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Considering whether to embark on forklift truck novice training?

Regardless of whether you’re new to operating heavy machinery or have been interested in construction and warehousing for a while now, we can help.

Below, our expert team of qualified forklift operator instructors explains exactly what to expect when you decide to undergo forklift novice training.

What’s involved in forklift training for novices?

Designed for those with no prior knowledge of forklift truck operation, SB Skills’ accredited forklift novice training course involves teaching basic operator training while also ensuring the relevant health and safety regulations are observed.

Once the course has been successfully completed by a novice applicant, they must be able to conduct a routine pre-inspection of the vehicle, and then competently and safely operate the relevant forklift truck model according to the manufacturer’s procedures manual.

They must also show an understanding of the risks posed to trucks and their loads, including the causes of forklift instability.

How long does a novice forklift course last?

The length of a forklift truck novice training course will naturally vary depending on the number of course members, instructors, and trucks.

Often, employers will send several staff members for group forklift training to help save on costs and upskill more of their workforce at once.

By way of illustration, a three-person forklift novice training course led by an SB Skills instructor with one forklift truck will typically take five days (or 32.5 working hours) to complete, while the two-person alternative takes four days (or 26 working hours).

The one-person version requires just three days (or 19.5 hours).

Novice forklift training at SB Skills Solutions

Here at SB Skills Solutions, we offer a wide variety of industrial forklift truck operator courses – including those for novices as well as experienced operators looking for conversion or refresher training.

This course also meets the requirements placed upon employers set out by The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, as well as the duties mentioned in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and those in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and additional relevant regulations and codes of practice.

Regardless of which course is right for you, our experienced team of expert instructors is on hand every step of the way to provide support and guidance.

As a trusted national training provider, we offer NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) accredited courses alongside our own in-house training provision, so there’s plenty of options to explore to suit your specific requirements.

If you’d like to learn more about our courses or have a query, don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

To speak to one of our friendly team members about your forklift training requirements, simply give us a call on 01695 558 420.

Alternatively, you can also email your enquiry to or fill and submit our convenient online contact form.