passing. which I then passed my practical C + E driving test. Happy with this company.
Damian HumphreyDamian Humphrey
23:18 11 Dec 21
I passed my class 2 first time. My instructor (angel in disghise) was Janet. Would highly recommend 2 Start. Top drawer professionals. Well worth it. Thankyou so very much.
Graham EmeryGraham Emery
06:52 27 Nov 21
I can’t recommend 2Start highly enough, I did class 2 training and test with them and then Class 1 training and test. Janette was very patient and professional during my class 2 and likewise Adam was to during my class 1. Both instructors put me at ease which made for a great week of training. Due to my own stupidity I failed my first test on both classes but I went back for second tests and Martin took me to them, again very calming and professional. Great company, nice vehicles to learn in.
James ReynoldsJames Reynolds
16:45 09 Jul 21
Absolutely fantastic group of people, massive thanks to Martin for the training on my cat c and an even bigger thanks to Carl for my first day on my cat ce and Adam your just a gem
Zack ReveleyZack Reveley
15:28 05 Apr 21
The staff are friendly and easy to get along with, which helped ease me into learning at my own pace. All the instructors were experience drivers with many years in professional industries. I have managed to complete my Cat C and Mod 4 with the company, with ease. The website is easy to navigate with multiple ways to communicate with the adviser team based in Portsmouth. Also having prices available to view beforehand makes it easy to see how much money will likely be required, and when talking to Jack (adviser) it was all streamlined, quick and with no forceful selling like I had experience with other companies.One thing to note is they do not guide you through the theory process as this will be something you will need to prep for and complete prior to practicals, however there are a lot of material available online and in the DVSA books (recommend "The official DVSA guide to: Driving goods vehicle" a lot of useful information).
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Reading

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

2 Start Training
4.9
Based on 76 reviews
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Mathew DawsonMathew Dawson
10:45 20 Jan 22
Taken Cat C with this company and Alex (one of the instructors) made you feel relaxed from the start. 5* service and passed first time.
Mike BrooksMike Brooks
19:18 15 Jan 22
I have just completed a 5 day Fork Lift Truck course here. Very professional setup and a great facility.Mark was my instructor & he was brilliant with us.Definitely recommend him and this company10/10
Ilie ViorelIlie Viorel
10:18 21 Oct 21
Had a great time with Clint.s.at reading passed my artic test today thank you to all the staff at 2 start Readingthank you
Me And MeMe And Me
11:44 15 Oct 21
Instructor was very knowledgeable and knew what he was doing. Most importantly he new to convey that knowledge.
Jamie LinegarJamie Linegar
08:51 15 Sep 21
Big thank you to Clint, Aussie Clint and Mark for all helping me pass my Category C1 License. They are all great instructors and would highly recommend to anyone looking to pass! Thanks again!
TobyToby
12:30 26 Jul 21
Passed my category c with these today ! Nice clean vehicles very professional instructors . Mark s my instructor was Great from start to finish! Turned me from a B to a C licence in a week! Pleasure to have been a student here 👍 advice : just listen 👂 as the guys here know what they are talking about
Mark IMark I
15:38 16 Jul 21
Really helpful, friendly staff and great vehicles to learn in.
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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 24 reviews
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Ryan FraserRyan Fraser
11:26 15 Dec 21
Very professional tutors explain everything clearly so the information stays in would highly recommend this company
Adrian TharbyAdrian Tharby
10:35 15 Dec 21
Superb trading team. Paul excellent communicator and patient approach to teaching. Highly recommend this team for all logistics training.
MattMatt
02:59 06 Dec 21
I've been looking to get into the HGV industry as a lorry driver and I've been looking into booking a course, so I thought I'd try some introduction/trial drives with a few companies to see which company I like the most.After trying a few companies, 2 Start Training in Worthing is by far the best company I've experienced. The instructor Paul was very good, he was able to communicate and teach clearly and effectively and he made me feel at ease.2 Start Training had by far the best lorry to train in. A different company that I had an introduction drive with put me in a old, worn out lorry that broke down!2 Start Training have a professional, cosy office/reception area with break out rooms, along with a fully stocked vending machine. I'll definitely be completing a 5 day course in order to hopefully gain my HGV class 2 (category C) licence.I would highly recommend this company if you're looking to gain qualifications for the haulage industry.
Tim NichollsTim Nicholls
16:57 25 Nov 21
Mark and the team at 2 Start Worthing are utterly professional and ably demonstrate their commitment to getting you to the best standard. Great motivators who encourage and build your confidence. They are approachable enthusiastic and make full use of their good facilities and equipment.
Jeremy SkinnerJeremy Skinner
15:20 25 Nov 21
Jon my trainer answered all my questions and made me feel relaxed, and ready for my new job. Thanks, great service.
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