RTITB Fork Lift Truck Operator Course - Refresher (Counterbalance)

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Course Overview

Our RTITB Fork Lift Truck Operator Course - Refresher (Counterbalance) delivers a minimum of 6.5 hours of instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 3 delegates, providing the skills needed to refresh their certification in order to operate fork lift trucks safely and efficiently, carry out a pre-use inspections and recall and explain the causes of truck and load instability.

This course is available for those operators with documentary evidence of formal training and who wish to renew their certification to use counterbalance forklift truck and will include theory instruction and assessment followed by practical operator training and assessment which will comply with the standard laid down in accordance with the HSE code of practice L117. This course enables successful operators to use any counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity (with authorisation) anywhere in the UK.

This course consists of a classroom lecture, DVD presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.


The RTITB Forklift Training Course – Counterbalance – Refresher Operator course is designed for those with prior documented experience of forklift truck operation, who wish to refresh their qualification in the safe and correct use of counterbalance forklift up to a 5000 kg lifting capacity. The certification does not need to be in date to qualify to attend this course, and does not necessarily have to be a previous RTITB qualification.

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.

At the end of the course, delegates will take a short multiple choice test. Please click here for a copy of an RTITB Mock Paper. 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 skillfully, but also without undue slowness, hesitancy or excessive speed. There are a number of exercises that must be completed such as stacking and destacking 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.

Successful delegates will receive a certificate and Photo ID card accredited by RTITB which will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the course.

Successful delegates will gain a better understanding of current relevant legislation, best practice and refresh their skills and ability in the safe use of Counter Balance Fork Trucks up to 5000kg capacity in line with current approved methods and manufacturer’s instructions. The course agenda 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

"The instructor very good gave us plenty of practical training"
- Alan Sparrow

"Very happy with the training, learnt some new things and am completely confident on the truck"
- David Pollendine

"Great instruction, highly detailed. Highly recommended"
- Joe Goldsmith

"The instructor helped me relax & settled me down after i was very nervous. He explained everything 100% perfect & made the course very easy to understand"
- Daniel Barton

"Very good refresher course, bad habits identified and rectified in a friendly manner"
- Stephen German