Counterbalance Truck Operators – Novice Course

Course Introduction

This course is designed for participants to understand the engineering principles and safe operational practise surrounding counterbalance trucks.

Course Aims

Participants will acquire the skills and knowledge required to operate counterbalance trucks safely and efficiently, taking both theoretical and practical tests. The practical test will take the form of either the JIC recommended test, the BRITTOp test, or an appropriate test devised to incorporate the operational use of the truck within the trainee’s working environment. The practical test will be decided upon prior to the commencement of the course, depending on a site survey or information given by the company requesting training.

Course Content

Forklift Training Courses - Counterbalance Novice - Course Content

  • Introduction to Counterbalance Truck, Controls, and Instruments

  • Starting, Moving, Steering, and Stopping the Truck

  • Steering

  • Hydraulic System

  • Pre-Shift Inspection

  • Battery Care and Refuelling Procedures

  • Weight Assessment

  • Handling Unladed and Laden Pallets

  • Driving On and Off Ramps

  • Vehicle Loading and Unloading

  • Counterbalance Truck Stability

  • Operator Safety Code

  • Testing

  • Course Closure

Where subjects may not be covered practicably, they will either be simulated or covered orally, followed by an appropriate theoretical test.

Course Duration

Forklift Training Courses - Counterbalance Novice - Course Duration

  • 5-Day Course for 3 Trainees

  • 4-Day Course for 2 Trainees

  • 3-Day Course for 1 Trainee

Working with Counterbalance Trucks

As part of our training services, we train counterbalance truck operators to a high standard.