Do Forklift Licences Expire?
Technically, your forklift licence does not expire. However, you will be required to undergo refresher training at least every three years to remain on the National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS) database. This database informs employers of whether an individual has had up-to-date training, helping them employ people suitable skills and experience for the job.
To summarise, while your licence does not technically expire, you will still need additional refresher training at least every three years in order to be deemed competent to drive a forklift.
In this article, we explain a little about the refresher courses and the legality of driving without a licence so that you understand how to stay safe and on the right side of the law when it comes to driving a forklift.
Why is refresh training important?
In addition to the reasons listed above, you will be expected to undergo refresher training for your safety and the safety of others around you.
Refresher training will:
- Sharpen your driving skills
- Remind you of safe driving practices
- Introduce you to new pieces of equipment
- Keep your employer confident in your skills
- Introduce you to new regulations
How long does a refresher course last?
Unlike the original forklift certification training, refresher training only takes one day to complete. It refreshes your knowledge and skills and ensures that you are up to date with any new regulations.
How much does a forklift refresher course cost?
A forklift refresher course costs around £200-£350 depending on the type of forklift you will be retraining on. Your employer will most likely cover the cost of retraining if you are driving the forklift for work.
What happens if I drive a forklift without a valid licence?
Driving a forklift without a licence is a serious offence. You or your company may be fined up to £50,000.
A forklift licence is important for ensuring the operator can drive safely with knowledge of equipment and regulation.
East Midlands Forklifts is a leading provider of forklift trucks to purchase or hire on flexible contracts. We also offer refresher training by AITT-accredited instructors. All categories of forklift are covered and we can carry our training at your own site.
We cover the whole of the East Midlands, so if you or your employees need forklift refresher training, look no further than East Midlands Forklifts. Contact our team today to get started.