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Forklift Training Cost

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If you are serious about doing your forklift training you need to know that there are many different types of forklift truck licences, and for each type, you will need a separate qualification. There are also different training centres all around the UK, so it’s important to know if forklift training prices can vary depending on location and with what company trains you.

On this page you will find the most important facts and answered questions about the cost involved for forklift training.

The different price ranges for forklift training courses

A Basic Operator skills test certificate satisfies employers’ requirements for safe operation. Training can be done in-house or given by an external company. For each different type of fork lift you operate, you need separate training. Fork lift training prices do vary, most are around £400 + VAT but some can be as expensive as £1,100 + VAT. Most companies do not display their prices; you have to ring them and ask.

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Can forklift training prices vary depending on what course you take?

For a course for the beginner, prices generally are between £400 and £500 + VAT. The course is usually five days, but some companies provide the same training over fewer days with fewer students, but not necessarily for any less cost.

If you are qualified already, most training providers offer conversion courses and refreshers, which credit you with what you know and just “top up” your skills. Being shorter, they are often cheaper. Whether for Reach fork lift training, Counterbalance fork lift training, Sideloader fork lift training or for other types, the costs are between £150 and £200 + VAT.

If you want to improve your knowledge and skills around the job, there are online courses you can take, without having to attend a training centre. The cost of an online course, which are not provided very widely, is about £175.00 + VAT. Some training companies provide short courses to give drivers with experience but no formal training the chance to gain a qualification. Such courses are around £150.00 + VAT.

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Does forklift training costs vary from location to location?

Generally speaking, the answer is no. A lot of the larger national companies offer the same training at the same price wherever you train. In respect of smaller companies, there is generally no real difference in cost — courses in the Midlands, or the north for example generally compare favourably with courses in London. You might come across the odd quote which is way higher than the general trend but high prices are the exception rather than the rule.

Do you have to pay for your forklift license when training is complete?

You do not have to pay for your license when training is complete. The license is the qualification you are awarded at the end of your training and there is no extra cost for it. You do not have to subsequently re-qualify to keep your license, but you have the option of refreshing your skills. Remember though that the license is type-specific.

What is included in the price?

A five day Basic Operator test skills certificate course combines practical tuition and theory in operation, carrying loads, loading, unloading, manoeuvring, daily inspection procedures and health and safety. All courses, including conversion courses combine theory with practice, except some online courses which just broaden your knowledge base.

Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs, as the training provides you with everything you need to gain your qualification. The only extra costs that might be incurred are if you have to travel to another part of the UK to do the course, where you’ll need to factor in travel and accommodation costs.

Forklift training cost funding

If you are on Jobseeker’s Allowance, speak to your Job Centre. They may be able to fund your training, and if not, many training companies offer reduced rates for anyone on benefits.

Find out more

The Fork Lift Truck Association produce downloadable fact sheets on all aspects of training and the law, in very clear and easy language with good referencing –

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