Forklift operator training Leeds2023-09-25T14:02:55+01:00

Wetherby Training

Forklift Training Leeds

We have been providing RTITB accredited forklift truck training in Leeds since 2001, we can provide training on a variety of different machines, from a small pedestrian stacker to a rough terrain telescopic lift truck.

The RTITB monitor and assess training standards within the lift truck industry and accredit training organisations that are able to meet their high training specifications for forklift operator training.

When organisations undertake practical forklift training from an RTITB registered trainer, they can be assured that they are meeting specific objectives and are being independently monitored.

RTITB Accredited Forklift Instructors

We’re certified to provide forklift truck training to help you meet your Health & Safety obligations set out by the HSE.
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Do I need a license to operate a forklift truck?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998, regulation 9 states:

Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.

Every employer shall ensure that any of his employees who supervises or manages the use of work equipment has received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.

The most common myth around forklift training is that you need a license. While you should have some specialist training to help you to understand how to drive and operate one safely, you do not need a specialist licence to drive a forklift.

You are required to be certified to be allowed to operate a forklift however. There reason why is very simple. Forklifts can be dangerous machines if operated by individuals who haven’t received proper training and aren’t certified.

It is therefore a legal obligation enforced by the HSE to ensure adequate lift truck training has been provided to avoid prosecution.

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RTITB Accredited or In-house forklift training?

There are no laws stating you must choose accredited training, however the major benefit to an employer is that they will have little difficulty proving the driver was ‘adequately trained in accordance with HSE L117 guidance, after perhaps an incident involving a forklift.

The benefit to an individual with an accredited lift training ‘licence’ is that they will find it much easier to use their training record/licence on different sites and with different employers, who would find it impossible to check the quality of an ‘in-house’ licence.

The advantage of a non-accredited licence is normally a lower price and shorter course duration, as it allows the instructor to customise the training to the benefit of the customer.

We can offer both accredited and non-accredited but would always recommend operators gain an accredited licence where possible.

Lift Truck training is a legal obligation and proof of relevant training will be required when audited by the HSE.

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Which forklift course is right for me?

Generally there are four different course types, all with different durations based on driver experience and the number of drivers on each course. The course types are:

Course Type Description Duration
Novice Operators Designed for a complete novice that has never driven a forklift. 5 Days
Existing Operators For normal and competent drivers that are currently untrained. 3 Days
Refresher Course For drivers who have either a recognised or ‘in‐house’ licence. 1 Day
Conversion Course Drivers with a ‘licence’ for one machine can be trained on another machine. 1 Day
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Onsite Lift Truck Training

Our flexible training options means we can either deliver the training on customer premises or at our purpose built site in York, North Yorkshire.

At our site we have various different loads to lift, from simple 4‐way pallets to metal corner post stillages that the driver will learn to stack 5 high and become competent at stacking laden pallets in industrial racking at up to 3 metres.

Both our lift trucks and lifting/stacking equipment is regularly inspected by both the RTITB and ourselves, the lift trucks are realistic of a working environment and we aim to ensure all drivers are ‘ready to work’ after completing the training.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Common questions we are asked about Forklift Training.

Are you part of Tockwith Training Services?2023-10-12T16:43:12+01:00

All of our instructors worked previously at Tockwith Training Services in York (driving school with yellow trucks) and since the owners retired we have formed Wetherby Training.

Who are NORS?2023-04-13T10:34:14+01:00

The National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS) is the centralised validation, registration and certification scheme for all Road Transport Industry Training Board accredited training. Amongst other benefits, this helps create credibility and trust with customers and regulatory agencies.

What does RTITB accreditation mean?2023-04-11T12:21:28+01:00

The RTITB monitor and assess training standards within the lift truck industry and accredit training organisations that are able to meet their high training specifications. When organisations undertake practical training from an RTITB registered trainer, they can be assured that they are meeting specific objectives and are being independently monitored.

Who are RTITB?2023-04-11T12:19:37+01:00

The Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) are the leading body in workplace transport training accreditations. The help business grow and set standards by making measurable improvements to training standards, including efficiency in the workplace,  reducing risk and  increasing safety.

Which forklift truck is right for me?2023-05-18T11:54:11+01:00

The first step is to know which forklift truck you need an operator licence to operate. There are manydifferent types of lift trucks and one training course will not cover drivers to operate all machines. The most common forklift truck used in warehouses is the Counterbalance forklift truck.

How long is a forklift truck operator course?2023-05-18T11:52:23+01:00

Examples of the durations for Forklift truck operator courses are; Five days for a novice operator course, three days for existing operator course, and normally a one day course for both refresher and conversion courses. ‘In‐house’ licences are designed around customer requirements and normally consist of just one or two days training, ask for further details if required.

Should I choose RTITB Accredited forklift training or ‘In-house’ forklift training?2023-05-18T12:04:19+01:00

There are no laws stating you must choose accredited forklift training, however the major benefit to an employer is that they will have little difficulty proving the driver was ‘adequately trained in accordance with HSE L117 guidance, after perhaps an incident involving a forklift.

The benefit to an individual with an accredited forklift training ‘licence’ is that they will find it much easier to use their training record/licence on different sites and with different employers, who would find it impossible to check the quality of an ‘in-house’ licence. The advantage of a non-accredited licence is normally a lower price and shorter course duration, as it allows the instructor to customise the training to the benefit of the customer. We can offer both accredited and non-accredited but would always recommend operators gain an accredited licence where possible.

Selecting the best forklift truck course2023-05-18T12:27:56+01:00

Generally there are four different forklift course types, all with different durations based on driver experience and the number of drivers on each course. The course types are:

  • Novice Operators, designed for a complete novice that has never driven a forklift.
  • Existing Operators, this course is for normal and competent drivers that are untrained.
  • Refresher Course, for forklift drivers who have either a recognised or ‘in‐house’ licence.
  • Conversion Course, forklift drivers with a ‘licence’ for one machine can be trained on another machine.
Is forklift training performed onsite?2023-05-18T12:29:17+01:00

We can deliver forklift training either on customer premises or at our purpose built site in York, North Yorkshire. At our site we have various different loads to lift, from simple 4-way pallets to metal corner post stillages.

Do I need a license to operate a forklift truck?2023-05-18T12:06:14+01:00

Technically speaking there is no such thing as a ‘licence’ to operate a lift truck. However Health and Safety Regulations set out in the publication Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) as published by the HSE, regulation 9 states that individuals need to undergo adequate training for health and safety purposes, it further expands on how this can be delivered. So you may not need a ‘licence’ but you do need to receive training.

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