Pivot Steer Truck Existing Course

Ratios and Minimum Training Duration –

3:1:1 – 20 Hours and 0 Minutes

2:1:1 – 16 Hours and 30 Minutes

1:1:1 – 13 Hours and 0 Minutes


By the end of this course, candidates will be able to discuss and demonstrate:

  • Safe and efficient operation of a Pivot Steer Lift Truck within the workplace, including their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the risks associated with truck use.
  • Pre-use inspection, appropriate maintenance tasks and reporting processes.
  • Authorisation to operate arrangements.


Classroom and practical training area. Suitable access to an appropriate practical training area must be available. The practical training area must be clearly identified and protected, and should be segregated from normal working activities.


A suitable maintained and legally compliant truck appropriate for the course, with sufficient loads and appropriate practical facilities available for use during training. Session equipment is detailed at the beginning of each session.

Candidate Specification

All candidates will have some previous experience of operating counterbalance lift trucks and will have some familiarity WILI testeering characteristics on the Thachine, OUL WITH Thave undergone rormal training on the equipment. Additionally, candidates should be reasonably fit, both physically and mentally, and be over the minimum age of 16 years (except in ports, where they must be at least 18 years old, unless they are undergoing a suitable course of training and are properly supervised by a competent person). Children under 16 should never operate lift trucks.

Who Should Attend the Course?

It is anticipated that trainees attending the RTITB Pivot Steer Lift Truck Training Course – Experienced operator will have some previous experience (possibly self taught) and will be familiar with the steering and operating characteristics of a counterbalance fork truck but will not have had the benefit of adequate, formal training in basic operating skills. However, they wish to gain a formal, nationally recognised qualification in the safe use of Counterbalance Forklift Trucks.

What Will You Get From The RTITB Pivot Steer – Existing Course

Successful delegates will gain a better understanding of current relevant legislation, best practice and refresh their skills and ability in the safe use of Pivot Steer Lift Trucks in line with current approved methods and manufacturer’s instructions. The course agenda includes:

  • Introduction to the lift truck to be used
  • Pre-use inspection and take over maintenance
  • Controls and instruments
  • Weight assessment
  • Starting, moving and stopping the truck
  • Handling laden and unladen pallets
  • Operation of hydraulic controls
  • Stacking/de-stacking – free standing and in racking
  • Safety code testing
  • Practical test of basic operating skills
  • Written test of operating knowledge