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Reach truck training

Become fully licensed to operate

All our reach truck training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the reach forklift 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 reach truck 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
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The reach truck

Height, rather than weight

A reach truck or reach forklift truck takes its name from the fact they can extend their mast forwards, allowing the forks to enter a racking system to pick up and deposit loads. The operator mounts the vehicle from the back and sits at right angles to the forks.

Reach trucks are a common sight in warehouses throughout the world. Their compact design delivers great manoeuvrability, making them the perfect choice where space is limited. Their low ground clearance and small wheels mean they are traditionally used inside a warehouse. But, models designed for outside use are becoming more common.

Their lifting capacity is between one and three tonnes. But, they are usually chosen when height, rather than weight is the main purpose of use. The larger models can lift to a height of more than thirteen metres.

They are powered by electricity, with batteries. These are located in the bulkhead between the driver and the forks. Charging is from a separate charging cabinet.

Many of these trucks have moved from traditional lead-acid batteries to lithium-ion technology. These modern batteries charge faster, require zero maintenance and do not emit harmful gases when charging.


Reach Truck Course Specifications

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Reach forklift truck

Reach (Rider)


3-8 metre lift

Accrediting Body:
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
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Reach Truck Course Breakdown

The following list is the elements that make up a novice reach truck 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


Reach Truck Refresher, Novice, Experienced and Conversion Training

ITSSAR accredited reach truck training

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

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Novice reach truck training

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

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Experienced reach truck training

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

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Reach truck refresher training

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

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Reach truck conversion training

Where operators already hold a reach truck certificate and wish to qualify on a similar vehicle.

Delivering the best for your buisiness

Our courses are designed to achieve results

On-site reach truck courses

Every reach truck 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 reach truck 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.

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Facilities Required

Facilities required

Firstly, and most importantly we need the use of your reach 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.

Reach truck licence certificates

On completion of this reach truck training, drivers are fully licensed to operate this category of truck. The qualification is nationally recognised and accepted throughout the industry.

You will also receive the following:

  • An A4 ITSSAR approved reach truck 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

Forklift Licence Certificate

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Feedback from our trainees

"Everything was explained well. Relaxed atmosphere, not too much pressure."

JT, Chessington, Surrey

"Was fun and the examples were very easy to understand."

JC, Eastleigh, Hampshire

"Some very interesting and enlightening points and learnt some new things."

KB, Segenswoth, 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