A Powered pallet truck or electric pallet mover is a piece of equipment that is used to move pallets at ground level, as well as loading and offloading pallets from various vehicles. A common place you’ll see people working with powered pallet trucks would be in a warehouse environment.
Counterbalance Forklift Truck
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.
Reach Forklift Truck
A Reach forklift truck is an extremely agile forklift, which works well in tight spaces, they are usually found in warehouses. A major benefit of a reach forklift, is obviously the heights they can reach too. The main use of a reach truck is to load and offload products at big heights. However, unlike a counterbalance truck, a reach truck works best indoors. We can also offer a conversion course to counterbalance forklifts.
Bendi Forklift Trucks
The difference between a bendi forklift and a regular forklift is its design, having a “bend” in the middle between the forks and the body of the vehicle. A Bendi forklift truck, which can also be called a pivot steer forklift, comes with a lot of advantages compared to other types of forklifts, such as: being easy to operate and manoeuvre, good in tight spaces (similar to the reach forklift) and generally being a more comfortable ride than a lot of other forklifts.
A Moffett truck is a truck-mounted forklift. It can perform a number of tasks that regular forklifts can, such as carrying loads, but it is light enough that it can be transported on the back of a truck. A major advantage of using a Moffett truck is that it can save money and time as you won’t need to pay to deliver a forklift, as well as the products.
Book your forklift truck training course today
Looking to book your forklift truck training? We have fork lift training facilities in Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing. Additionally, we are able to carry our off-site forklift training on our customer’s sites, using their equipment.
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. Furthermore, 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.
View our courses above or get in touch to book your forklift truck training course today.
What is a forklift licence?
There is no such thing as a licence to operate a forklift. Many people refer to their certificate of basic training as a “licence” but this is not the case. The certificate is issued upon successful completion of a training course.
If I don't driver a car, can I operate a forklift truck?
Yes, you don’t need to hold a driving licence to operate a forklift truck. The only time this would become applicable would be when the forklift would be traveling on the public highway.
Does everyone need to be trained on a forklift truck?
Your employer has a general duty under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 employers are required to ‘ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken’. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also place duties on employers to provide training. By not providing you with any training at all, your employer could be breaking the law. Rider-operated lift trucks includes the requirements for basic lift-truck training.
What age do I need to be to operate a forklift?
Yes, operators must be over the minimum school leaving age of 16, unless operating in dockyards where the age requirement is 18 or over.
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.
I have lots of experience but have lost my certificate, what length of course do I require?
You would be required to do a 3 day experienced operators course. Although you have lots of experience you would need to produce a certificate of previous training to be able to do a 1 day refresher course. For course costs and available dates follow the course link.
My certificate has run out what course do I do?
You would be required to do a 1 day refresher course.
Where can I complete my forklift training?
We are offering forklift training course at all of our training centres which includes depots in Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing, which gives us good coverage of the Hampshire, Berkshire and West Sussex regions.
Additionally, you can complete your forklift training at your site and using your equipment. Off-site training is a good idea as it gives operators practice in the working environment and allows them to train using the equipment they will be operating daily.
There are a number of requirements that you need to meet before training can be completed at your site, such as sufficient room must be given for practical off-job training.
The theory test consists of 20 multiple choice questions and 5 short explanation questions.
Practical operational test. Driving through a chicane and 3 lifts at different heights.
I have a learning difficulty or I don't speak English will I struggle on the course?
Our instructors are trained to give assistance to students that require a bit of extra tuition. They can read the theory test questions to the students if required and assist in any way to make the learning process as easy as possible.
What accreditation will I get?
2 Start Training Ltd is accredited to ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). They are one of the most recognised accreditation for forklift training. Driving forklift trucks requires specialised training and instruction from fully qualified trainers. This can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. Professional forklift driver training can also reduce truck downtime, racking and product damage. To drive any forklift truck correctly it requires training in a classroom and in a hands-on environment, thus ensuring things run as smoothly as possible once the candidates have passed successfully.
Your certification will only cover you for the piece of equipment that you have undergone training for. For instance, a counterbalance licence will not cover an operator for a reach truck.
Here at 2 Start Training, we have a variety of different forklift machines that you can be trained on.
Additionally, we also offer combined courses, allowing you to gain two qualifications.
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.
Do operators need to be retested?
Yes, under Health & Safety guidelines operators of forklift trucks have to be retested at regular intervals, normally every 3-5 years.
Once your forklift licence is over 5 years old, you will need to complete a Refresher training course.
Yes, managers and supervisors do need to complete the relevant forklift training as PUWER Regulations 1998 state that “all persons who supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training for the purpose of Health & Safety”.
Do trucks have to be inspected daily?
Yes, a qualified forklift operator must inspect forklifts at the start of every shift. (We can provide daily check sheets for equipment).
Will the certification cover our company for Health & Safety and Insurance purposes?
Yes, 2 Start Training Ltd Forklift truck training Instructors and Examiners are fully accredited with ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). All training courses are to the National Standards.
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.
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.
Our forklift 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.
Our forklift Training Facilities
We have worked hard to ensure that we have the best forklift and plant training facilities available, with all of our training depots having dedicated forklift training facilities which include extremely spacious and clean warehouse facilities.
Additionally, we have fully equipped classroom facilities where our students can complete their theory training in an air-conditioned and distraction-free space.
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