Fork Lift Certificates Expiry Dates and Refresher Training


A topic I am frequently asked to give advice on is the expiry dates on fork lift certificates and frequency of refresher training.

The training that we deliver is to ITSSAR accredited standards and, as such, we must follow the guidance as laid out in the Health and Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) Rider-Operated Lift Trucks (L117).

As a training organisation we are not permitted to put expiry dates on our certification as fork lift certificates do not expire. If certificates have been issued by an NPORS or RTITB accredited training organisation the expiry date on the certificates relates to the operators registration with that particular organisation not the expiry of the certification.

The HSE state in the ACoP that there is no legal requirement to issue certificates but certificates do provide evidence that operators have received relevant training and achieved an appropriate level of operating ability.

Refresher training is an excellent way to ensure operators maintain good driving habits and it is an opportunity to have their abilities reassessed. Refreshers may also be appropriate for operators who do not use the truck(s) on a regular basis, who have developed unsafe working practices or have had an accident or near-miss.

The ACoP also states:

“There is no specific time period after which you need to provide refresher training or formal assessment. However, you may decide that automatic refresher training or a retest after a set period (for example 3-5 years) is the best way to make sure employees remain competent. Where you adopt this approach, you will still need to monitor performance, in case operators need extra training before the set period ends.”

More often than not your own risk assessments and company policy will determine the time between refresher training.

A copy of the Approved Code of Practice can be purchased from the HSE book store for £15 or you can download it for free from

If you have any questions please feel free to call me on 01933 677708 or email me at

Until next time……….






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