Forklift Operator Training

Novice Counterbalance Forklift Training Courses

Please find our course structure below for the Novice (Counterbalance) Forklift Training Course.

Course Overview

Our RTITB Fork Lift Truck Operator Course – Novice (Counterbalance) delivers a minimum of 32.5 hours of instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 3 delegates, providing the skills needed to operate the fork lift truck safely and efficiently, carry out a pre-use inspection & recall and explain the causes of truck and load instability.

This course is for operators with little or no previous experience using a counterbalance forklift truck – the RTITB course complies with the standards set in accordance with the HSE Code of Practice L117. This also enables successful operators to use any counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity (with authorisation) anywhere in the UK.

The Novice Counterbalance course consists of a classroom lecture, DVD presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.

Forklift Novice Course

The RTITB Forklift Training Course – Counterbalance – Novice Operator course is designed for those with no prior experience of forklift truck operation who wish to achieve a nationally recognised operator qualification in the safe and correct use of counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity.

Since the safe use of forklift trucks require that delegates consult safety notices and read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual, English literacy and language comprehension are important requirements for any user.

At the end of the course, delegates will take a short multiple choice test. Please click here for a copy of an RTITB Mock Paper. There are a number of safety critical questions that must be answered correctly in order to pass the examination.

Once delegates have passed the theory test, they move onto the practical assessment where they will be tested on their ability to operate correctly and skillfully, but also without undue slowness, hesitancy or excessive speed. There are a number of exercises that must be completed such as stacking and destacking operations, reversing and accelerating.

The cut off for the practical assessment is 40 penalty points, however there are some circumstances where the delegate could be disqualified from completing the test such as violent collisions, operating dangerously, unsafe stacking or incurring more than three 5 point penalties in one area.

Successful delegates will receive a certificate and Photo ID card accredited by RTITB which will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the course.

Successful delegates will gain a better understanding of current relevant legislation, best practice and refresh their skills and ability in the safe use of Counter Balance Fork Trucks up to 5000kg capacity in line with current approved methods and manufacturer’s instructions. The course agenda includes:

  • Introduction to the forklift truck to be used - Daily Maintenance Checks
  • Relevant Legislation and Regulations - Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER 1998, LOLER 1998 and L117 - Rider Operated lift trucks (ACOP & Guidance)
  • Pre-use inspection and take over maintenance
  • Care of batteries/LPG/Diesel Trucks
  • Controls and instruments
  • Weight assessment / Stability Factors
  • Starting, moving and stopping the truck
  • Handling laden and unladen pallets
  • Operation of hydraulic controls
  • Stacking/de-stacking – free standing and in racking at various heights
  • Loading and Unloading Procedures
  • Safety code testing
  • Practical test of basic operating skills
  • Written test of operating knowledge
0900-1000Introduce course objectives and basic principlesPre-shift check, hydraulics, basic driving controlsPre-shift check, pick up loadsPre-shift check, stacking and de-stackingPre-shift check, further practice
1015-1200Rated capacity, film discusion, safety code, pre-shift checkBasic driving, simple courses, manoeuversPick up loads and manoeuvers through confined areasStacking and de-stacking various sizes and types of loadsFurther practice, vehicle loading, inclines and ramps
1300-1500Introduce truck, accelerate, decelerateHydraulics, mast control, driving, picking empty palletsPick up loads and manoeuvers through confined areasStacking and de-stacking various sizes and types of loadsTest course preparation, practical test, final discussion and close
1515-1700Basic driving, driving open area, simple turningPick up loads and manoeuvers around simple courseStacking and de-stacking at various heightsLoading and un-loading vehicles, theory test