Forklift training costs vary considerably depending on the type, location and duration of fork lift courses that are available.
The most common training durations are:
1 Day Course
This is normally taken as either a refresher course or in order to facilitate the skills testing of an already very experienced operator, who perhaps simply wants to become licensed by a new body.
2/3 Day Course
This is for people who already have some experience with driving forklift trucks, but perhaps are not as well-informed about the principles of loading a truck, different ways to manoeuvre it, or some of the different safety principles and who either want a refresher course or to be re-licensed.
5 Day Course
This is normally taken by people who are totally new to driving a forklift truck and who need a complete course in using one. These are often labelled as “novice” courses by the training providers, because they start from first principles and assume that you have no previous knowledge of driving a forklift.
There are also numerous specialist courses in operating pallet trucks, reach forklifts, counterbalance forklifts, pivot steer trucks, very narrow aisle trucks, telescopic handler trucks and combilift trucks and also to train already experienced operators to become instructors of the novice courses.
These can last anywhere from 1 to 10 Days, and can cost up to around £1100 for the instructor courses.
These are quite a bit more advanced however, and so most people will start off by doing a 5 Day Novice Course.
Five Day Novice Course
Typically a five day novice course would combine variations of the following elements:
- The Practical Operations involved in driving a truck
- The relevant Health and Safety at Work legislation that covers forklifts
- How to stay safe on a construction site
- The best ways to stack and de-stack loads
- How to make sure that the truck remains stable at all times
- The checks that need to be carried out before driving a truck for the first time
- How to measure what constitutes safe loads to move
- Codes of Practice that are currently in force regarding forklifts
- How to maintain eye level operation of the truck and where to look when loading and moving
- A rundown of the controls and operations that you may find on a forklift truck
- Written and Practical Tests to ensure that all the knowledge taught on the course has been learned.
Course Costs: Generally expect to pay under £500, and often times as low as £395 to become properly trained.
Typical Course Costs
The typical costs for these courses does very much depend on the training provider and also whereabouts in the country in the course happens to be.
You will also find that which of the six training boards designed the course will also have an impact on the costs, as well as the breadth that the course goes into and how wide a range of forklift trucks they have available for you to learn on (more types is obviously better, but may cost more).
It is a good idea to ask how many different types of forklift trucks they have for you to learn on, as this may sometimes account for seemingly big differences in cost between courses.
To gauge realistic costs it is a good idea to contact at least three different course providers of the type you have chosen and then to get a quote from each one so that you can compare them.
It may be that extras such as being fixed up with a job after a course, or lunch being included in the training etc. will slightly change the situation as to which provides the best value for money. But typically expect to pay anywhere from around £80 a day up to around £175 a day for forklift truck training.
You can see this for example if you take a look at the Underoak.co.uk website, which has compiled a list of different public courses from a variety of training providers, and which has a page specifically for Forklift Training Courses here:
From this we get some representative pricing for courses (as of January 2013) including:
Wakefield (North of England)
1 Day Forklift Truck Operator Course – £395
2.5 Days – £230
5 Days – £395
Essex (South of England)
1 Day Refresher Course£195
3 Day Forklift Truck Operator Course – £295
5 Days – £395
There are also some specialist courses available which you may find of use if you want to extend your level of expertise with forklift trucks and in the process make yourself more employable.
For example, there is a 3 Day Forklift Training Course in Essex that is a “Conversion from Counterbalance Forklifts to Reach Forklifts”, which costs £295.
If you are an experienced operative then this may represent a good opportunity to extend your skills.
Be very careful though to ask about the facilities, the staff to pupil ratio, the types of forklift available, future job opportunities and exactly what is included in the costs of any courses so that you can be sure to compare like with like.