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Heads Up: The FLT Operator Test Has Changed

Blogs | 14th Sep 2017
Heads Up: The FLT Operator Test Has Changed

As of September 1st 2017, for the first time since 2000, the Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (often referred to as forklift) and Reach is being updated. At RTITB we want to keep you in the loop to help you prepare properly for the new Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) test. With that in mind, we’ve put together the key changes you will see in the new forklift test.

The ABA have collaborated with leading training organisations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers to create a modern test that is relevant to today’s working environment. The new test will be used by RTITB throughout the UK and Ireland and also in the Gulf and India.

Below are the key changes from September 1st 2017:

  • Out of the 22 items to check as part of the pre-use inspection test, 13 must be fully and thoroughly inspected. Any candidate not demonstrating a strong understanding of how to check these 13 items will automatically fail this part of the Basic Operating Skills Test
  • If a candidate commits any 5-point penalty more than 3 times they will fail the practical skills test
  • Penalty awards have been increased in many elements of the practical skills test
  • There are now 5 multiple choice questions that must appear in every counterbalance and reach test associated knowledge (theory) question paper. The candidate must answer these 5 questions correctly.  If they do not they will fail this part of the new test.

Download a mock theory test paper and see how you get on.

To find out more about the changes to the test, you can view a copy of the new criteria online.

If you have any questions about the change, we are more than happy to help. You can drop us a line on +44(0)1952 520200, speak to us on our website through Live Chat, or send us your questions via email.