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Pallet stacker training

Become fully licensed to operate

All our pallet stacker training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the pallet stacker truck. These courses follow the Health and Safety Commission's approved code of practice and guidance. This means you, as an employer, meet your legal obligations to make sure all pallet stacker truck operators 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, PowerPoint, 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
Licensed Pallet Stacker Training
Linde Pallet Stacker

The pallet stacker truck

Warehouse versatility

A pallet stacker is very similar to a straddle truck, instead of straddling a pallet the forks split leaving the bottom half on the ground.

They have great manoeuvrability with precise handling, making them an ideal choice for narrow aisles. They are mainly used with Euro Pallets but can lift standard British pallets by using a slave pallet. With low ground clearance and small wheels, they are suited to work inside a warehouse.

Pallet stackers come in a variety of sizes. The largest can lift to over 5 metres, and the most powerful can lift more than 1.5 tonnes.

Powered by electricity with batteries; some require a separate charger cabinet while others can just be plugged into a 13amp socket and charged from there.


Pallet Stacker Course Specifications

on-site pallet stacker training
Pallet Stacker

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Accrediting Body:
Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)

3 : 1 : 1 (3 operators, 1 instructor, 1 machine)

Novice - 1 operator = 2 days, 2 operators = 2 days, 3 operators = 2 days
Experienced - 1 operator = 1 day, 2 operators = 1 day, 3 operators = 1 day
Safety Refresher - 1 operator = 1 day, 2 operators = 1 day, 3 operators = 1 day
Conversion - contact us

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Pallet Stacker Truck Course Breakdown

The following list is the elements that make up a novice straddle truck course. For experienced operators, safety refresher and conversion courses the list would be shorter.

  • Course induction
  • The need and reasons for 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
  • 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, medium and high levels on industrial racking*
  • Stacking/de-stacking at low, medium and high levels bulk stacks*
  • Stacking/de-stacking at low, medium and high levels 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


From in-depth beginners to safety refresher courses

Pallet Stacker Refresher Training

Accredited pallet stacker training

All courses are ITSSAR accredited and therefore recognised throughtout your industry.

Novice Operator Forklift Training
Novice straddle truck training

For trainees with little or no previous experience operating a pallet stacker truck.

Experienced Operator Forklift Training
Experienced straddle truck training

Where candidates have relevant, recent experience but, have not received any kind of approved training.

Safety Refresher Forklift Training
Pallet stacker refresher training

Periodic pallet stacker refresher training is for experienced operators who hold an accredited certificate.

Conversion Forklift Training
Pallet stacker conversion training

Where operators already hold a lift truck certificate on a similar machine and wish to qualify on a pallet stacker.

Delivering the best for your buisiness

Our courses are designed to achieve results

On-site pallet stacker courses

Every pallet stacker 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 pallet stacker 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.

On-Site Forklift Courses
Facilities Required

Facilities required

Firstly, and most importantly, to carry out your forklift training, we will need the use of your pallet stacker. 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 truck 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.

Pallet stacker licence certificates

On completion of this pallet stacker 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 pallet stacker certificate of basic training*
  • A plastic photo identification card*
  • A written assessment of strengths and weaknesses*

Additionally, operators are entered or edited onto ITSSAR’s TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) database for future reference.

*There is no additional charge for these

Forklift Licence Certificate
Aftercare from the best in the business!

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
  • Employer's training record form


Other Accredited Training Courses

PPT (Pedestrian) Training

Another powered pallet truck, this time the pedestrian version. Regularly seen in supermarkets shifting pallets onto the shop floor. Often used in partnership with another truck, working on a mezzanine floor or in a basement where access is limited.


Counterbalance Training

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


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.


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Feedback from our trainees

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"Instructor was relaxed – which in turn helped keep me relaxed and focused."

RS, Havant, Hampshire

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"A pleasant, well informed training session delivered by a very well-mannered professional person."

MG, Fareham, Hampshire

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"Very good presentation of knowledge. Excellent practical lessons."

GW, West End, Southampton, Hampshire

Health & Safety Executive's Approved Code of Practice - Rider-Operated Lift Trucks

Obligation to provide basic training - Employers should not allow anyone to operate, even on a very occasional basis a lift truck until they have satisfactorily completed basic training and testing