Forklift operator practical test

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Forklift practical test details (2017)

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After picking up the load from the low stack, the truck is driven in reverse for the last time through the chicane.

The load is deposited parallel to and within 150 mm (6 inches), of the vertical face shown. {Note: Undercutting is allowed at this point if the forks are substantially longer than the load. The same argument applies when picking the load up at the start of the test}

The truck is now reversed back to its starting position and parked properly. The key should be removed and many instructors will insist it is given back to them else a penalty will occur.

The test must be completed with no more than 40 penalty points being scored in order to achieve a pass

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{Note that the high level stack should be a minimum of 3300 mm, (around 10 feet). If this cannot be arranged, it is usual for a height restriction to be shown on any subsequent certificate issued.

Please note. This test works on a penalty point system. There are three categories of fault as follows:

  • Minor faults, penalty = 1 point
  • Medium faults, (e.g. gentle touches of the course etc), penalty = 3 points
  • Serious faults, (e.g.. reversing without looking), 5 points

Scoring more than 40 penalty points results in failure of the practical test. A candidate can also be disqualified for a number of reasons listed on this page.