Training

In order to offer customers the highest quality forklift inspection, engineers must be trained to the highest standard.

CFTS Thorough Examination training has been specially designed by the industry's top authorities, BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) and the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association).

Courses are delivered by F-TEC, a purpose-built training facility in Swindon, set up by the two Associations. Here, three main CFTS courses are offered:


Thorough Examination Training

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 FLTA register.

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 a fork truck.

Duration : Two days

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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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