The Sector education training authority, (SETA) in this case - the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) state that the foundational training must be at least 40 hrs.

In terms of the law, operators have to be in possession of a valid operating certificate. An accredited training Centre issues the certificate. Certificates are valid for 2 years. At Accredited Training, we firmly believe that training should yield benefits, far more substantial than "a Certificate".

Once operators are trained, the Company should see:

  • Increased Productivity
  • Decrease in loss and / or damage to property
  • Increase in Safety
  • Decrease in Maintenance costs.
It is due to this approach, that we are the leaders in our field and have been training overseas.

Novice Training :

Even though a Forklift appears to be a "simple" piece of machinery, in the wrong hands it is a killer .Training can therefore not be conducted in one day.

Trainees, who have never operated a machine before, are required to attend a 40 hours (5 DAY) training course. Anything less than 40 hours is illegal and Department of Labour could close down the company premisses and the training center. The certificates are declared invalid. The objective of this course is not only to train the operator how to take care of his machine, drive correctly and safely, but also focuses on an acceptable level of productivity.

Advanced Refresher Training:

This course is aimed at those operators who have been trained, but their certificates have expired. Although they can operate, they have developed so many bad habits that they become a danger on the machine.

We concentrate on the elimination of bad driving habits, that have developed, and do much more challenging exercises with the operators. These exercises emphasise productivity, safety and elimination of damage to pallets and product, especially when working at that level of productivity.

Remember - they do not have police "on the road" keeping them in check. Bad habbits are quickly learned.

Forklift Operator Evaluations:

We firmly believe that the regular annual re-evaluation of the operators saves the Company a great deal of money in training fees as well as reduced machine maintenance costs and loss / damage to product. Provided the operators are warned, in advance, that they are going to be evaluated, they tend to "train" themselves back up to standard. Obviously evaluations are a lot less expensive and quicker than retraining.

•  Theory Test
 Practical Machine Check Test
 Practical Driving and Manoeuvring Test

Forklift Evaluations consist of the following:


Accredited Training conducts on-site training for many leading companies who make use of Wharf Cranes (up to 4.9 tones) and Truck Mounted Cranes. While many people feel their operators are good at operating the crane, and should easily pass the required machine check and practical operation tests, they do not realise that a high percentage of the course involves rigging.

While many operators do not do the rigging themselves, it is imperative that they recognise the rigging of the goods they are lifting is in fact correct, before lifting the load.

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The agents recomend Accredited Training to do any training required on the new articulated forklifts which are sweeping the country by storm. They not only operate up high and in very narrow isles, but can also continue from there, outside, to load a truck!

For more information on Mobile Racking, click here to go to the Storax site.

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In close association with the suppliers, Accredited Training has developed a Reach Truck Training Course specifically designed for the training of operators who work in stores equipped with Mobile Racking.

Accredited Training handles unusual machines in unusual palces.
While the basic content of the course remains the same, we have added modules regarding the care and housekeeping of the Mobile Racking, and we are fully familiar with the new Reach Trucks which are used in these stores.

Our reputation has led us to receiving enquiries from, and doing training overseas in cold rooms equipped with Mobile Racking.