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Forklift Courses

If you're looking for a job as a forklift driver, you do not need formal qualifications before you can train as a forklift driver. However, basic literacy and numeracy will be a distinct advantage. You will also need to be able to demonstrate you can:

Previous experience of working in a yard or warehouse may also be beneficial when applying for forklift jobs but is not a requirement to be able to undertake forklift truck training.

For an operative to drive a forklift truck without supervision they must be at least 18 years of age. Forklift training can be undertaken before then, but operators must be supervised until they have reached their 18th birthday. If a forklift is to be used on a public road, normal road traffic laws apply and the operator must have a driving licence for the appropriate category of vehicle. The forklift truck must also be suitable for driving on the roads, complying with all relevant construction and use regulations.

Before taking a forklift course it is wise to check on the accreditation of the training provider. In theory anyone could set themselves up as a forklift training company, so it important that you check that they are accredited trainers. You do not want to pay for a course that ends up being of little real value. See more about accreditation.

Sample forklift courses:

Forklift Novice Training Course
 
This forklift course is ideal for a business with just one fork truck and no previous experience of Materials Handling Equipment. This course follows the relevant quidelines suggested by ACOP and published by the Health and Safety Executive. The course can be adapted to suit individual businesses' specific operational requirements

Forklift Experienced/Not Licensed Course
 
This forklift course is designed for those Forklift Operators who have had extensive practical experience (longer than 12 months) but has had no formal training and does not hold an accredited forklift Certificate of Competence.

Forklift Refresher/Re-test Course
 
This forklift training operator course is designed to give the trained and Certificated Forklift Operator whose licence is due for renewal - a one day refresher course and test to renew his/her licence. Certificates are valid for 3 years.