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VNA Forklift Training in Manchester


Fully accredited VNA Man Up, Man Down & Order Picker forklift courses. 1 to 5 day course, depending on experience.

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VNA (Very Narrow Aisle)  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 VNA forklift certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

All of our VNA training courses include: 

  • Training courses for VNA Forklift (Man up, man down, high-level order picker, and low-level order picker) 

  • 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)

  • VNA courses are only available onsite.



Our VNA Forklift Training Courses


 VNA 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 VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) 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: VNA Forklift Course

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 VNA forklift courses are only 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 VNA forklifts.


Key Assessment Areas

  1. Pre-Operational Checks: Participants are trained to conduct thorough pre-operational checks, including inspecting forks, carriage, backrest, mast, chains, wheels & tyres, battery, guards, engine oil, coolant, fuel, hydraulic oil, rams & pipes, controls, brakes, steering, instruments, horn, attachments, and other essential components. This ensures that the forklift is in optimal condition before use.

  2. Maneuvering: During the course, participants navigate the VNA forklift through a test chicane/obstacle course, both forward and reverse, while handling various loads. This practical exercise enhances their maneuvering skills in tight spaces typical of very narrow aisles.

  3. Alignment: Participants execute precise 90º turns, both left and right, in forward and reverse directions within a working aisle configuration tailored to the specific characteristics of the VNA forklift being used. This ensures accurate alignment and efficient operation in confined spaces.

  4. Transportation: The course includes training on driving the VNA forklift around the working area, both laden and unladen, while navigating through challenging conditions such as ramps, uneven ground, low headroom, uneven loads, and wide loads. Participants learn to safely maneuver the forklift in diverse environments.

  5. Stacking: Participants practice bulk stacking and de-stacking of loads at varying heights, including ground level, eye level, and high level, as well as in front of a vertical face. They also learn proper stacking techniques within pallet racking systems to optimize storage space and ensure load stability.

  6. End of Shift Procedures: At the conclusion of each shift, participants are trained to perform essential end-of-shift tasks, such as refuelling the forklift, parking it in a designated safe area, placing the forks on the ground, applying the parking brake, removing the ignition key, placing the forklift on charge if required, conducting a thorough defect check, and ensuring the forklift is left safe and secure for the next operation.

Testing and Certification Details


The Practical Test and Its Importance

Our VNA forklift 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 VNA 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 VNA 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 VNA forklift operation.


1. What are the different types of VNA forklift courses offered by Pro Trainers UK?

Pro Trainers UK offers four VNA forklift course options:

  • Man-Up: In this course, the operator is lifted with the machine to reach higher levels within the narrow aisles.

  • Man-Down: Operators remain in the cab on the floor level while operating the forklift within the narrow aisles.

  • High-Level Order Picker: This course focuses on operating VNA forklifts equipped with elevated platforms for picking goods at high levels.

  • Low-Level Order Picker: Participants learn to operate VNA forklifts designed for picking goods at lower levels within narrow aisles.


2. What are the prerequisites for enrolling in a VNA forklift course?

Completion of our novice forklift course is required for those new to forklift operation. Once passed, a conversion course for VNA forklifts can be completed


3. How long is the duration of each VNA forklift course?

The duration of each VNA forklift course varies depending on the specific type and complexity of training required. Please contact our team for detailed information on course durations.


4. Are the VNA forklift courses conducted onsite or at Pro Trainers UK's training centre?

Both options are available. Participants can choose to have the training conducted onsite at their premises or at Pro Trainers UK's training centre in Manchester.


5. Will I receive certification upon completing a VNA forklift course?

Yes, upon successful completion of the VNA forklift course, participants will receive certification from Pro Trainers UK, indicating their competence in operating VNA forklifts.


6. Are the VNA forklift courses tailored to specific industry requirements?

Yes, our VNA forklift courses are designed to meet the specific needs and challenges of various industries, ensuring that participants are trained to operate VNA forklifts safely and efficiently within their respective work environments.


7. Can I receive further assistance or clarification on course details?

Absolutely! Our team at Pro Trainers UK is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance. Feel free to reach out to us for any additional information or clarification regarding our VNA forklift courses.



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