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Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Counterbalance Lift Trucks

At a glance…

Assessment Only Competence with Modules

Delivery Method:

Practical observation and assessment


There are no pre-course requisites, provided that Learners meet the minimum age requirements according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice L117: ‘Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training’.


Becoming proficient in operating these machines is an essential and valued operator’s skill for any contract, large or small.

Overview in brief

This course will assess your knowledge and confidence in operating the machine safely, protecting both you and those around you. This course offers three certificate options depending on your needs:

  • B1 – up to, and including 5,000kg
  • B2 – 5,001kg up to, and including 15,000kg
  • B3 – over 15,000kg
Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you need to prove your ability in safely operating a counterbalance lift truck.
As you’ll appreciate, this course contains some practical activity that will require a minimum level of fitness. If you have any concerns, please speak to the Provider.

What will be covered?

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare the various lift trucks for driving or manoeuvring by:
  • Having site safety awareness
  • Identifying basic construction and components, and the purpose and use of all controls and gauges
  • Identifying and complying with the manufacturer’s operator’s manual (MOM) and other information sources, such as rating plates and applicable regulations
  • Carrying out all pre-use and running checks
  • Configuring the lift truck for travel
  • Placing the lift truck in an out-of-service condition.
  • Operate, move or manoeuvre the lift trucks:
  • Both with and without a load
  • In confined areas using forward and reverse direction, with and without a load.
  • Select, transfer and position loads using a lift truck by:
  • Setting up the lift truck in order to lift various loads
  • Lifting various loads within the full working range of the lift truck
  • Ensuring load integrity and security
  • Transporting loads
  • Placing and retrieving loads accurately at various places
  • Placing and retrieving loads from a vehicle bed or trailer
  • Keeping within safe working parameters
  • Operating with bulk loads
  • Explaining the loading and unloading procedure, on and off a transporter.
  • Load and unload a container, vehicle, vessel or craft using a reach lift truck
  • Place and retrieve loads from a vehicle bed or trailer
  • Undertake post-operational checks on a lift truck

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