Operate Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Operator Training & Licensing

SAQA ID : 242974

Course Introduction

Counterbalance Lift Trucks; in line with The Driven Machinery Regulations Act and Driven Machinery Regulations Code of Practice.

Operate Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Unit Standard: SAQA ID 242974

NQF Level: 3

No. of Credits: 7

The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to operate a counter-balanced lift truck in a safe manner. They will also be able to conduct pre and post inspections to ensure the performance of the lift truck. The person will be able to handle the loading and storage of freight by using the equipment and its accessories in the required manner. They will also be able to access emergency system and services in the event of an incident or accident.


Renewal training should have a certificate not expired for more than 90 days.

Target Groups

This programme is aimed at:

  • Individuals needing relicensing
  • Novice forklift operators

Range Of Equipment Covered By This Unit Standard

Counterbalance lift trucks codes F1 – F4 (3000kg – 15000kg).

The Codes and Attachments that correspond with the National Code of Practice:

A: Side Shift; B: Single pole; C: Carton or paper roll clamp; D: Crane Hook; E: Push Pull/Slip sheet equipment; F: Load Rotator; H: Load Extender Pantograph; J: Tilting Bucket; K: Tandem Forks; L: Container Vanning and Devanning; M: Container Handling; N: Forks; O: Cradle (Safety Cage).

By the end of the course, the learners will be able to:

  • Applying the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the lift truck with reference to safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Identifying and classifying freight/loads taking into account documentation, packaging and labelling associated with the specific freight.
  • Handling, loading and storing freight in accordance with industry standards environmental requirements, and with due consideration to inter alia the commodities and their properties, storage area and placement of load.
  • Achieving maximum work performance of lifting equipment and attachments, by applying knowledge of equipment dimensions, controls, principles of operation and capacities, manufacturing specifications and circumstances in the working environment.
  • Operating equipment in accordance with laid down organisational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Accessing available emergency support system and services in case of incidents and accidents.

Refresher Training: 4 hours classroom training and 1 hour practical per operator.

Novice Training: 5 days – maximum 4 operators per session as per driven machinery regulation requirements.

R 2 550.00 per day

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