Novice Operators

Novice Operator Training

Designed for operators with no previous experience on forklift trucks.

Course Duration: 3 to 5 days (usually 09:00 to 16:30).
Maximum operators: 3.
Delivery Method: Classroom & Practical training & Assessment.
Location: Customer premises.
Pre requisites: none.
Assessment: multiple choice & written paper, practical skills test.
Certification: Successful operators will receive a certificate of training. Plastic Training Cards are available upon request for an additional cost.

Course Aim’s:

  • To provide effective basic operator training for those who will be required to operate  lift trucks as part of their normal work duties.
  • This operator training course is designed to meet the requirements placed upon employers with regard to their duties under the HEALTH and SAFETY AT WORK ACT (1974); the PROVISION and USE of WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS (PUWER, 1998); the LIFTING OPERATIONS and LIFTING EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS (LOLER, 1998), as applicable and other relevant regulations and codes of practice.

Course Objective’s:

Upon successful completion of this basic novice operator training course, operators will be able to:

  • Operate the truck model used during the training course, safely and correctly in accordance with safe operating practices.
  • Show their understanding, by clearly stating the causes of instability of trucks and loads.
  • Correctly carry out the pre-use inspection routine of the lift truck prior to use.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction to the lift truck that is to be used on the course.
  • Pre-use inspection of the equipment to ensure that it is safe to use.
  • An introduction to the controls and instruments of the lift truck, including safe use of hydraulic controls.
  • Weight assessment, including the capacity plate, load centres and maximum lift height.
  • Starting, moving and stopping the lift truck, including emergency stop.
  • How to approach and pick up a variety of laden and un-laden pallets.
  • Stacking and de-stacking both free standing and within an industrial racking system (where applicable).
  • Written test of operator knowledge.
  • Practical test of basic operating skills.

This course includes full certification and training materials.

A typical novice course is outlined below:

Novice course outline