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Forklift training completes today at my depot. Just to say thanks and what a good job Andy did. Very professional and really precise in his teaching methods.

Paul Stephenson | Imes Ltd

Counterbalance training with Didac achieves an ITSSAR accredited qualification. NPORS accredited training is available from June 2014. NPORS Logo ITSSAR_Logo
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Training is available to
Duration, Learners and Assessment
Training Duration 1-5 Days
Learners 3 Maximum
Theory Assessment
Practical Assessment
Course Handout
Training Manual and User Guidance
Certificate and Registration
Photo ID Card (750gsm)
Registration Fee (Per Learner) Free
HSE Regulation Compliance
PUWER 1998
LOLER 1998
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Training Delivery
On-Site (Nationwide)
Training Centre

Price and Training Dates

Counterbalance training prices and availability are dependent upon location as training is delivered on clients' premises.

To receive a quotation, complete the Get-A-Quote form located above including a postcode.

Our sales staff will contact you with full details; we aim to respond within 60 minutes during office hours.

Group B – Electric & I.C.E Driven

What is this?
B1 Rider Counterbalance forklift truck up to 5000kgs
B2 Rider Counterbalance forklift truck up to, and including 15000kgs
B3 Rider Counterbalance forklift trucks over 15000kgs

Training syllabus

  • Responsibility of the operator
  • Operational Safety Code
  • Site Safety
  • Risk Assessment
  • Simple Manoeuvring
  • Advanced Manoeuvring
  • Basic Hydraulic & Electrical systems
  • Daily Safety Checks & Maintenance
  • Refuelling / Recharging
  • Stacking & De-stacking (Free & Racking)
  • Practical Examinations
  • Vehicle Loading (where applicable)

Additional benefits

  • Incorporate your company’s risk assessments
  • Soft copies of all course paperwork are available to employers on completion of training
  • Successful candidates receive a temporary pass notification form on the day as evidence of training

Frequently asked questions

Is there a minimum age requirement for completing Counterbalance training?
Lift Truck operators in the UK must be over the minimum school leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old).

With the exception of Lift Truck operators, there is no minimum age outlined in any UK legislation for other plant operators.

You can find out more here: HSE Workplace Transport FAQ.

Is there an upper age limit for completing Counterbalance driver training?


Do I receive a Counterbalance licence when I complete this training?

There is no such thing as a license as such, for any piece of plant machinery in the UK.

The term ‘licence’ suggests a document issued from a governmental or other constituted authority to operate a Counterbalance Truck. No such authority exists; there are only accrediting bodies and training providers who operate independently of the HSE or any other government organisation.

Successful candidates do receive a certificate and photo ID card, sometimes referred to as a Counterbalance ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed a Counterbalance Truck course and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the Counterbalance certification.

Can I use this training to drive a Counterbalance Truck on the public highway?

To operate a Counterbalance, whether on the public highway or not, the operator should be properly trained and certified.

Public highways in the UK are governed by the DVLA; the same rules apply for operating plant machinery on the road as with operating a different type of motor vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be properly taxed.
  • A valid insurance policy must be held.
  • The driver must hold a valid road driving licence.

Didac instructors

Full Time Training Staff

The following instructors are certified to deliver this course.

Have Didac delivered training to you before? Perhaps you recognise one of our instructors? We often get requests from repeat customers to have the same instructor again. Whenever possible we’ll do our best to fulfil such requests!


From time to time, Didac Ltd use sub-contractors to deliver training courses on our behalf. These sub-contractors are subject to the same detailed quality assurance procedures as our full time employees and hold all the correct insurances.

  • Instructor and operator qualifications achieved within the last 5 years;
  • Subject to random spot check site visits and auditing of paperwork;
  • Public Liability insurance to the value of £5 million cover.

Counterbalance Forklift

Counterbalance Forklift is perhaps the most common of all Forklift Truck types in use in the United Kingdom. They are commonly rear wheel steer in design and motive powers vary from electric to LPG.

Counterbalance Forklifts use a counterweight attached to the rear of the lift truck to stablise the truck during a lifting by counterbalancing the weight of the load. On some electric Counterbalance Trucks, the weight of the battery itself acts as the counterweight.

Training Information

Didac Counterbalance Forklift training is accredited by the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR). On completion of the Counterbalance course, candidates who successfully passed receive a Counterbalance certificate and photo ID card Counterbalance licence issued by Didac.

Refresher Counterbalance Truck training is a recommended best practice to eliminate bad habits and update operatives on current legislation regarding the use of Lift Trucks. As a guideline, a Counterbalance Forklift certificate should be refreshed every 3 – 5 years (as suggested by the Health and Safety Executive) but some discretion should be exercised to maintain competency and ensure safety.

For reference during Counterbalance Forklift Truck training, the manufacturer’s instructions for the Lift Truck should be made available to the Didac trainer assessor.

Instructor demonstrations, exercises under observation and assessment of competence comprise the practical side of Counterbalance Forklift courses. Counterbalance licence training candidates will also undertake a theory assessment to demonstrate knowledge.

Training to achieve a Counterbalance license can be delivered on-site throughout the UK. Counterbalance Forklift training cost will depend on the location of client premises.