Hook Lift Truck Training

What Is A Hook Lift Truck?

A hook lift truck is a truck which uses a demountable container system to transport containers. The demountable container is designed to be pulled and lifted by a hook onto the rear of the vehicle. It may be operated from a position at ground level alongside the vehicle, but usually from inside the cab of the vehicle.

What Is A Demountable Container System?

A demountable container system is built onto a road vehicle. It is designed to pick up a container from the rear of the vehicle at ground level to place it on the vehicle’s carrying chassis. It may also be designed to discharge the contents of the container by tipping as necessary. The system is powered by hydraulics generated by a pump from the vehicle’s engine through a power takeoff or by its dedicated power supply.

Hook Lift Truck Training Course Content

Our hook lift truck training uses a comprehensive syllabus to empower you to use the trucks safely and effectively. The course covers everything you need to know to get the most from Hook Lift Trucks, including safety regulations, pre-use inspections, maintenance and a variety of operations.

Hook Lift Truck Course Overview

Course Introduction
Introduction; explanation (safety information); outline of training course; training course timetable; certification.
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 & relevant legislation
Operator’s Safety Code
Introduction to the hook-lift demountable container system, its controls and instruments
Set up for unloading or loading operations
Pre-use inspection and take-over maintenance
Operation of all controls through full cycle (no load)
Unload and load an unladen container
Load weight assessment
Unload and load a laden container
Discharge bulk material by tipping
Clear up work area and prepare for travel
And Basic Test of Operating Ability including; Pre-Use Check, Theory Test & Practical Test

Hook Lift Training Courses and Timings

Explore our comprehensive hook lift training courses designed for operators with diverse levels of expertise. These courses are tailored for both novice and seasoned operators. Our hook lift training is conveniently delivered on-site at your location. Course durations vary from 1.5 to 2 days, depending on the number of participants.

Hook Lift Refresher Training

For individuals who have already completed hook lift operator training but want to refresh their knowledge, we offer a streamlined 1-day refresher course.

Hook Lift Conversion Course

If you’ve completed our skip lorry operator training, take advantage of our one-day hook lift conversion course. This program builds upon the competencies and insights you’ve gained in your skip lorry training, providing a cost-effective approach to expanding your operator skills. 

Enrol In Our Hook Lift Truck Training

Enhance your business operations by incorporating hook lift trucks. Enrol in our hook lift truck operator training today. If you’d like to learn more about our training or how hook lift trucks can benefit your business, get in touch. Our team of experienced trainers are on hand to share their expertise.

For more ways to enhance on-site safety and broaden your team’s skills, take a look at our array of forklift training courses.

Hook Lift Truck Training FAQs


What are hook lift trucks used for?

Hook lift demountable containers may be used for bulk refuse, builders’ waste, recovery of broken down vehicles, bulk logistical supplies, conventional shipping containers, fire and rescue services, military logistics supply, etc.

Does the hook lift truck training allow me to drive the truck?

This course is designed to train the operator in operating the equipment only. It is not designed to train the operator to drive or manoeuvre the vehicle, nor is it in any way designed to meet the standards of the LGV Driving Test.