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Counterbalance Forklift Course Experienced Operators


To provide trainees with the sufficient skills and knowledge required to carry out their duties safely and efficiently whilst operating a counterbalance forklift truck in the workplace.

An experienced operator course is for someone who can operate a counterbalance forklift but has never received any formal training or previously issued with a certificate of training.

The forklift training is carried out to a standard accredited by RTITB (road transport industry training board) in line with HSE guidelines as published in

L117 (Approved Code of Practice for Rider Operated Lift Truck Operator Training).

I had been operating a forklift for a while with no certificate but now i’m fully trained & certified. Thanks for all your help & advice during my 2 day counterbalance course.

James Clarke

Course Content

  • Legislation – (HASAWA 1974 – PUWER – LOLER – ACOP L117)
  • Operator safety video(s)
  • Pre Use Checks – Record Keeping and Reporting
  • Starting / Stopping
  • Observational Techniques
  • Steering in Confined Spaces
  • Bulk Stacking
  • Loading & Unloading a Vehicle
  • Place & Retrieve a Load from an Industrial Racking System (All Heights)
  • Re-Fuel / Re-Charge / LPG Changing Bottles
  • Theory Test
  • Pre Use Inspection Test
  • Practical Test of Operating Skills

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are awarded an RTITB experienced operator Certificate of Training to operate a counterbalance forklift truck.

Trainees will also be provided with an ID card and entered onto the RTITB national database for counterbalance forklift operators.