Forklift Training FAQ’s

What’s the minimum age for operating a forklift truck in the UK

The minimum age for operating a forklift truck in the UK is somewhat vague. The Health and Safety Commission approved code of practice and guidance states that “children under a minimum school leaving age should never operate lift trucks”.

However, guidance goes on to say that young persons under 18 often lack experience and maturity and are at greater risk than older employees and should not be allowed to operate forklift trucks without adequate supervision. Many forklift trainers will not accept Cheney operators under the age of 17.

How long does a forklift truck licence last?

Actually, there is no such thing as a forklift licence!

There is no central licensing authority; it is the responsibility of every employer to ensure that employees of adequate training before the use forklift equipment.

Such training may be provided by an in-house instructor or an external trainer the training provider should then issue a certificate. This document is not a license.