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Reach Forklift Training

The reach forklift training course contains theory work in a classroom and practical using a reach forklift. The classroom work consists of learning about Health and Safety legislation. Also, the theory of using a forklift truck and the operator’s safety code. The practical work builds so that trainees gain knowledge and experience gradually. Adequate time to practice is important, before moving onto the next stage. This training culminates with 3 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 Reach Forklift Truck

A reach lift truck or reach forklift truck takes its name from the fact they are able to extend their mast forwards allowing the forks to enter a racking system to pick up and deposit loads. Their compact design means they have great manoeuvrability making them a great choice where space is restricted. Usually chosen when height, rather than weight is the main purpose of use with some models able to lift in excess of 13 metres.

Reach forklift trucks are very common in warehouses throughout the world, powered by battery and almost always used inside warehouses due to their low ground clearance and small wheels.


Reach Forklift Course Specifications

reach truck training
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
Conversion - contact us

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On-site Reach Courses

All of our reach forklift courses are carried out on our customer’s premises. This gives our students the advantage of being trained and tested on a machine that is known to them. And, after successful completion of forklift training, operators will know how to use these machines safely and efficiently.

Facilities Required

You will need sufficient space for candidates and an instructor to carry out theory lessons. For practical work you’ll need a reach forklift truck. Also, you will need ample space to carry out training, assessments and testing.

All operators will need safety shoes/boots plus any other personal protective equipment as per the company’s internal risk assessments.

Forklift Certificates

After successful completion of our reach truck training operator's will receive:

  • A4 ITSSAR approved certificate of basic training
  • Plastic photo identification card

An operator will then have their details entered or edited on ITSSAR’s TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) database.

Reach Truck Course Breakdown

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

Levels of Training

Our instruction and examination comes in 4 basic levels. Getting the correct level isn't an exact science and so we like to discuss the experience of candidates individually to ensure there aren't any surprises.

Novice Course

This forklift course is for operators who have little or no experience. The objective is to equip students with the confidence, knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate a reach lift truck in the workplace.

Experienced Course

For operators who are competent and experienced on a reach forklift. But, either has not received any kind of approved training or doesn't have or able to prove previous reach forklift certification.

Safety Refresher*

This is for drivers who have already undergone and passed a reach forklift operators course. And, they can produce an accredited certificate. Appropriate where operators have not used trucks for some time or are occasional users. Also, if they have developed unsafe working practices, had an accident or near miss, or changed their working practices.


For training on a similar forklift truck to one that an operator has already been successfully trained, tested and certified on. Any relevant certificate must from a recognised accrediting body.


* Certification must be provided before commencement of any training


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:

Clinton was engaging and instructive.

BS, Wimborne, Dorset

Very informative, learned some new things that I didn’t know before.

DS, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Was fun and the examples were very easy to understand.

JC, Eastleigh, 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