Counterbalance Forklift Training

Counterbalance forklift trucks are the most common type of forklift truck, and the type most people instinctively think of when thinking of forklifts.

They are widely used across all industry sectors for material handling such as palletised loads, containers and even boats. And with a wide range of attachments available are a valuable addition to any company.

Counterbalance Forklift Training Course

Counterbalance machines are available as electric, gas or diesel powered for use externally as well as within warehouse units. They come in 3 max lift weight classes listed below:

BITA Categories
B1 – up to and including 5000kg lift capacity
B2 – over 5000kg and up to and including 15000kg lift capacity
B3 – over 15000kg lift capacity
B4 – Stand-on counterbalance

Course content

  • Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98
  • Operators Safety code
  • Re-fuelling and Re-charging of Gas, Electric or Diesel Counterbalance Forklift truck
  • Pre-use checks
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive and hydraulic controls of the Counterbalance
  • Manoeuvring the Forklift Truck in open and confined areas
  • Stacking at different levels
  • De-stacking with laden and un-laden pallets
  • Loading and unloading lorries with the Counterbalance

Course assessment

  • Theoretical assessment of 5 open and 20 multiple choice questions, which can be conducted orally where language barriers or literacy difficulties exist.
  • Practical Test of basic operating skills, confirming skills taught on the Forklift training course

Course certification

  • ITSSAR accredited certificate
  • TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) registration
Course Duration Candidates
Novice 3 – 5 days max 3
Experienced Operator 2 – 3 days max 3
Safety Refresher 1 day max 3
Conversion 1 day max 3
Familiarisation 0.5 day max 3
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