Forklift Operator Training

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

We are based in the southwest but provide forklift training UK-wide, covering all skill sets from novice to refresher courses. The course schedule enables candidates to learn basic operating skills and safe working practices.Our forklift operator training courses follow HSE’s approved code of practice and testing standards issued by the ABA 2012 (forklift training centre governing bodies). They are also accredited by ITSSAR, AITT, and RTITB.


Forklift Operator Training Levels


  • Basic Training: Specifically for untrained operators who will receive basic operator training.
  • Experienced Operator Training: Designed for experienced forklift operators who need basic training.
  • Conversion Training: Operators with a forklift certificate who wish to train on a different machine.
  • Refresher Training: Recommended for certified forklift operators every 3 to 5 years.


Forklift Training Course Lengths

Our course lengths may vary depending on training facilities, group numbers, machine types, and in-house training requirements. Below are the recommended training days for a group of 3 candidates:

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

All forklift operator training courses include 3 elements:

  • Practical test
  • Theory test
  • Pre-use check testing elements

Upon completion, candidates will receive a nationally recognised accredited certificate (excludes in-house training).  

Benefits of On-Site Forklift Operator Training 


  • Training on the machine the candidate will be using
  • Training on a company’s load-specific operations
  • We can conduct training during quieter periods
  • Weekend training is available
  • In-house forklift certificates can be issued to companies 
  • Restricted certificates specific to site requirements and operations can be issued (not valid outside of the company/ premises)

Forklift Training Opportunities


Onsite Forklift Operator Training:

(If you require training that is not on this list, please browse our full range of training on our site or get in touch with us to chat about how we can help)


Download the HSE Lift Truck Training Guide for Employers for more important information. 

Why Choose HL Training?

Our team at HL Training has over 30 years of experience in forklift operator and instructor training. We deliver exceptional in-house training at our facility, but we also offer a mobile training service so we can carry out all necessary training at your business site. Our training team works tirelessly to ensure your course runs smoothly and you get the most out of your forklift training with us. Contact us today to arrange your forklift operator training – an experience we are sure you will enjoy.


Forklift Operator Training FAQs


Does a forklift licence actually exist?

No, there is no such thing as a forklift licence in the UK. Operating a forklift truck safely requires sufficient training and experience, but this will provide you with a certificate instead of a license. Many jobs may require you to have a ‘forklift licence.’ Although confusing, this means you must have a certificate proving you completed a forklift training course.

How long does it take to complete the forklift training?

It’s all up to you and the training you require. Training for more experienced forklift truck drivers is 2-3 days, and refresher training is 1 day. For those starting from scratch, the novice training course will take 5 days to complete. Some candidates may require further training above the minimum recommended guidelines.

How often should I refresh my training?

This is down to whether you or your employer feels you need to refresh your skills. It is not a legal requirement to undertake additional training. However, the HSE recommends that operators complete refresher training every 3-5 years.

How much does forklift training cost?

The cost of forklift training is dependent on many factors. The level of training you require, whether in-centre or on site, and the type of training will influence the cost. Please contact our team today; we will gladly help with your inquiry.