Counterbalance forklift – Forklift trucks

NVQ Counterbalance forklift

Awarding Body:

SQA

Training course type:

Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction). Work-place on-site assessment

Novice training course duration:

Up to 1 year to complete all NVQ units

Card options:

5-year NPORS CSCS competent operator blue card. 5-year CPCS CSCS competent operator blue card

Minimum age:

16

Restrictions:

Workplace experience using counterbalance forklifts. CITB test for operatives with in 24 months

Instructor:

Bertie Tupper & Tuppco assessors

What’s involved in the assessment?

The candidate will be assessed on NVQ units relating to health and safety and machinery operation by means of

  • Observation
  • Questions
  • Demonstrations
  • Professional discussion
  • Witness testimonies

Assessment criteria

Mandatory core NVQ units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Preparing and operating industrial forklift trucks to lift and transfer loads in the workplace

Venue and equipment requirements

  • Suitable and safe area to lift and lower loads
  • Palletised loads (IBC containers or similar)
  • Lorry bed or flatbed trailer
  • Varying terrain and slopes
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Industrial counterbalance lift truck and attachments
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed
  • In date thorough test examination for machine

PPE Requirements

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

On-site NVQ assessments delivered

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil

What is a counterbalance forklift?

The counterbalance forklift features two forks at the front and has the ability to drive up close to a load to pick it up and move it. The name comes from the counterweight in the rear of the vehicle. This is to compensate for the heavy load being lifted at the front

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying

Known as:

Industrial counterbalance lift truck, lift truck, forklift, Material handler

Manufactures:

Manitou, Linde, Doosan, Toyota, Hyster

Functions:

Lifting loads, Pallets, Bulk material moving, Operate attachments
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