Although you do not need any academic qualifications to operate a forklift truck in the UK you must be at least 16 years of age and successfully complete an approved forklift training course in order to be given you forklift certificate.
The training will last from one to 5 days depending on your previous experience.
The following are government approved forklift training providers
Make sure that your course is approved by one the the following body’s:
- Association of Industrial Truck Trainers
- Lantra Awards
- National Plant Operators Registration Scheme
- Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR)
- Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB)
Your certificate will usually need to be renewed every two years, although this is subject to the Health and Safety Executive, Insurance Policy’s or individual firms policy’s.