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Operate defined purpose lift trucks


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 242981)

A Lift Truck is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances.

Operators who are not adequately trained in Lift Truck operations are at great risk of injury because of their lack of understanding in the principles of operations that allow a Lift Truck to lift and move heavy loads.

This programme will assist the learner operator in becoming a fully qualified Lift Truck operator who has the knowledge, skills and experience to operate a Lift Truck in a safe and professional manner. This will allow certified operator by adding value to any organization.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Inspecting and recording the operational fitness of battery powered lift trucks.
  • Identifying and classifying freight/loads.
  • Handling, loading and storing freight.
  • Achieving maximum work performance of battery powered lifting equipment and attachments.
  • Operating freight equipment.
  • Accessing available emergency support systems and services.


  • Novice: 5 Days
  • Re-Certification: 1 Day



Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority



Defined Purpose Lift Truck Learning Outcomes

The person credited with this course is able to operate a basic purpose lift truck. They are able to access emergency support and services in the case of an emergency while operating a lift truck. The person is also able to identify and classify the load, handle and move the freight while operating the lifting equipment in accordance with standards and its performance capabilities. They are also able to monitor the fitness of the lift truck. The area of focus of this programme will be;

Types Of Lift Trucks

  • Lift Truck Codes explained
  • Lift Truck Capacities

Parts & Functions Of Lift Trucks
Basic Parts

  • Controls
  • Drive / Steering / Braking Example

Principles Of Operation

Principles Of A Lever

Load Capacity Plates


Lift Truck Safety

Operational Safety

  • Lifting Operation Safety
  • Travelling
  • General Lift Operations
  • Driving On Public Roads
  • Workplace Operation Record Worksheet

Daily Checks

  • Pre Start Checks
  • Operational Start-Up Check
  • Close Down Check
  • Lift Truck Operator: Daily Check List

Changing Batteries
General Safety Practices

  • Battery
  • Using A Hydrometer
  • Battery Changing

Mechanical Appreciation

  • Mechanical System
  • Hydraulic System
  • Tyre And Wheel
  • Controls
  • Braking
  • Lift Truck Trouble Shooting Guide

Log Books

  • Lift Truck Operator: Battery Specific Gravity Daily Log Sheet
  • Lift Truck Operator Accident Report Sheet
  • Lift Truck Operator: Lift Truck Defect Report

Load Recognition

Pallet Types

  • Common Defects

Block Stacking

Types Of Loads

  • Hazardous Cargo


  • Tremcard
  • Consignment Note
  • Pictorial Label

Load Handling

  • Correct Procedure
  • Vehicle Loading

General Safety Signs

Types Of Racking

  • Pallet Handling Information

Practical Lift Truck Operation

General Operations

Confined Gangway Stacking

Loading And Off Loading

Lift Truck Course shall include:

  • F6: Pedestrian-controlled lift truck below rated capacity of 2000kg.
  • F7: Pedestrian-controlled lift truck above rated capacity of 2000kg.
  • F12: Pallet lift truck with battery power propulsion (specify capacity).

Entry level requirements into this programme?

All new entrants intended under this code (Novice or Re-licensing) shall provide training institution with the required documents as specified under the National Code Of Practice (NCOP No 43835) Promulgated 23 October 2020

  • An employer declaration or medical certificate confirming the medical fitness of the learner to undergo the intended training
  • An eye test results issued by a person trained to carry out such tests
  • All new entrants intended under this code will be required to hold at least a Grade 9 (Std 7) school certificate
  • Learners shall provide training institution with a valid certified copy of his/her Identity Document
  • Employers must provide a valid copy of Lift Truck Load Test Certificate
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