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Counterbalance Forklift Training in Manchester


Fully accredited B1, B2 & B3 counterbalance forklift courses. 1 to 5 day course, depending on experience.

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Counterbalance training courses

Pro Trainers UK is an accredited forklift training organisation in Manchester with the LANTRA, I.T.S.S.A.R. and National Plant (NPORS) training bodies. Our training is delivered to an exceptional standard and is monitored regularly to ensure quality. Our counterbalance certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

All of our counterbalance training courses include: 

  • Training courses for Counterbalance B1, B2, and B3

  • Certification options for Quality Assurance, NPORS, LANTRA and ITSSAR

  • 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.



Our Counterbalance Forklift Training Courses


 Counterbalance Conversion Course

At Pro Trainers UK, we're committed to delivering forklift training that not only meets but exceeds the standards set by industry bodies. Our counterbalance forklift courses are meticulously designed to ensure your team reaches the pinnacle of operational proficiency. We take pride in our detailed assessment reports, tailored specifically to each course, giving you the peace of mind that your employees are fully competent in all aspects of the training.

Course Name: Counterbalance B1, B2 & B3 Training

Target Audience: Certified operators looking to expand their skills to other types of forklifts.

Duration: Varies based on specific needs. Typically 1 day with a maximum of 3 participants

Availability: Our B1 and B2 courses are available both in our training centre and on location at your site. Our B3 courses are available onsite.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire the ability to operate different types of forklifts.

  • Enhance employability with a broader skill set.

  • Receive a comprehensive certification for counterbalance forklifts.


Key Assessment Areas

  • Pre-Operational Checks: We rigorously evaluate the ability to conduct thorough checks on all critical components of the forklift – from forks and carriage to batteries and brakes, ensuring every part is in top working condition before operation.

  • Manoeuvring: Our assessment includes navigating the forklift through a challenging chicane/obstacle course, both forward and reverse, with and without loads, to test practical handling skills under various conditions.

  • Alignment: Trainees are tested on their precision in executing 90º turns in both directions, forward and reverse, demonstrating their adeptness in tight and active working aisles, tailored to the specific truck being used.

  • Transportation: We assess the ability to safely drive the forklift around the working area, tackling a range of real-life scenarios including ramps, uneven grounds, and different load types, to ensure comprehensive operational capability.

  • Stacking: Our trainees undergo thorough evaluation on their bulk stacking and de-stacking skills at different heights and in pallet racking, ensuring they can handle loads safely and efficiently at all levels.

  • External Transport: The assessment covers loading and unloading activities from various transports such as lorries, vans, trailers, or rail wagons, ensuring proficiency in a range of external transport operations.

  • End of Shift Procedures: We ensure each trainee knows how to conclude their shift responsibly – refuelling, safely parking the lift truck, applying the parking brake, checking for defects, and leaving the truck secure and ready for the next day.

Testing and Certification Details


The Practical Test and Its Importance

Our counterbalance training culminates in a practical test, a crucial step towards certification. This test, validated and approved by either NPORS, LANTRA, ITSSAR or Quality Assurance (depending on your preferences) is a comprehensive evaluation of your forklift operating skills. Passing this test signifies that you have attained the proficiency required to operate a counterbalance forklift safely and effectively. It's important to note that this test is not just a formality; it's a rigorous assessment that ensures you are ready for real-world forklift operations.


Three stages of Training

Basic Training: This is where you'll learn the fundamentals of counterbalance operation, including handling and safety procedures. It's the first step towards becoming a competent operator.

Specific Job Training: Tailored to your workplace, this stage includes training on specific handling attachments and knowledge of the work environment.

Familiarisation Training: Conducted on the job under close supervision, this stage allows you to apply what you've learned in a practical setting, ensuring you're comfortable and competent in your specific work context.


Test Revisions & Expectations

The practical test has undergone revisions to ensure it remains relevant and challenging. These changes include an updated marking sheet, where certain faults may now score higher, reflecting the emphasis on safety and precision in operations. Additionally, the test now includes a written component, where candidates are expected to achieve a minimum score of 80%. This includes both multiple-choice and open questions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of Counterbalance operation.


1. What is counterbalance forklift training? Counterbalance forklift training is a comprehensive course designed to equip operators with the skills required to safely and efficiently operate counterbalance forklifts. This type of forklift is one of the most common and versatile, suitable for a wide range of lifting tasks in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other settings.

2. Who should enrol in counterbalance forklift training? This course is ideal for individuals with no prior experience operating forklifts, as well as experienced operators looking to gain formal certification or refresh their skills. It’s perfect for anyone seeking to enhance their employability in logistics, warehousing, and various industrial sectors.

3. Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in the counterbalance forklift training course? Participants must have undertaken basic forklift training before enrolling on a counterbalance conversion course.

4. How long does the counterbalance forklift training course last? The duration of the counterbalance forklift training can vary, typically ranging from 1 to 5 days depending on whether you are a novice, taking a refresher course, or seeking conversion training from another forklift type.

5. What will I learn during the counterbalance forklift training? Participants will learn essential skills, including conducting pre-operational checks, safe loading and unloading techniques, manoeuvring in tight spaces, and understanding the balance and stability principles specific to counterbalance forklifts. Safety practices and operational efficiency are also key components of the training.

6. Where is the counterbalance forklift training conducted? Pro Trainers UK offers flexible training options, including at our dedicated training centre equipped with the latest facilities, or onsite at your workplace, provided the environment is suitable for comprehensive forklift operation training.

7. What type of certification will I receive upon completing the training? Upon successful completion, trainees will receive a recognised certification from Pro Trainers UK, accredited by NPORS, LANTRA, ITSSAR, or featuring our in-house 'Quality Assurance', confirming their competency in counterbalance forklift operation.

8. Can counterbalance forklift training be tailored to specific industries or operational needs? Absolutely. We understand that different workplaces have unique requirements, so our training can be customised to address the specific needs of your industry, ensuring the skills learned are directly applicable to your operational context.



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