Counterbalance Forklift Training
Counterbalance forklift training
Become fully licensed to operate
All our counterbalance forklift training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the counterbalance truck. These courses follow the Health and Safety commission's Approved Code of Practice and guidance. Meaning you, as an employer, meet your legal obligations to make sure all forklift drivers receive adequate training.
At South Coast Forklift Training, we understand that everyone prefers a different learning style. Therefore, our courses use a variety of techniques to suit all learners. We use forklift models, videos, powerpoints, worksheets and handouts to keep everyone interested. Each lesson is then finished with some questions to ensure all information is understood.
The theory work builds gradually allowing time to absorb the information, before moving to the next stage. Practical lessons are demonstrated, then trainees are given adequate time to practise under close supervision.
Each course culminates with three stages of testing:
- A theory test – consisting of 25 questions
- Pre-use inspection test
- Practical skills test involving various manoeuvres completed in a safe manner
The counterbalance forklift truck
The most common forklift truck in use today
A counterbalance forklift truck or counterbalance truck is what most people think of when talking about forklift trucks. Usually found in either a warehouse or construction environment, moving freight inside or out. They are by far the most common forklift truck in use in the world today.
A counterbalance truck has a compact design; the operator sits behind the forks inside a protective structure. This structure protects the user from falling objects and in the event of a tip-over. Steering comes from the rear wheels while the power comes from the front. Their lifting capacity is usually around 1.5 tonnes, but the larger machines can lift over 40 tonnes.
They are powered by electricity, with batteries, or an internal combustion engine fuelled by diesel or liquid petroleum gas (LPG). This power source is under the driver’s seat.
COUNTERBALANCE TRAINING FROM A COMPANY THAT CARES
Counterbalance Forklift Course Specifications
Lifting capacity up to 5 tonnes
Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)
3 : 1 : 1 (3 operators, 1 instructor, 1 machine)
Novice - 1 operator = 3 days, 2 operators = 4 days, 3 operators = 5 days
Experienced - 1 operator = 2 days, 2 operators = 2 days, 3 operators = 3 days
Safety Refresher - 1 operator = 1 day, 2 operators = 1 day, 3 operators = 1 day
Conversion - contact us
COURSES DESIGNED TO DELIVER RESULTS
Counterbalance Forklift Course Breakdown
The following list is the elements that make up a novice counterbalance forklift course. For experienced operators, safety refresher and conversion courses the list would be shorter.
- Course induction
- The need and reasons to training and statutory requirements (HASAWA 1974 etc.)
- Introduction to equipment/control familiarisation/ principles of operation
- Identification/use/adjustment of attachments in pre-determined positions including forks
- Recommended mount and dismount
- Introduction to motive, steering controls and practice
- Basic steering exercises – simple courses
- Advanced steering exercises – figure of 8/chicane/90° approaches
- Battery charging procedures/maintenance
- Operator safety code and relevant handout
- Daily pre-use inspections/refuelling procedures
- Engineering principles/rated capacity/stability
- Simple hydraulics (theory)
- Introduction to hydraulic controls, handling empty pallets low level
- Load types/handling and weight assessment
- Stacking/de-stacking at low; eye and high level on industrial racking*
- Stacking/destacking at low; eye and high level bulk stacks*
- Stacking/destacking at low; eye and high level cup post pallets*
- Manoeuvring with loads/ramps and inclines/handling awkward loads*
- Relevant safety film
- Vehicle loading and unloading (theory)*
- Vehicle loading and unloading (practical)*
- Multi choice theory test
- Pre-use inspection test
- Practical skills test
* To be covered where relevant to operation or facilities permit
WHATEVER YOUR LEVEL WE HAVE YOU COVERED
From in-depth beginners to safety refresher courses
Accredited counterbalance forklift training
All courses are ITSSAR accredited and therefore recognised throughtout your industry.
Novice counterbalance training
For trainees with little or no previous experience operating a counterbalance forklift truck.
Experienced counterbalance training
Where candidates have relevant, recent experience but, have not received any kind of approved training.
Counterbalance refresher training
Periodic refresher training is for experienced operators who hold an accredited certificate.
Counterbalance conversion training
Where operators already hold a counterbalance forklift certificate and wish to qualify on a similar vehicle.
Delivering the best for your buisiness
Our courses are designed to achieve results
On-site counterbalance forklift courses
Every counterbalance forklift course we deliver is carried out on our customer’s premises. This gives trainees the advantage of being trained and tested on a machine that is already known to them. Therefore, eliminating the need for them to re-learn on another truck after initial training. On successful completion of this counterbalance course, operators will know how to use these machines safely and efficiently.
We are happy to offer bespoke training programmes to meet your individual business’ requirements. We will always work around your needs and environment, to cause minimal disruption.
Firstly, and most importantly, to carry out your forklift training, we will need the use of your counterbalance forklift truck. Also, an area where we will not be disturbed with ample space to carry out basic manoeuvres and testing. Pallets and realistic loads appropriate to your business are useful - the instructor will bring a selection of traffic cones. For the theory lessons, we need sufficient space for the instructor and the trainees to work. A small office with a table, chairs and power will suffice.
All forklift operators are required to wear safety boots and any other personal protective equipment as per the company's internal risk assessments. We supply hi-visibility vests.
If unsure about any of the above, contact us to discuss.
Counterbalance forklift licence certificates
On completion of this counterbalance forklift training, drivers are fully licensed to operate this category of truck. The qualification is nationally recognised and accepted throughout the industry.
They will also receive the following:
- An A4 ITSSAR approved counterbalance certificate of basic training*
- A plastic photo identification card*
- A written assessment of strengths and weaknesses*
Additionally, operators are entered or edited on to ITSSAR’s TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) database for future reference.
*There is no additional charge for these
Five star aftercare
Our service doesn't end with your training. At South Coast Forklift Training, we pride ourselves on our aftercare. It is what sets us apart from the competition and one of the many reasons our clients return to us. If you need us we are always here to answer any questions and offer advice.
In addition to this, after completing our training courses, clients receive:
- Advance warning when refresher training is due
- All relevant Health and Safety documentation
- Refuelling/recharging poster
- Seven-day pre-use inspection checklist
- An authorisation to operate lift trucks form
- Employers training record form
APPROVED FORKLIFT LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES
Other Accredited Training Courses
No building site or farm is complete without a rough terrain, telescopic truck. With large tyres and high ground clearance there aren't many locations they can't work in. Some come equipped with legs for increased stability.
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.
Straddle Truck Training
A straddle truck is influenced by the powered pallet truck and counterbalance forklift. They are very manoeuvrable so ideal for narrow aisles but with the added ability of being able to lift pallets into and out of racking systems.
No wonder our clients keep coming back
Feedback from our trainees
"The instructor was very thorough and extremely patient and persistent and encouraging."
DB, Emsworth, West Sussex
"Trainer was very helpful and approachable. Training aids such as videos etc. were instructive."
AW, Verwood, Hampshire
"Clinton was really relaxed and made me feel at ease and confident."
LP, Eastleigh, Hampshire
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”