Forklift - Counterbalance & Side Loader - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
3-5 days RTITB Certificate of Competence

Course Summary

The RTITB Forklift Counterbalance and Sideloader Course is designed for existing operators who have some experience using a counterbalance forklift truck who wish to expand their skills to operate a sideloader truck. This course will provide suitable and sufficient understanding of current relevant legislation, best practice and safe use of counterbalance and sideloader forklift trucks.

The RTITB Forklift Counterbalance and Sideloader Course agenda will include:-

  •     Introduction to the lift truck to be used
  •     The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  •     PUWER 98 Legislation refresher
  •     LOLER 98 (Lifting Operations-Lifting Equipment Regulations)
  •     Safety codes for using Sideloader trucks
  •     Key principles of sideloading and lifting
  •     Pre-use inspection and take over maintenance
  •     Controls and instruments
  •     Weight assessment
  •     Starting, moving and stopping of the forklift truck
  •     Handling laden and unladen pallets
  •     Operation of hydraulic controls
  •     Stacking/de-stacking – free standing and in racking
  •     Safety code testing
  •     Practical test of basic operating skills
  •     Written test of operating knowledge

Multiple Choice and Written Paper, then a Practical Assessment.

Each successful delegate will receive an RTITB Certificate of Competence and Photo ID Card which will be valid for 3 years.

Who is it for?

Personnel who will be responsible for the safe use Counterbalance and Sideloader Forklift Trucks.

You will need
  •     Hard hat
  •     Steel toe-boots
  •     Protective glasses
  •     High-vis vest
  •     Gloves
Your skill level

Candidates who have some experience and will be familiar with the steering and operating characteristics of a counterbalance forklift truck but who will not have had the benefit of adequate, formal training in basic operating skills for the Sideloader forklift truck. Candidates will gain a nationally recognised qualification in the safe use of counterbalance and sideloader forklift trucks.


Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Who is the Accrediting Body?

The Forklift Course is accredited by the RTITB.

Are there any car parking spaces available?

Yes, there are a lot of FREE car parking spaces available in the area.

What accommodation is available?

There are a variety of hotels and B & B’s in the area. There is a list available to assist you with booking your stay.

Am I going to feel safe during my course participation?

Beside the fact that our staff and the environment of the school will make you feel happy and safe, CCTV is operating in most of the school’s areas.

I’m getting on a bit, is it like going back to school and will I feel out of place?

Not at all. A large percentage of our learners are mature students simply keeping up to date with current standards. Everybody is made to feel welcome in the centre.