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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

VNA 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 F – Electric Driven

What is this?
F1 Rider Very Narrow Aisle lateral (& front) stacking trucks – Man Up
F2 Rider Very Narrow Aisle lateral (& front) stacking truck – Man Down

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 VNA 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 VNA driver training?


Do I receive a VNA 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 VNA 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 VNA ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed a VNA Truck course and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the VNA certification.

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

To operate a VNA, 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.

Very Narrow Aisle Truck

Essentially designed for warehouse use where space is limited, VNA Forklifts travel on a fixed rail or guide wire system along the aisles of the warehouse. The forks are attached to a mast capable of rotating 180 degrees so the Truck itself does not need to turn in the aisle. This means that the VNA Forklift can operate in much narrower spaces and the operator is only required to steer the Forklift from one aisle to the next. This design allows storage facilities to make exceptional use of available space and is common in areas where property and land prices are high.

There are two variants of the Very Narrow Aisle Forklift; Man Up and Man Down.

VNA Man Up elevates the operative to the picking level allowing for greater visibility. The operative is normally contained within a cage to prevent falls but some employers / organisations may choose to implement a fall restraint harness as an additional safety measure.

The operator of a VNA Man Down Truck remains on the ground level at all times. VNA Man Down Trucks may be fitted with a camera or a computer controlled sytem to assist the Forklift driver in positioning the forks at the correct height for picking a load.

Training Information

Very Narrow Aisle training conforms to the standards contained in the HSE publication Approved Code of Practice L117 ‘Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training’. Didac VNA training is accredited to ITSSAR whom the ACOP L117 specify as a body competent to accredit and monitor Lift Truck training providers.

Successful VNA Forklift training candidates achieve a VNA licence in the form of a photo ID card and VNA certificate.

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

VNA Truck training candidates must have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety footwear and hi viz coat or vest. The client is responsible for supplying this PPE and must be worn at all times during VNA driver training.

Training to achieve a VNA license can be delivered on-site throughout the UK. Narrow Aisle Forklift training cost depends on the location where training is delivered and includes VNA Forklift licence documents.