Industrial Counterbalance Fork Lift Truck

Also known as:
Forklift, fork truck or lift truck.

Machine Description:
The industrial counterbalance forklift truck has a counterweight to balance the load on the fork arms. The fork arms and load project out from the front of the machine. Loads can be raised or lowered vertically and the mast may be tilted forwards or backwards up to 15°. The industrial truck is used on firm / smooth surfaces.

Used for:
Loading, unloading, stacking materials and other goods (generally contained on pallets).

Often seen in:
General warehousing.  Common in any industrial unit with level and stable flooring.

Which Course For Me?

Novice, Experienced or Refresher?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 2 requires that employers ensure “safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances”. PUWER Regulation 9 requires employers to provide refresher training as and when necessary.

Course Overview

The content and duration of fork lift truck training courses are dependent on the ability and previous experience of individual candidates. Please note, the course duration stipulated below is based upon candidate to instructor ratios of 3:1.  Course duration may be shorter when fewer people are attending.


Up to 5 days (dependent on the number of course attendees).

Suitable for:
Anyone with no previous experience of driving a fork lift truck.

Age 16 or above.  No previous experience required.


Up to 3 days (dependent on the number of course attendees).

Suitable for:
For those who wish to formalise their experience for the purposes of Health and Safety requirements or who wish to gain a qualification transferable to other sites and recognised by future employers.


1 day.

Suitable for:
Anyone that is experienced in driving and has a certificate from an accrediting body and is seeking to renew their licence.

Refresher courses must be taken approximately 3 years following the initial novice course.

Must hold a certificate to operate from a recognised accrediting body

Course duration is dependent on the number of attendees and the driving experience of the individual. The standard number of days based on instructor ratios of 3:1 are below:

  • Novice: Up to 5 days
  • Experienced: Up to 3 days
  • Refresher: 1 day


Course Content: 

  • Introduction
  • Structural Parts
  • Regulations
  • Safety Operator Video
  • Pre-Use Inspections / hand overs
  • Safe Operating Methods & Hazards
  • Operating in Confined Spaces
  • Operating in Industrial Racking
  • Bulk Stacking & Lorry Loading
  • Theory Test
  • Practical Assessment
  • Course Evaluation