Forklift Training Courses

Forklift Training Courses that Suit Your Needs

Forklifts are an essential part of equipment when it comes to matieral handling. Therefore it’s important that all forklift operators attend forklift courses, that meet ABA standards. Forklift training is required no matter if you’re a small business, construction site, factory or a warehouse.

Forklift courses can be done on site or at our Barnsley training centre. Other locations for off-site training include Wakefield, Sheffield and Rotherham. All courses are accredited through AITT, RTITB or ITSSAR.

The duration and maximum delegates per course will depend on two main factors:

  • Truck Type (counterbalance, reach, pivot etc – see below)
  • Course Type (refresher, experienced, novice or conversion)
  • Restrictions (do you use racking, lorry loading, above 3m etc)

Get in touch today to find out more or to book your forklift training course.

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Course Content

The content of forklift training will vary depending on the truck. Below is a look at what is included on all types of material handling equipment:

  • Legislation and responsibilites
  • Operators safety code
  • Battery maintenance and charing procedures
  • Pre-use checks
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive controls
  • Hydraulic controls
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined areas
  • Stacking at different levels
  • Destacking with laden and unladen pallets
  • Lorry loading and unloading

Different Course Types

The type of forklift training course that you require, will all depend on the experience of the forklift operator. Below you can see the different courses available based on the level of experience.


A novice forklift course is for operators with no experience using a forklift or has been using one with no training previously for less than 6 months.


To qualify for a refresher forklift course, the operator must have completed an accredited forklift training course in the last 3 to 5 years. Certificates will be required as proof.


If the forklift operator has previously used another truck type, then they can convert to another. For example, if a forklift operator has been trained on a counterbalance forklift, they can have a conversion course to a reach forklift.


Some forklift operators may have previously been trained in-house or has been using the forklift without any training. Therefore an experienced forklift course would be for them. Minimum of 6 months experience is required.

Course Restrictions

When delivering training on your site, it may be that you have restrictions that result in an element of training not being included. The following are restrictions that may be present:

  • Sales/Engineer
  • Ground Level Manoeuvring Only
  • Vehicle Loading Only
  • Bulk Stacking Only
  • Medium Level Stacking Only (less than 3m)

If any of these apply to your premises or the training you’re wanting, please make us aware. The length of your course may be altered due to this and any certificates achieved will show any restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a forklift license?

There actually is no such thing as a forklift license, it’s just a phrase that is commonly use. Instead it is a certification that can be accredited or non-accredited. Some training providers will provide a printed certificate in the shape of a driving license, therefore where the term forklift license came from.

How long does my forklift license / certificate last for?

All forklift certificates last for 3 to 5 years. It is up to companies own policies to decide on if they will accept certificates from 5 years ago or 3. The majority of companies follow the 3 year rule.

What do I need after my certificate is over 3 to 5 years old?

You will be required to go do a refresher course, which usually lasts 1/2 to 1 day depending on the amount of delegates on the course.

Do I have to do a test?

Yes. A practical and theory test is mandatory to pass on every course.

I have learning difficulties which make it hard for me to write for the theory test

All our instructors are capable of making reasonable adjustments to suit your needs. This may be them aiding you with the writing of answers as you speak them. Please inform us of any difficulties you think you may have before your course.

Do I need a drivers license for a forklift?

No. A drivers license is not required to operate a forklift and on the flip side, a drivers license doesn’t allow you drive a forklift. The forklift certification is what is required to be a forklift operator.

What’s the difference between accredited and non-accredited?

Accredited training is completed to ABA standards and follows an internal and external auditing process. Whereas non-accredited has no set standards. Therefore in the eyes of HSE, non-accredited training is frowned upon, due to this. Additonal to this, most companies will only accept accredited training to prove forklift operator competence.

Our Accrediting Bodies

aitt accreditation
aba accrediation
ofqual accreditation
driver cpc centre

Truck Types

counterbalance truck
Reach truck
Powered pallet truck
Pallet Stacker
Transportable Truck
Multi-Directional Lift Truck

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