Onsite RTITB Training across the UK

Taurus Handling is an RTITB registered training organization offering a range of certificated courses combining theoretical and practical elements.

Three day RTITB approved courses for drivers with little or no formal training, leading to the award of a Basic Training Certificate
Purpose designed courses for experienced drivers requiring RTITB re-certification


The law requires fork lift truck operators to be trained. Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 98) states:

“Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training”

Adequate training means sufficient for the job which, for fork lift truck operators, will be measured in days rather than hours.

As well as being a legal requirement there are sound safety and commercial reasons for ensuring that operators are properly trained. Lost time due to injury has financial implications as do damaged goods, buildings and trucks. Skilled operators have fewer accidents.

The training of operators usually includes three stages;

Basic Training - The basic skills and knowledge required for safe operations.

Specific Job Training - Knowledge of the workplace and experience of any special needs.

Familiarisation Training - Operation on the job under close supervision.

Different training will usually be required for different types of fork lift tuck. On completion of training the operator will be given a certificate. This will show the type of truck that he or she is competent operating.

A forklift truck operator course can take 1 - 5 full days to complete depending on how many delegates are on the course and their personal abilities; all that we ask for is the undisturbed use of your FLT and a quiet office space to carry out the theory side of the training.

Refresher Training –

The employer is required to give written authority for any employee to actually operate the equipment. If an individual document is issued this is the closest document to a licence, but it is not a licence. The employer alone will determine how long this authority remains valid but it is good practice to ensure that the performance of all operators is formally monitored..


There is no legal requirement for fork lift truck operators to receive routine refresher training. Such training may be needed in certain circumstances. The HSC Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L117) states the following:

“There is no specific time period after which you need to provide refresher training or formal assessment. However, you may decide that automatic refresher training or a retest after a set period (for example 3-5 years) is the best way to make sure your employees remain competent. Where you adopt this approach, you will still need to monitor performance, in case operators need extra training before the set period ends.”

Regular refresher training will ensure operators:

  • Maintain good driving habits
  • Learn new skills where appropriate
  • Reassess their abilities

Refresher training or retesting might also be appropriate where operators:

  • Have not used trucks for some time
  • Are occasional users
  • Appear to have developed unsafe working practices
  • Have had an accident, or a near miss
  • Have a change to their working practices or environment

A refresher course will take 1 full day to complete; all that we ask for is the undisturbed use of your FLT and a quiet office space to carry out the theory side of the training.

Courses run for a maximum of 3 delegates per session, and can take place at a site of your choice across the UK.

Onsite Stair Climber training

Taurus Handling provides purpose designed courses designed to give intensive hands-on experience. Your operators are given the opportunity to handle products in your business sector making sure they know how to safely delivery your companies excellence.

Courses run for a maximum of 4 delegates per session, and can take place at a site of your choice across the UK.

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