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How to operate a Reach Truck?


The RTITB Reach Truck Operator training course will give you the skills to operate a reach truck safely and efficiently, carry out a pre-use inspection, and recall the causes of truck and load instability. The course covers, but is not limited to, the following areas;

  • Lift truck controls and instruments
  • Starting/moving/stopping and steering the truck
  • Operation of hydraulic controls
  • Battery care
  • Weight assessment
  • Handling laden and unladen pallets
  • Driving on/off ramps and inclines
  • Stacking and destacking
  • The operators’ safety code

Course Durations (for 3 people):

  • Novice candidate: 37.5 hours
  • Experienced (but untrained) candidate: 20 hours
  • Refresher (recommended every 3 years) candidate: 7.5 hours
  • Conversion candidate: 15 hours

Last year over 9, 000 people completed and passed RTITB reach lift truck training and testing and achieved their internationally recognised RTITB Certificate of Basic Operator Training.



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