Forklift Training Courses

Pro Trainers UK is an accredited forklift training organisation in Manchester with the I.T.S.S.A.R. and National Plant (NPORS) training body. This means that our training has to be a certain standard and is monitored on a regular basis to ensure quality . Our forklift training certification is nationally recognised, meaning it can be used all over the country.

All of our courses include the following:

  • Basic ITSSAR or National Plant NPORS Registration
  • Full Certification and Test Fees
  • Provision of ID card with photograph
  • Certificate of Basic Training
  • A detailed course manual with working exercises (except Refresher courses)
  • Courses can either be conducted onsite, or at our Manchester premises.

Contact us for a detailed overview of courses available

Forklift Course Breakdown

We provide a wide range of forklift training courses to ensure that your training needs are fully supplied. Just establish which course is required, then decide what level is needed depending on your (or your employees’) level of experience. Give us a call to clarify your needs or book your staff in! Our courses vary in length depending upon the requirements of the pupils.

Novice forklift course (5 Day)

Aimed at people with no previous experience. Courses can either be conducted at our Manchester based premises or onsite at a suitable location.

Operator forklift course (3 Day)

Aimed at people who have had previous operating experience, but either do not have a certificate or are unable to provide proof that they held one.

Refresher forklift course (1 Day)

For those operators who have been trained and tested in the UK in the past, and are able to provide the certificate (or copy of) proving that they have had this.

Conversion course

For those operators who already hold a certificate in one type of fork truck, but would like to gain a certificate in another type to gain wider appeal to prospective employers.


Training centre pricing:

  • Novice Forklift Course – Duration 5 days: £499.00
  • Experienced Operator Forklift Course – Duration 3 days: £375.00
  • Refresher Forklift Course – Duration 1 day: £209.00
  • Refresher Combined Counter Balance and Reach: £299.00
  • Counter Balance, Reach and Pivot Steer: £399.00
  • Conversion Course: £230.00

Once you have completed a 5-day foundation course on one truck then you can convert to others and they range from 1 – 2 days at the above costs.

Experienced operators are those who operate but never received any formal training.

We also offer 1-2-1 training at the following durations and costs:

  • Novice forklift foundation – Duration 3 days: £600.00
  • Conversion to another truck – Duration 1 day: £360.00

For test only please call us to discuss 0161 773 3677 or 07968287552

Test only is a good option for people who have been in-house trained and looking for accredited certification. Registration is £6.00 per person.

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5 star review

I have worked with Pro Trainers UK for over 15 years and used their services at Major companies including BASF, Akzo Nobel and Granyte Surface Coatings.
In all this time the Pro Trainers UK team have demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and professionalism and attention to detail. All personnel who have been involved with Pro Trainers UK on the Forklift training courses have always spoken highly of their character and ability to create a positive team spirit. I would strongly recommend Pro Trainers UK to anyone or company.

Keith Howson
OPERATIONS MANAGER at a reputable coatings firm

5 star reviewI would recommend Mark Jones and Pro-Trainers as both NVQ providers and FLT instructors. Both roles were carried out for us to the highest degree and commitment with all 30 of our staff achieving the Level 2 NVQ in Plant Operations. I would like to wish Mark and his team every success in the future and look forward to working with them again.

Carol Powell
Assistant Outsourcing Manager at Aktrion Logistics Management

5 star review

Mark had an in depth knowledge of the subject and delivered the topic in a friendly, and easy to understand way. I would definitely use Mark Jones (pro trainers UK) in the future.

Chris Jones
EHS Co-ordinator at Sherwin Williams, Protective and Marine (formerly Leighs Paints) Top tier CoMAH site.


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Practical test for fork truck operators revised April 2000. This test has been validated by the Joint Industry Council and is approved by the ITSSAR for all forklift training purposes.

It should be noted that this test should be in use by all accredited bodies and is recognised as the definitive test by the Health and Safety Commission. The test now comprises three parts, all of which must be taken and passed before a certificate of basic training can be given. It is often wrongly assumed that once a person has passed this test she/he is entitled to a fork lift truck operators’ “licence”. In fact there is no such thing! The passing of this test merely indicates that a person has been on an approved training course and has demonstrated the necessary skills needed to operate a forklift safely.

It is also important to note that training is not complete until all three stages of training as defined by the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) have been covered. These are:

  • Basic training – passing the test described on this page
  • Specific job training – defined as knowledge of the workplace and any special handling attachments
  • Familiarisation training which can be done “on the job” under close supervision

Please note that there are two versions of this test which allow for the fact that some test courses cannot be set up with loads on both sides of the main aisle. The main aisle dimensions are now different for reach trucks to reflect their greater manoeuvrability.

