Forklift Operator Training

HL Training Services offer a wide range of forklift operator training courses for both individual candidates and businesses, and deliver in-centre training for selected forklifts (see full selection below) and onsite training for all types of forklift trucks.

Our courses cover all skill sets from novice to refresher courses.

Our forklift operator training follows the approved code of practice from ABA 2012 (forklift training centre governing bodies) and is accredited by ITSSAR


Training Levels

Basic Training specifically for untrained operators who will receive basic operator training

Experienced Operator training is for experienced operators who have not received basic training.

Conversion Training is for operators who hold a forklift certificate and wish to train on a different machine

Refresher Training for certificated operators, recommended every 3 to 5 years.


The course schedule enables the candidate to learn basic operating skills and safe working practices and includes a basic operator practical test and theory test.


Course Lengths

Course lengths may vary due to onsite training facilities, group numbers, machine types and in house training requirements. Below is the recommended training days for a group of 3 candidates.

Novices – 5 days training
Experienced – 3 days training
Conversion (from other truck type/capacities) – 2 days
Refresher training – 1 day


All forklift operator training courses include a theory and practical test and, on completion, the candidate will receive a nationally recognised accredited certificate (excludes in house training)


In Centre Training:

Counterbalance Forklift Truck
Reach Truck Forklift
Stacker Truck
Pallet Truck
Low level Order Picker (LLOP)
Telescopic Materials Handler
HIAB (Lorry Mounted Crane)
Pivot Steer / Bendi Forklift
360 Excavator
VNA Man-UP

Counterbalance Operator Training

On-Site Training

Rider & Pedestrian Pallet Trucks
Counterbalance & Reach Forklift Trucks
Side Loader Forklift Trucks
Medium & High Lift Order Pickers
Narrow Aisle Trucks Man-up & Man-down
Straddle Carriers
Rough Terrain Masted Forklift Trucks
Rough Terrain Telescopic Material Handlers
Tow Tractors & Trailers
Bi & Multi Directional Lift Trucks
Pivot Steer Trucks
Industrial Variable Reach Lift Trucks
Overhead Crane
Lorry Mounted Forklift
Skid Steer (Bob Cat)
VNA Man-Up
VNA Man-Down

Benefits of on-site training include; training on the machine the candidate will be using, training on companies load specific operations, training can be conducted during quieter days to avoid losing workforce completely during busy periods, weekend training is available, we can issue in house certificates to companies or restricted certificates specific to site requirements and operations, which means the certificate is not valid outside of the company or specific premises.


HSE Lift Truck Training Guide for Employers: For important information View Here, Also available as a free download from the HSE website.