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NPORS Rough Terrain Lift Truck training – N009

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment; On-site Experience Worker Test (EWT) assessment only

Novice training course duration:

1-5 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



J1 – Rough terrain masted lift truck
Industrial use only

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate; 2-year CSCS trained operator red card

Minimum age:



If required


Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is rough terrain lift truck?

Rough terrain forklifts are specifically built to move material over rocky, hilly, or unstable ground. These machines are meant to be used outdoors instead of inside of a factory or warehouse. At first glance, you’ll notice how the tires on a rough terrain forklift differ from ones on an indoor lift. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Rough Terrain Lift Truck training – N009

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Rough Terrain Lift Truck training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as a Plant operator
  • Have a working Knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the Machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify steering, Driving and braking controls and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Safely mount and dismount the machine
  • Start and stop the engine and safely move the Machine off and stop it safely
  • Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely laden and unladen, over varying terrain, rough ground, inclines, in open and confined Areas
  • Conduct all necessary Safety checks at the Work area
  • Manoeuvre the machine to the Work area and correctly Configure in readiness to Carry out lifting and Load handling tasks
  • Carry out lifting and Load handling tasks
  • Lift and transfer loads accurately and safely at different locations
  • Load and unload external transport safely
  • Fit, adjust and or remove attachments
  • Demonstrate Knowledge and understanding of loading and unloading procedures for machine transportation
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedure

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to lift and lower loads to 75% of total reach of machine
  • 3 x palletised loads (IBC containers or similar)
  • Lorry bed or flatbed trailer
  • Varying terrain and slopes
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Rough terrain lift truck with pallet forks and any attachments
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed
  • In date thorough test examination for machine

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Lift and lower palletised loads to a range of hights (low level, eye level, high level)
  • Load pallets on to trailer or similar
  • Stack pallets on top of each other
  • Place pallets next to each other
  • Drive through chicane, forwards and in reverse
  • Drive over uneven and sloping terrain
  • Pass mark is less than 40 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed is 2 x time instructor sets

Where are the TUPPCO NPORS Rough Terrain Lift Truck On-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Rough terrain lift truck, lift truck, forklift, Material handler


JCB, Manitou, Sanderson,


Lifting loads, Pallets, Bulk material moving, Man platform, Bucket operations, Operate attachments

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