CPCS (A15) - Forklift Side Loader Training

The CPCS A15 Side Loader Forklift training course is aimed at operators of Side Loader Forklift trucks in a construction environment. Candidates will need to have sat and passed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years.

Course content is suitable for both novice and experienced operators of Side Loader Forklifts but is split into two different CPCS courses; one for foundation/novice operators, and one for experienced workers, with over 2 years’ experience operating the machine.

  • Foundation/Novice course – this course varies in length and will include a mixture of theory and practical training before the final day, which will consist of CPCS theory and practical technical tests
  • Experienced Worker course – typically lasts 2 days and will consist of theory training on the first day, and CPCS theory and practical technical tests on the second.

Successful delegates of either course level will gain the CPCS red card (trained operator), which is valid for 2 years in the side loader forklift training category. Candidates who hold this CPCS card can then register to complete the NVQ level 2 to obtain the Blue Competent Operators CPCS card.

Please note,  private individuals looking to obtain a CPCS card for a Forklift Side Loader should click on the following link CPCS Training and the Private Individual before making a specific enquiry relating to a Forklift Side Loader training course, as the implications are very different to those applying who work with a CITB registered construction company.

Please note that for all CPCS tests, candidates must have successfully completed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years.

CPCS Course Detail

This CPCS training course is tailored to the level of experience of the operator, but both Foundation/Novice and Experienced Worker courses cover the same content; the Foundation/Novice course is longer to allow for practical training and further in-depth theory.

For all CPCS categories, the CPCS theory test is a verbal Q&A session which will take approximately an hour to complete. The CPCS practical test for the Side Loader Forklift must be completed within fifty minutes and will consist of the candidate using the machine to complete a variety of activities and manoeuvres including lifting and placing loads.

This CPCS course includes the following elements:

  • Safe, competent use of the Side Loader Forklift
  • The role and responsibilities of the plant operator
  • Pre-use and post-use checks
  • Manufacturer’s requirements as can be found in the operator’s handbook, relevant legislation and regulations and other information sources
  • Principle components, basic construction of the machine, controls and terminology
  • Lifting, removing, placing and setting down loads
  • Unloading and loading procedures, including when the machine is in transport
  • Travelling with the machine over a range of terrains, as well as correct configuration for travel. This will also include travel in confined spaces.
  • Safe working conditions including a safe and tidy working area
  • Shut down and securing the machine

Course Delivery

The CPCS (A15) Side Loader Forklift Training & Testing category may have open course dates from time to time but is generally run as a dedicated course. For more general help or further information please send an enquiry to  

Trainer Course Title Days Price ex. VAT
C221IM CPCS Training (A15) - Forklift Side Loader - Experienced Worker 2 £685.00
C221IM CPCS Training (A15) - Forklift Side Loader - Foundation/Novice 3 £835.00
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