Fork Lift Truck Training Timings & Ratios

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Questions that I am asked on a regular basis are regarding course timings and the number of candidates allowed on the courses.

The course timings and training ratios are set by each of the individual accrediting bodies.

The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) was formed in 2012 by the four main accrediting bodies within the UK. They have since been working together so that the standards upheld by accredited training providers are the same regardless of which accrediting body they belong to.

Updated course timings were issued to ITSSAR accredited training providers in 2015.

Examples of course timings on the most popular trucks we deliver training on are as follows:

Counterbalance, Reach, Side Loader, Pivot Steer (Bendi/Flexi), Multi-Directional and Telescopic Trucks

Experience Level Number of Operators Number of Training Days
Novice

3

5

Novice

2

4

Novice

1

3

Experienced

3

3

Experienced

1-2

2

Safety Refresher

Up to 3

1

Conversion

Up to 3

1-2

Novice – no experience at all on any type of rider operated forklift truck
Experienced operator – untrained but has experience / trained but more than 5 years ago / has an oversees certificate
Refresher – trained operator tested within the last 5 years and with recent experience of using the truck
Conversion – adding an additional category of truck

The maximum number of candidates permitted on a fork lift training course is 3.

If the training required is for overhead gantry crane or M.E.W.P.’s (scissor lift or cherry picker) the training ratio differs slightly. On these courses we are permitted up to a maximum of 4 candidates.

The number of days training is also less on these pieces of equipment and dependent on the candidates level of experience and the number of candidates the training can take between 1-2 days.

Should you require any additional advice or guidance please do not hesitate to contact me on 01933 677708 or email info@phoenixsafetyservices.co.uk

Until next time………………………

Emma

 

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