Why Choose South Coast Forklift Training?

South Coast Forklift Training is widely recognised nationally, as a provider of high-quality forklift training courses and examination, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our skilled and fully professional, dedicated team has immense knowledge and know-how in the range of forklift truck equipment and procedures. Our courses cover a wide range of aspects of forklift training, including forklift operations, counterbalance, pallet stackers, reach truck and telehandling.

With our high standards, we pride ourselves on our consistent commitment to provide a professional and speedy training service, at all times, for all types of forklift trucks.

All of our courses comply with what is required for UK law and insurance purposes.

So whatever level you are at, we can offer you a course which is suitable for you.

Our Courses

We offer courses for novices, to those with some experience but without previous approved training, to those that need refreshing.

One of the main objectives of our forklift instruction is to produce proficient and safe operators. Therefore, all of our courses begin with Health and Safety and an operator’s responsibility in the workplace, as advised by the HSE.

All of our lessons are delivered in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere by experienced and qualified instructors who have had comprehensive training in instructional techniques and skills assessment. Our instructors appreciate that a few days of training has to prepare their trainees for a lifetime of operator training, therefore, to achieve a high standard of training they stretch and challenge their learners to get the best out of them.

Each learner is encouraged to be trained as certified as quickly as possible and so our instructors are happy to go the extra mile with any additional help and support that may be required. Whilst we do our best to ensure all trainees pass our courses, it is also our belief that forklift training shouldn't be just about passing a test but readying operators for day-to-day forklift use.


Our Most Popular Training Courses

Counterbalance Training

The counterbalance forklift is what most people think of when talking about forklift trucks. They are by far the most common fork truck in use in the world today. Their versatility means they are useful both inside and outside.

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Telehandler Training

No building site or farm is complete without a rough terrain, telescopic forklift truck. Their large tyres and high ground clearance mean there aren't many locations they can't work in. Some come equipped with legs for increased stability.

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Reach Truck Training

The reach fork truck is a common sight in most warehouses. They have great manoeuvrability and the ability to reach into warehouse racking. Usually chosen when height, rather than weight is the main purpose of use.

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On Site Training for your Businesses

South Coast Forklift Training is happy to bring their ITSSAR accredited forklift training on all types of forklift trucks, to your own business premises. We can deliver bespoke training programmes to meet your individual business’ requirements as we can work around your needs and environment, with minimal disruption.

Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors will deliver lessons on your machines which eliminates the need to re-learn on another lift truck after initial training. Every forklift training course is carefully tailored to meet a client’s needs, taking in to account their usual activities performed with the lift truck.

Our customers range from small businesses with a few operators and a single machine, to companies that require larger scale and volume requirements.

Our business is based upon the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We strive to go above and beyond the requirements of all our customers.

Accredited Forklift Training

South Coast Forklift Training is a category 2 ITSSAR organisation. By having the ITSSAR accreditation, we have access to the most up-to-date industry literature and training aids. This accreditation also allows us to carry out training and examination on our customer’s premises. All trainees who successfully pass our courses will receive a nationally recognised and accredited certificate. We are very proud to represent ITSSAR and we take our responsibilities very seriously.

Delivering ITSSAR accredited lift truck training and coaching involves explaining the employers’ and employees’ responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. It’s also part of the training lessons to cover the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), the Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). As well as to outline the many topics in the Health and Safety produced Approved Code of Practice.

So, if you are looking for a guaranteed forklift licence certificate from a nationally recognised accredited organisation, you don’t have to look any further.

Get The Correct Training, Every Time

As an employer, you are required to by law to ensure the correct training of your employees. Gaining a qualification as a forklift truck operator isn’t a national requirement but for the health and safety of yourself or your employees, it is recognition of training provided at a respected level.

Our training aim is extremely simple, to help improve the standards in training and safety standards within the workplace and to help provide competent and confident operators. Therefore, we will advise you, after careful discussion with you, what level of training is needed for each individual – it’s imperative that the learner is on the correct course level for them.

We offer a comprehensive list of courses which range from half a day to 5 days, in length, the levels are:

  • Safety refreshers, these are the shortest, where a relevant, accredited certificate is already held.
  • Next up is for experienced operator training where candidates have relevant, recent experience but, have not received any kind of approved training, and do not hold a certificate.
  • Lastly, we have novice training, which is for operators who have little or no experience.

The key objective, with all of our forklift courses, is to equip students with the confidence, knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate a forklift truck in the workplace.

The lift truck courses we offer range from powered pallet trucks, through to reach trucks, not to mention counterbalance forklifts, to the largest VNA.

If there is a course that you require which for some reason we cannot supply ourselves, we’ll undoubtedly be able to put you in contact with somebody that can.

We'll Work with You

Businesses occasionally tell us that they resist booking forklift training for fear of disruption in their workplace. So, in order to keep potential customers happy, we can offer flexible start times for those that don't work the usual 9-5 working hours. In addition, we can reschedule our training lessons and breaks to keep any disruption to the business environment, to a minimum – so, no excuses, give us a try!

Areas Covered

Our offices are in Fareham, Hampshire, between Portsmouth and Southampton. We are also able to cover all training in locations across Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and Berkshire. Any training required further afield we would delegate to one of our carefully selected network of accredited training companies.

If we haven’t covered all your questions already, please check out our frequently asked questions or contact us.

We look forward to working with you...


At the end of each course we ask our trainees to complete a short feedback form. Amongst other questions, we ask them "what did you like the most about this training?" Here are a small sample of the replies:

The instructor was very thorough and extremely patient and persistent and encouraging.

DB, Emsworth, West Sussex

Had a lot more information, learned a lot more than from other instructors.

SJ, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Good training at a good relaxed pace. Great instructor, very knowledgeable and helpful.

JM, Chessington, Surrey

What is a forklift licence?

Technically there is no such thing as a forklift licence. But, on successful completion of basic training you’ll be issued a forklift certificate – ours are ITSSAR accredited.