Aim of the Course

The course aims to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Forklift Side Loader. This enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.

Course content

  • Safe, competent use of the Side Loader Forklift
  • The role and responsibilities of the plant operator
  • Pre-use and post-use checks
  • Manufacturer’s requirements as can be found in the operator’s handbook, relevant legislation and regulations and other information sources
  • Principle components, basic construction of the machine, controls and terminology
  • Lifting, removing, placing and setting down loads
  • Unloading and loading procedures, including when the machine is in transport
  • Travelling with the machine over a range of terrains, as well as correct configuration for travel. This will also include travel in confined spaces.
  • Safe working conditions including a safe and tidy working area
  • Shut down and securing the machine

Who should attend

The A15 Forklift Side Loader is aimed at people who require a formal qualification for operating a Forklift Side Loader

Course Overview

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Explain need and function of appropriate documentation
  • Configure and ready for travel
  • Travel to and manoeuvre in confined spaces (with and without loads)
  • Configure and set for lifting and transferring duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Lift and remove various loads up to the full working height of the forklift
  • Transfer and place loads accurately at given locations
  • Place and remove loads from a vehicle
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Maintain safe and tidy working areas
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting


2 Day Course (1 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

3 Day Course (2 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)


On Site – Apple Construction Training Centre

Entry Requirements

To be able to enter and complete this course  you must have the following contents with you.

  • NI Number
  • Existing CSCS Card Number
  • Valid ID
  • In-date CITB HS&E Touch Screen Test*
  • Understanding to be able to read, write and speak English to a good level

*Delegates MUST have in-date CITB Health, Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test which has been completed within two years of the course examination date. 


Mixture of classroom-based teaching and practical exercises, followed by one day assessment. 


Successful candidate will receive a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card on passing the CPCS technical tests. The card is valid for two years and for the availability to upgrade to Blue CPCS Card upon the completion of an NVQ Level 2 within the two years.

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