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Working in conjunction with SMB College Group, our forklift engineer courses are designed to meet the needs of the fork lift truck industry. Held at SMB College Group, the courses are delivered by highly trained professionals and offer opportunities to work with a wide range of materials handling equipment. Details of all courses are found below. Simply click on the title of a course to book. (And remember: if you’re an UKMHA Member, you need to log in to get your special discount.)

Currently Available Training Courses

To contact SMB College Group directly:  

Stephenson Campus
Thornborough Road

LE67 3TN

Telephone: 01530 836136

Email: enquiries@smbgroup.ac.uk

CFTS Through Examination Training

Thorough Examination is the name given to the mandatory inspection required by law to ensure that material handling equipment is in safe working order.

Lifting equipment must receive a Thorough Examination at least once a year and inspections can only be undertaken by a Competent Person. CFTS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UKMHA that provides accreditation to demonstrate competence. CFTS accreditation shows that you’ve signed up to the industry’s highest standard with a professional code of practice.

Unfortunately, not every Thorough Examination satisfies the complete legal requirements – some examinations only do half the job by covering LOLER (The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) but not PUWER (The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).

To ensure professional standards are maintained and to offer MHE operators complete peace of mind, the UKMHA has devised CFTS Thorough Examination Training. CFTS-approved engineers cover both the Thorough Examination requirement of LOLER and the Safety Inspection requirement PUWER.

The CFTS mark is a guarantee that a truck has been examined properly and that key components such as brakes and steering have all been checked along with the lifting mechanism.

CFTS Training courses are delivered in regional locations and via the UKMHA’s central training provider: SMB College Group. To book please click https://ukmha.org.uk/training-and-apprenticeships/ For more details on the work of CFTS, visit www.thoroughexamination.org


Sheffield, S25 3QS
Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th September 

Exeter, EX5 1FG
Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st September 


Sutherland, IV24 3BP
Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th October 

Kent, ME5 8RZ
Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th October


Sheffield, S25 3QS
Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd November 


Denbigh, LL16 5TA
Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th December

For more details on all of these courses visit https://ukmha.org.uk/training/thorough-examination/  

If you are interested in these courses or require further information, please contact the UKMHA office on 01635 277570 or email admin@ukmha.org.uk.

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