  • The practical test shown above requires the candidate to drive forwards and reverse through the chicane twice instead of just once as previously.
  • The candidates are now expected to pass a written question paper and achieve a minimum score of 80%. Five of these questions are “open” instead of the usual multi-choice.
  • Trainees are also examined on their ability to complete pre-use checks as part of the test
  • Trainees of our Manchester based forklift training courses should be aware that the marking sheet associated with the practical test has been revised so that some faults score higher than before. The common aim behind this test is to improve driving and safety standards for everyone and it should be noted that, apart from cosmetic changes, the old test has been in use since 1972.

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Counter Balanced Forklifts

Counter balance forklifts balance a load with the weight of the truck, and its forks go up and down but do not pivot, and run parallel to the body of the forklift. The counterbalancing concept has been applied to several different types of forklifts including:

  • Walkie Pallet Trucks; Highly manoeuvrable trucks that get into tight spaces to take and deliver their loads, with the operator walking behind them.
  • Walkie Stackers; Lift higher than the pallet truck for great staking.
  • Rider Pallet Trucks; Best for dock work, the operator ride inside this forklift.
  • Tow Tractors; A walk or ride forklift.
  • Wave Work Assist Vehicle; Can reach 17 feet high.

With distinct design advantages, and available in three and four wheel models, they are made to be ridden, and can be a durable as tough as a durable truck. View our counter-balance training courses here.

Reach forklifts

Reach forklifts can extend to reach a load. The moving carriage model is common in North America, and the moving mast is common in the rest of the world.

  • The Moving Carriage; Also know as a “Telescoping Forklift,” this tool has an extendable boom that rotates upwards, allowing the operator to lift and reach, while moving in and out horizontally. This allows the operator to move a load directly into a building with one control, instead of having the drive and reposition the load for proper insertion. The moving carriage is popular with masonry contractors because of its versatility.
  • The Mast; The Mast forklift has a vertical frame from which the forks can raise and lower loads. This forklift is used in industrial warehouses, brick and block supply yards, and sometimes on construction sites.

View our reach forklift training courses here.

Pivot Steer Forklifts

Pivot steer forklifts, also called a “narrow aisle”  forklift, is usually narrow than most other lifts, and the operator may have to stand when operating it. This allows the body of the machine to be shorter and narrower, so that it is able to pivot to the sides to allow the machine to be operated with repositioning the machine. It can have three or four wheels, and an electric engine for indoor use.

Different attachments include a “sideshifter,” a set of blades that can move laterally as well as vertically, so that the blades can be repositioned easily without moving the entire vehicle. View our pivot steer forklift courses here.

Lorry Mounted Forklifts

A lorry mounted forklift mounts on the back of a larger truck, or lorry, so it may be transported to a job site. This forklift usually has three wheels and pneumatic tires to help is stability and manoeuvrability. It can raise pallets to the height of the truck’s bed or deck.

The lorry mounted forklift combines functionality with portability, making it mobile jobs that much easier. Between shifts it can be driven onto the truck bed or stored off the rear of the truck by inserting its blades into specially designed sleeves. It is then lifted off the ground for safe and secure transport.

On a three wheel vehicle, the rear wheel is used for steering, the other two wheels for stability when lifting. View our lorry mounted forklift training courses here.

Differences in forklifts emphasise the differences in jobs needs. An operator may need a counterbalance lift if they are hauling extremely heavy loads that may destabilise the forklift. A truck mounted forklift may be needed when an operator has to travel to a job site, and narrow workspaces may need a pivoting vehicle. The operator may also have to choose between a Mast and Carriage lifter depending on the job height and may need a picker when moving stacking loads in a tight warehouse.

Choices should always be made to use the right vehicle for the job, a forklift that gives the operator not only the best manoeuvrable and strength but also keeps the environment safe for the driver and everyone else in and around the work site. Contact us at our forklift training centre in Manchester today to discuss our course options.

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Forklift Training in Manchester

Our operating Areas include Altrincham, Ardwick, Ashton under Lyne, Blackfriars, Bramhall, Broughton, Bury, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton cum Hardy, Collyhurst, Denton, Didsbury, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Eccles, Failsworth, Gatley, Heaton Moor, Hulme Hall, Hyde, Irlam, Longford, Manchester, Marple, Middleton, Moss Side, Oldham, Partington, Pendleton, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ringway, Rusholme, Sale, Stalybridge, Stepping Hill, StockportStretfordSwinton, Trafford, UrmstonWalkden, Whitefield, Woodley, Wythenshawe.