Common Myths About Forklift Training

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Vehicle Type Verses Licence Class
HGV / LGV Cat 'C+E' (Class 1)

Any vehicle over 7.5t that has a detachable or separate trailer, Cat 'C+E' licences can only be applied for once the driver has taken and passed their Cat 'C'. These are larger vehicles so tend to be used for long haul, national and international routes. Starting salaries are around £28,000 per year.

HGV / LGV Cat 'C' (Class 2)

For vehicles in a rigid-based body that is over 7.5t – examples include fire engines, rubbish collection vehicles and any HGV, providing the vehicle is all one unit (i.e. the cab does not separate from the trailer). Usually operated in towns and cities, starting salaries for Cat 'C' drivers are around £24,000 per year

Cat C1

For use if driving any goods vehicle that is above 3.5t and below 7.5t in weight. If you gained your driving licence before 1997, you will automatically have this category on your licence. If you gained your driving licence after 1997, you will have to take a test. Note – if you gain your Cat 'C' you automatically get given your Cat 'C1', so it is advisable to take a full Cat 'C' course and get both categories for the price of one. C1 vehicle examples include: horseboxes, ambulances, Occado delivery vehicles etc. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat C1+E

Same as above, but gives you the capacity to tow a trailer behind your C1 vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat B+E

This enables you to tow an item behind a standard car. Again, if you passed before 1997 you do not need to pass a test to tow a trailer behind a car – if you passed after 1997, a full course and driving test is required. Course can be completed in 3x days.

Cat D

This is a full bus / coach licence, enabling you to drive any sized Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat D1

Enables you to drive a minibus of 9-16 seats maximum. If you passed your driving test before 1997 this category will already be on your licence, if you passed after that date a full course and test is required. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Fork Lift

The licences depend on what vehicle is used and the type of environment it is used in. 1-day refresher courses: for experienced operators with lapsed licences 3-day mini courses: for experienced operators who have not received formal training 5-day full courses: for novices who have not received any training and have no experience. All courses begin with classroom time where you will learn the theoretical requirements of the vehicle they are being trained on. Includes all relevant aspects of health and safety and short multiple-choice Theory Test. Practical training begins with an explanation as to the operation of the relevant truck. Practical elements cover daily vehicle checks and safe loading techniques – you will then practice the operation of the vehicle until they become proficient, whereby a short practical test will take place.

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December 23, 2016 8:00 am

Many people are confused about what a forklift truck is, and what it’s like to learn to drive one. That might put some people off ever having formal training, thinking they can go in and do a forklift driving job right away, or it might make others feel too intimidated to give it a try when they may, in fact, be very good at it.

 

You need to have a driving licence to drive a forklift

You don’t need a driving licence to train as a forklift truck driver. In fact, you don’t need any kind of licence at all.

You have to qualify for your forklift licence at the end of training

Training doesn’t mean training for a licence, it just means training so you can use a forklift properly. There’s no such thing as a forklift licence; employers just need to make sure their employees know how to operate one safely.

 

Forklift training is just learning to drive forwards

Although driving forwards in a forklift is, of course, something we teach, you’ll find that the vast majority of forklift driving in the workplace means driving in reverse. This means you’ll be thoroughly instructed in driving backwards; you’ll also have to be able to drive with full visibility whilst carrying a load on the front of the forklift. In addition to the driving part, you also need to learn how to load and unload safely and run all the appropriate checks on your vehicle. This makes it even more vital that you have the proper training before you operate one professionally.

 

Learning to drive a forklift is like learning to drive any vehicle

There are a lot of things about forklifts that make it essential to get forklift-specific training. For a start, the forklift uses its rear wheels to steer, unlike any other vehicle you might learn to drive. It also has a three-point suspension system which means it handles very differently from a car, with the danger of swinging out and causing damage or injury if not handled properly.

Forklift training is expensive / not worth it

Forklift training starts at just £9.99 per instalment and has been made affordable enough that you can train even if you don’t have an employer paying for you. This means you can go out into the workplace already trained, making you an even better candidate for any forklift driving jobs as you’re able to start right away.

 

Forklift training takes a long time

If you have a spare five days, you have time to learn how to drive a forklift truck professionally. We also offer three day and one-day courses, if you already have some experience driving a forklift. Our courses are designed for busy people who want to get trained fast and get into work – whether they’re already employed or looking for a job.


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