Get a Forklift Licence

Do you need a forklift licence to drive a fork truck?
How long does a forklift licence last?

These are two questions that are often asked by UK fork truck operators and businesses who employ forklift operators.

The answers are simple:

You don’t need a forklift licence to operate a forklift but you do need to have undergone training to ensure that you understand the practicalities of riving a forklift as well as acquiring and demonstrating the appropriate skills. Although this is not a forklift licence as such, it is a certification to say that you have received such training.


Normally certification last for 3 years but this can vary by training provider. One thing is certain and that is that you need to ensure that you keep your training up to date and that you are abreast of any changes in legislation or best practice.