The RTITB Forklift Training Course – Counterbalance – Conversion Operator course is designed for those with an existing qualification in one category, but requires either a different type of machine or a different licence within the same machine type e.g. B1 Counterbalance licence (up to 5 tonnes) being converted to include the B2 Counterbalance licence (5-15 tonnes). Our open courses provide training on a counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity.
Since the safe use of forklift trucks require that delegates consult safety notices and read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual, English literacy and language comprehension are important requirements for any user.
Successful delegates will receive an e-certificate accredited by RTITB which will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the course.
At the end of the course, delegates will take a short multiple choice test. There are a number of safety critical questions that must be answered correctly in order to pass the examination.
Once delegates have passed the theory test, they move onto the practical assessment where they will be tested on their ability to operate correctly and skilfully, but also without undue slowness, hesitancy or excessive speed. There are a number of exercises that must be completed such as stacking and de-stacking operations, reversing and accelerating.
The cut off for the practical assessment is 40 penalty points, however there are some circumstances where the delegate could be disqualified from completing the test such as violent collisions, operating dangerously, unsafe stacking or incurring more than three 5 point penalties in one area.
The agenda for the RTITB Fork Lift Truck Operator Course - Conversion (Counterbalance) includes:
- Introduction to the forklift truck to be used - Daily Maintenance Checks
- Relevant Legislation and Regulations - Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER 1998, LOLER 1998 and L117 - Rider Operated lift trucks (ACOP & Guidance)
- Pre-use inspection and take over maintenance
- Care of batteries/LPG/Diesel Trucks
- Controls and instruments
- Weight assessment / Stability Factors
- Starting, moving and stopping the truck
- Handling laden and unladen pallets
- Operation of hydraulic controls
- Stacking/de-stacking – free standing and in racking at various heights
- Loading and Unloading Procedures
- Safety code testing
- Practical test of basic operating skills
- Written test of operating knowledge
"Instructor was great. Lots of help on practical"
- Peter Sampson
"Great course, the practical was great and had lots of help on the theory too. Friendly staff"
- Paul Harmin
"A good course that expanded on my knowledge. Now feel a lot more confident to operate the counterbalance course"
- Steve Dawson
"Friendly course, great to expand my knowledge on a new machine"
- David Berry
"Feel a lot better on this machine now, great theory part of the course. Instructor was knowledgeable and helpful"
- Simon Potter