Introduction to Forklift Training

Operating a forklift has been aligned to registered unit standards.  You will be assessed against the outcomes of the unit standards by completing a knowledge assignment that covers the essential embedded knowledge stipulated in the unit standards, and by compiling a portfolio of evidence that provides proof of your ability to apply the learning to your work situation.


Persons credited with this Unit Standard are able to operate a counter-balanced lift truck in a safe manner.

They will also be able to conduct pre and post inspections to ensure the performance of the lift truck to handle the loading and storage of freight by using the equipment and its accessories in the required manner. They will also be able to access emergency systems and services in the event of an incident or accident.

Who must complete the Forklift Training

This course is targeted at employees with responsibilities for functions within the workplace that relate to operating forklifts.

  •  Novice Training:  5 days
  •  Recertification:  1 day

Forklift Training Re-Certification

Mechanical appreciation:

  •  Operator maintenance areas
  •  Cooling system, Lubrication system, Fuel system, Electrical system
  •  Gauges
  •  Tyres
  •  Differential
  •  Inching equipment
  •  Braking system
  •  Mast and forks
  •  Hydraulic system
  •  Steering
  •  Transmission
  •  Diagnosing engine faults
  •  Driving the fork lift truck correctly


  •  Refuelling petrol and diesel powered forklifts
  •  Safety procedures
  •  Refuelling gas powered forklifts
  •  The traction battery
  •  Replacing the fork truck battery pack
  •  Filling in the fuel usage log

Pre-operating Inspection:

  •  Checking the mast, Checking the tyres
  •  Overhead guard inspections
  •  Engine compartment inspections
  •  Brakes and hydraulics
  •  Driver’s compartments
  •  Lifting gear
  •  In-cab checks and inspections
  •  Setting the driving position
  •  Pre-start check of the controls
  •  Checking lifting controls and functionality
  •  Starting the fork truck
  •  Checking ancillary equipment and controls
  •  Shut-down checks and inspections
  •  Checking driving controls and functionality

Maintaining a Logbook:

  •  The logbook
  •  Fork truck checklist
  •  Fuel usage log, Filling in the fuel usage log
  •  Accident report

Operator Controls:

  •  Types of operating controls
  •  Driving controls, Lifting controls


  •  Pre-operating safety precautions, Start-up safety precautions, Shut-down safety precautions
  •  Driving safety precautions
  •  Relationship between load and stability of a fork truck
  •  Load chart rating
  •  The seesaw principle of leverage, Principle of leverage
  •  Hazardous cargo safety precautions
  •  Container loading safety precautions
  •  Refuelling safety procedures
  •  Driving on public roads
  •  Emergency services
  •   Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993
  •   Protective clothing


  •  Manoeuvring / clearance
  •  Towing
  •  Manoeuvring through a practice course with & without a load
  •  Observation
  •  Hand signals
  •  Horn

Loading and Off-loading:

  •  Loading a container, Off-loading a container
  •  Loading a trailer, Off-loading a trailer
  •  Loading a box car, Off-loading a box car


  •  Storage areas
  •  Store layouts
  •  Stacking methods
  •  Pallets
  •  Handling of flat pallets
  •  Block stacking
  •  Handling of interlocking cage type pallets
  •  Bin pallets stacking
  •  Steel stacking
  •  Hazardous material stacking

Handling Cargo:

  •  Handling cargo with pictorial markers
  •  Warning diamonds
  •  Lifting and transporting procedure
  •  Hazardous cargo
  •  Handling drums using a drum attachment
  •  Attachments
  •  Handle paper rolls using paper clamps

The programme methodology includes facilitator presentations, readings, individual activities, group discussions and skill application exercises.

Know what you want to get out of the programme from the beginning and start applying your new skills immediately. Participate as much as possible so that the learning will be interactive and stimulating.

Forklift Stacking and Storing

Require knowledge and skills to enable you to operate and work with a Forklift in the safest and most competent way possible.

Provide you with the required knowledge on the principles the machine works on.

To help you understand the different methods of handling and storing of freight.

Operate equipment in accordance with laid down organizational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturers guidelines.

Pre-check and operational checks, operating, shutting down and parking of the counterbalance lift truck. Available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents.

What is the minimum candidates that can attend the forklift training course per group?
A minimum of 2 candidates can attend per group.

What is the maximum candidates that can attend the forklift training course per group?
A maximum of 4 candidates can attend forklift training.

Where does forklift license training take place?
Forklift License training takes place at the client premises, a forklift should be available for practicals.

Are your forklift training courses accredited?
Yes, the course is accredited with the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)

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