Counterbalance Trucks



There are many different types of Counterbalance Truck and each has its own category:  

 

  • B1 - Rider            Electric & I.C.E Lift truck up to & including 5 tonne
  • B2 - Rider            Electric & I.C.E Lift truck over 5 tonne up to & including 15 tonne
  • B3 - Rider            Electric & I.C.E Lift truck over 15 tonne
  • B4 - Rider            Stand-on Counterbalance
  • J1 -  Rider            I.C.E. Rough Terrain Masted
  • A3 - Pedestrian   Counterbalance Lift Truck

 

   

          

And there are four types of courses available these are:-

  • Novice Operator:  A person with little or no experience of driving a fork lift truck 
  • Experienced Operator:  A person who uses the fork lift regularly but has never undertaken a formal course and test.
  • Conversion:  A person who is certificated on one category of truck but needs to drive a different category. (An Operator cannot convert from a pedestrian operated truck to a rider operated truck)
  • Refresher Re-test:  A person who holds a certificate to operate the truck but needs their skills updating in accordance with HSE guidelines 

 

The course lengths below show the minimum time it will take to become a competent operator - course lengths may vary from those shown depending on the skill levels and competence of the operator. 

Rider Operated Truck

Category(s) Course Type No. of Candidates       Course Length
B1, B2, B3 & J1        Novice 3 5 Days
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Novice 2 4 Days
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Novice 1 3 Days
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Experienced 2 or 3 3 Days
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Experienced 1 2 Days
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Refresher re-test       1, 2 or 3 1 Day
B1, B2, B3 & J1 Conversion to 1, 2 or 3 1 Day

 

Pedestrian Operated Truck

Category(s)               Course Type             No. of Candidates       Course Length
A3 & B4 Novice 3 3 Days
A3 & B4 Experienced 3 1 Days
A3 & B4 Refresher re-test    3 1 Day
A3 & B4 Conversion to 3 1 Day

 

Counterbalance Course Syllabus (119kb)

Pedestrian / Stand On Counterbalance course syllabus (22kb)

Rough Terrain Masted Lift Truck Course Syllabus (24kb)