Counterbalance Forklift Truck Training Syllabus

Group Novice Operator Experienced Operator Refresher
3:1:1 2:1:1 1:1:1 3:1:1 2:1:1 1:1:1 3:1:1 2:1:1 1:1:1
B1 5 Days 4 Days 3 Days 3 Days 2 Days 2 Days 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day
B2 5 Days 4 Days 3 Days 3 Days 2 Days 2 Days 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day
B3 5 Days 4 Days 3 Days 3 Days 2 Days 2 Days 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day
B4 5 Days 4 Days 3 Days 3 Days 2 Days 2 Days 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day

Maximum Ratio:     1 Truck:        3 Candidates:          1 Instructor

  1. Aim

To teach potential operators relevant theoretical knowledge and practical skills to safely operate a Counterbalance Forklift Trucks to recognised industrial standards.

  1. Objectives

  By the end of the course successful candidates will:-

2.1       Have retained the required knowledge to be able to pass the associated knowledge test

2.2       Be able to efficiently inspect the machine and pass the pre-use check examination

2.3       Have demonstrated relevant skills to be able to pass the basic skills test

  1. Elements

The course will compromise theoretical and practical Instruction covering the following:-

3.1       The reasons and the need to train

3.2       Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER 98 &  LOLER 98

3.3       Operators Safety Code

3.4       Battery maintenance, charging procedures and re-fuelling

3.5       Pre-use checks

3.6       Counterbalance principles and rated capacity

3.7       Factors affecting machine stability

3.8       Machine familiarisation and motive controls

3.9       Hydraulic controls

3.10    Load types

3.11    Manoeuvring in open and confined areas

3.12    Stacking and de-stacking at various levels (bulk stacking and racking systems)

3.13    Stacking and de-stacking corner locating loads

3.14    Vehicle loading and unloading

  1. Knowledge

On completion of training candidates will have gained a theoretical understanding of the following:-

4.1       The reasons and the need to train

4.2       Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER98 & LOLER 98

4.3       Operators Safety Code

4.4       Battery maintenance, charging procedures and re-fuelling

4.5       Pre-use checks

4.6       Counterbalance principles and rated capacity

4.7       Factors affecting machine stability

4.8       Simple hydraulic systems

4.9       Load types

4.10    Vehicle loading and unloading

  1. Skills

On successful completion of training the candidate will be able to:-

5.1       Drive and operate the lift truck safely and efficiently

5.2       Stack and destack loads at various levels in a safe and efficient manner

5.3       Carry out pre-use checks to ensure the equipment is in a safe condition

5.4       Carry out battery maintenance, charging procedures or re-fuelling operations safely

4.5       Load and unload vehicles safely and efficiently