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MultiDirectional Forklift Training in Manchester


Fully accredited multidirectional / sideloader forklift courses. 1 to 5 day course, depending on experience.

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Multidirectional forklift 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 multidirectional / sideloader forklift certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

All of our multidirectional forklift training courses include: 

  • Training courses for multidirectional / side-loader forklift

  • 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)

  • Multidirectional / side-loader forklift courses are only conducted onsite



Our Multidirectional Training Courses


 Multidirectional Forklift 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 multidirectional / side-loader 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: Multidirectional Forklift Training

Target Audience: Certified operators looking to expand their skills to multidirectional forklift trucks.

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

Availability: Multidirectional forklift courses are only conducted 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 multidirectional 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 multidirectional 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 multidirectional 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 multidirectional forklift 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 Multidirectional operation.


1. Where are the multidirectional forklift courses conducted?

Multidirectional forklift courses (also known as sideloading forklift courses) are exclusively conducted onsite at your premises. Our experienced trainers will come directly to your location to provide comprehensive training tailored to your specific workplace environment.

2. What is a multidirectional forklift?

A multidirectional forklift is a specialized type of forklift designed to handle long, bulky loads in narrow aisles or confined spaces. It has the ability to move in multiple directions, including sideways, allowing for efficient manoeuvring in tight areas.

3. Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in a multidirectional forklift course?

While there are no formal prerequisites, participants are expected to have a basic understanding of forklift operation. If you are new to forklift operation, we recommend starting with our novice forklift course before enrolling in the multidirectional forklift training.

4. How long is the duration of the multidirectional forklift course?

The duration of the course may vary depending on factors such as the complexity of training required and the number of participants. Please contact us for specific details regarding the duration of the multidirectional forklift course.

5. What topics are covered in the multidirectional forklift training?

Our multidirectional forklift course covers a range of topics, including safe operation techniques, load handling, manoeuvring in narrow aisles, and workplace hazard awareness. Participants will also receive hands-on training to develop practical skills.

6. Will I receive certification upon completing the multidirectional forklift course?

Yes, participants who successfully complete the multidirectional forklift course will receive certification from Pro Trainers UK. This certification demonstrates competence in operating multidirectional forklifts safely and effectively.

7. Can multidirectional 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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