HRETDs counterbalanced lift trucks - forklifts training course details
counter-balanced lift trucks
SAQA unit standard: 242974 and 260818 (NCOP codes: F01, F02, F03, F04)
Field: Services
NQF level:  03 (7 credits) and 03 (9 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs counterbalanced lift trucks - forklifts training course details
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Advanced defined purpose
Counterbalanced lift trucks
Defined purpose lift trucks
Side loader lift trucks
Rough terrain lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
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Included in this mutimedia training programme This counterbalanced lift truck (forklift) course is designed for both novice and experienced operators. Learners who meet the specific outcomes and assessment criteria will be permitted to operate a forklift, up to a stipulated rated capacity:

Code F01: Up to a rated capacity of 3 Tons
Code F02: Up to a rated capacity of 7 Tons
Code F03: Up to a rated capacity of 15 Tons
Code F04: Over a rated capacity of 15 Tons

Entry requirements

Minimum of Gr10 (English and basic mathematical literacy) and 18 years of age is required to receive theoretical training.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of counterbalanced lift truck training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Counterbalanced lift truck operators training

Forklift operator training

Course content

Mechanical appreciation of a counterbalanced lift truck

We discuss operator maintenance areas, traction battery, electric power train, gauges, the fuse holder and fuses, braking system, hydraulic system, steering, wire guidance system, etc., and explain how they are all integral to functioning. We also go through diagnosing faults and driving the counterbalanced lift truck correctly.

Refuelling a counterbalanced lift truck

We take learners through safety procedures, battery pack, the traction battery, servicing a battery, replacing the battery pack, positioning the counterbalanced lift truck, preparation for removing the battery, lifting the battery, testing a recharged battery, placing a recharged battery and filling in fuel usage logs.

Pre-operating inspections for a counterbalanced lift truck

We look at pre-operating inspections, components, inspection areas and counterbalanced lift truck checklist.

Start-up checks and inspections

Start-up and in-cab checks and inspections, setting the driving position, pre-start check of the controls, starting the counterbalanced lift truck, checking lifting controls and functionality, check ancillary equipment and driving controls.

Safety and forklift operations

We discuss pre-operating, start-up, driving and shutdown safety precautions; relationship between load and stability of a counterbalanced lift truck, load chart rating, the principle of leverage, position of the load; hazardous cargo, container loading and refuelling safety; driving on public roads, emergency services, general housekeeping, safety legislation and use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Operator controls and manoeuvring

We talk about manoeuvring/clearance, towing, using the horn, observation, manoeuvring through a practice course with and without a load, and hand signals.

Loading, off-loading and stacking

We outline storage areas, store layouts, stacking methods, pallets, handling interlocking cage and bin pallets, block-steel and sheet steel, bar steel, pipes, channel/angle iron and hazardous material stacking.

Handling cargo

We show learners best practice concerning handling cargo with pictorial markers, lifting and transporting, hazardous cargo, safety signs, drum attachments, clamping a paper roll and other attachments.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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TETA accredited

Training programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standards 242974: Operate a Counterbalanced Lift Truck and 260818: Operate a Counterbalanced Lift Truck in excess of 15 Tons.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate an counterbalanced lift truck, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence that is valid for two years. Records are externally moderated quarterly by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) for quality and compliance purposes.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.

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