In order to offer customers the best quality equipment inspections, engineers must be trained to the highest standard.

CFTS Thorough Examination training has been specially designed by the industry's top authority, the UKMHA (UK Material Handling Association).

Courses are delivered via our central training provider: North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College. To book please click

Engineers who cannot travel to the college can arrange on-site training from our dedicated Training Manager. Please email or call 01344 623 800 for more information.

Please Note: To comply with the CFTS Quality Assurance Procedural Code, only named personnel on the CFTS national database are authorised to carry out thorough examination under the CFTS scheme, and they must have a minimum of five years of experience as a service engineer in a relevant sector. This can include appropriate apprentice training. (Some experience from related trades may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

On-Site Training Dates - 2022

South England (Portsmouth) – 23rd to 25th August
North East England (Grimsby) — 20th to 22nd September
North Wales (Denbigh) — 18th to 20th October
North West England (Manchester) — 22nd to 24th November

On-Site Training Dates – 2023 - TBA

Three main CFTS courses are available:

Thorough Examination New Engineer

This highly practical course for experienced* engineers concentrates on the inspection of chains and forks, current legislation, documentation and the responsibilities of a competent person.

Subjects covered include:

  • The engineer's role
  • Inspection criteria for lift chains and fork arms
  • Organisation of Thorough Examinations and the examiner's role
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Guidance on how to conduct Thorough Examinations

Upon completion, candidates are recorded on a central CFTS national database.

Valid for five years.

*The course is only open to engineers who can demonstrate their ability to inspect the automotive, electrical and hydraulic components of work equipment.

Duration: One day

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Thorough Examination Revalidation

Exclusively for engineers who have previously completed our Thorough Examination course, this training brings engineers up to date with current legislation and practices and reaffirms their inspection skills.

Successful candidates will be registered for a further five years.

Duration: One day

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Thorough Examination Manager

Our Thorough Examination Manager course is essential for those seeking accreditation to CFTS, so they may carry out Thorough Examinations which comply with both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98.

Delegates will be given a detailed understanding of the CFTS Quality Assurance Procedural Code. Importantly, this course conforms to the CFTS accreditation rules and meets the specific needs of Thorough Examination managers and their deputies. In addition, it will enhance the understanding of those managers overseeing CFTS activities.

Duration: One day

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