Forklift Truck Driver Training


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

Delegate must 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.

Awarding Organisation

Maximum Number
Delegate to duration ratios are as follows:

Novice 3 5
Experienced 3 3
Refresher 3 1
Novice 2 4
Experienced 2 2.5
Refresher 2 1
Novice 1 3
Experienced 1 2
Refresher 1 0.5
  • Novice – No previous certification or experience.
  • Experienced – Has recent experience but not previously certificated.
  • Refresher – Preciously certificated but has expired or is due to expire.

Training Format
Predominantly practical although some classroom work is involved.

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

Delegates who achieve a pass in the practical and the theoretical knowledge elements of the examination will be awarded an RTITB certificate. The certificate will be sent directly to the delegate or their sponsor company.

Please note: The expiration period of this certification is 3 years.

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact:


On completion of the course the learner will be able to:

  • Operate the truck model 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
  • Carry out a routine pre-use inspection of the truck


(Site Induction)

Practical Training

  • Introduction to the truck to be used, controls and instruments
  • Starting, moving and stopping the truck
  • Steering the truck
  • Operation of the hydraulic controls /attachments – fork spreaders
  • Parking the machine, following correct procedures and precautions
  • Vehicle key custody arrangements
  • Traction battery care and maintenance
  • Pre-operation inspection and take-over maintenance
  • Inspection of the racking systems for soundness and ratings
  • Weight assessment
  • Handling un-laden and laden pallets/metal constructed units/load carriers
  • Driving on/off ramps and inclines
  • Stacking/de-stacking freestanding and in industrial racking, where applicable to truck type
  • Vehicle loading and unloading
  • Emergency procedure – Tip over

Theoretical Training

  • Operator’s safety code
  • Truck/load stability