Powered Pallet Truck (Rider) Training

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PPT (rider) training

Become fully licensed to operate

All our PPT training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the rider version of the powered pallet 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 PPT 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 PPT Rider Training
Yale PPT (Rider)

The powered pallet truck

Short or long distance

Powered pallet trucks come in either rider or pedestrian versions. The rider version, often known as PPT (rider) is an electric low-level lifting and moving machine.

PPT's function is to move palletised stock at a low level from A to B. Whether that is loading and unloading lorries or just distributing pallets around the warehouse. They are very manoeuvrable and able to carry loads over a long distance.

The operator stands on a small platform at the back and controls the speed and direction from a tiler.

They are 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.


Powered Pallet Truck Course Specifications

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Powered Pallet Truck (Rider)

Powered Pallet Truck (Rider)



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

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

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

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PPT Course Breakdown

The following list is the elements that make up a novice powered pallet truck (rider) 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
  • 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

Rider PPT Refresher Training

Accredited powered pallet truck (rider) training

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

Novice Operator Forklift Training
Novice PPT (rider) training

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

Experienced Operator Forklift Training
Experienced PPT (rider) training

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

Safety Refresher Forklift Training
PPT (rider) refresher training

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

Conversion Forklift Training
PPT (rider) conversion training

Where operators already hold a certificate on a similar machine and wish to qualify on a PPT (rider).

Delivering the best for your buisiness

Our courses are designed to achieve results

On-site PPT courses

Every PPT 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 powered pallet truck (rider) 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 training, we will need the use of your powered pallet truck (rider version). 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.

PPT licence certificates

On completion of this powered pallet truck 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 PPT 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

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.


LLOP Training

The low-level order picker is an electric-powered lifting and moving truck. The operator stands on a platform located either in the centre or at the back. Their main purpose is order picking but they can be used to load and unload lorries.


Pallet Stacker Training

This pedestrian truck is ideal for handling Euro Pallets. 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. Some models can lift 1.6 tonnes to a height of 6+ metres.


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Feedback from our trainees

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"Easy to get along with and described things easily to my needs."

RM, Portland, Dorset

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"Intensive, good pace, enjoyed it and very professional."

AA, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire

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"Good mix of theory and practical. Took time to explain in detail."

GO, Havant, Hampshire

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.