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We are often asked a variety of questions in relation to forklift truck training. Some of the more common ones are:

What type of courses are there?

Novice - no experience at all on any type of forklift truck
Experienced operator - untrained but has experience / trained but more that 5 years ago / has an overseas certificate
Refresher - trained operator tested within the last 5 years
Conversion - adding an additional category of truck

How long are the courses?

Novice - 3-5 days
Experienced operator - 2-3 days
Refresher - 1 day
Conversion - 1-2 days

How long does a licence last?

Forklift truck certificates (licences) do not expire. There is no specific time period after which you need to provide/undertake refresher training. It is suggested refresher training is undertaken every 3-5 years to ensure operators maintain of good driving habits, learn new skills where appropriate and have their abilities reassessed.

How many people can there be on a course?

To ensure all candidates receive adequate time to practice operating the truck under close supervision and to prepare for the practical skills test there are a maximum of 3 candidates on each course.

Who are the 4 main accrediting bodies?

Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR)
The Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT)
National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS)

Will my forklift certificate cover all trucks?

Unfortunately not. Each type of fork lift truck has different operating procedures. If you hold a current certificate for one truck, eg counterbalance, you would require a conversion course for another.