FAQ

What is the difference between a Forklift Certificate and a Forklift Licence?

When you are qualified you will receive a Certificate to show to your employer.  Some people simply call the Certificate a Licence.

When does a Forklift Certificate Expire?

Each company has their own Heath &Safety Policy and procedures.  Some companies ask their operators to re-certificate every 3 years, some companies want operators to re-certificate every 5 years.  Although your certificate does not have an expiry date it is important to keep up to date with changes in legislation or operating procedures to avoid any incidents or accidents in the workplace.

How can I be sure my Certificate will be recognised by employers?

RS Forklift training is accredited with RTITB the leading accreditation body.  When RS Forklift training  delivers your warehouse forklift training we register your training details which means your qualification is available on the RTITB website for you, or your employer, to view and is proof that you’ve had correct training. RTITB issue NORS registration numbers.

As it’s not a legal requirement to become registered, so be careful, as some forklift training providers – who don’t provide the registration option – will still charge you for unregistered training.

Are there any restrictions to who can attend for training?

Training is available to anyone aged 17 or older who is physically and mentally fit an no special needs or learning difficulties and does not suffer from problems with eyesight, hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness, difficulty with balance, impaired limb functions, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.any medical condition or medication that prohibits car driving equally apply to operating machinery),

Do I need a car licence to take forklift training?

You do not need a car driving licence to use a forklift.

I have previous forklift experience will one day be enough?

Anyone with forklift operating experience but no previous formal training may need corrective tuition, therefore and may require more than a one day re-certification/refresher course to develop and improve operating skills as well as learn theoretical knowledge of safe working practices and legislation.

What proof of training and qualification do I receive?

At the end of training operators complete both written theory and practical checks to ensure confirmation of learning. Successful operators will be offered both a certificate and photo card endorsed by the appropriate training body.  Company sponsored operators certificates will bear the name of the company unless we are advised otherwise.

How many people will be with me on training?

Usually our courses at our Training Centres are conducted on a 2:1 basis

On-site at client premises we can offer 3:1 training, i.e. three people to one instructor each day.

How many days of training will I need?

RTITB (through the Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) publish guidelines with recommended duration of training for the different types of forklifts and other machines – click here to see the NORS Matrix

What if English is not my first language?

Our instructors communicate in English therefore anyone with limited ability in conversational English must supply a translator. Literacy and numeracy skills are required as being able to read and thoroughly understand UK Safety Notices and Manufacturers Instruction Manuals, which may also be written in English, is important.