Forklift Truck Driver Conversion Training


To provide effective training for operators, this meets the requirements placed upon employers with regard to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, other relevant Regulations and Codes of Practice.

Must also have evidence of previous basic training i.e. certification.

Prospective candidates should be over the minimum school leaving age. (Except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old). All candidates must have a reasonable degree of physical fitness and be able to satisfy the requirements set out in the guidelines prepared by the Employment Medical Advisory Service and in HSG6 “Safety in Working with Lift Trucks” by the HSE.

Maximum Number
Maximum numbers/course duration are as follows:

  • 3 persons = 2 days
  • 2 persons = 1.5 days
  • 1 person = 1 day

Training Format
Predominantly practical, although some classroom work is involved.

Practical test of basic operating skills, pre-use check and knowledge examination.

Course members who achieve a pass in the practical and the theoretical knowledge elements of the examination will be awarded with a certificate of basic training.

Awarding Organisation

Additional Information
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On completion of the course the learner will:

  • Be able to operate the truck used during training safely and correctly in accordance with the Manufacturer’s handbook and accepted good practice
  • Clearly understand the causes of instability of trucks and loads. Clearly understand the differences in size and weight of the 16 ton counterbalance
  • Be able to carry out a routine pre-use inspection of the truck


(Site Induction)

Practical Training

  • Introduction to the truck, controls and instruments
  • Starting, moving and stopping the truck
  • Steering the truck
  • Operation of the hydraulic controls /attachments – fork spreader bar
  • Parking the machine following correct procedures and precautions
  • Vehicle key custody arrangements
  • Traction battery care and maintenance
  • Pre-operation inspection and take-over maintenance
  • Weight assessment
  • Handling un-laden and laden pallets/metal constructed units/load carriers
  • Stacking/de-stacking – Container handling
  • Emergency procedure – tip over

Theoretical Training

  • Operator safety code
  • Truck/load stability