Forklift Operator – Refresher (WorkSafe NZ)

This course enables students to refresh knowledge of the safe operation of a forklift and the legal obligations pertaining to that plant in a place of work. Skills are refreshed in the completion of pre-operational checks prior to operations, parking and shutting down a forklift.


Forklift Operator certification (Worksafe NZ, formerly OSH) canl be awarded to students.

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Health and safety legislative requirements.
  • Operating parameters.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Consumable replacing procedures.
  • Fault reporting.
  • Pre-operational inspections.
  • Carrying out pre-operational checks and inspections.
  • Conducting start-up procedure.
  • Forklift practical skills.
  • Parking forklift.
  • Shutdown of forklift.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a forklift.
  • Perform a pre-operational inspection and start up procedure for a forklift.
  • Demonstrate practical forklift skills.
  • park and shut down a forklift.

Course structure

A combination of theoretical and practical training and assessment.

Course prerequisites

Hold a current Forklift Operators Certificate.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. Assessment involves operating a Forklift without a load and stacking and de-staking a load.


Certification refresher every three years as per the Approved Code of Practice for Training Operators and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift Tucks (Forklifts), and Competenz ITO requirements. Students must have attended their previous forklift certificate through Wood to attend a revalidation course. If you have done training with another company we will ask you to provide us with your operator certification or you will be required to attend the full WorkSafe NZ Certification course again.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing with covered footwear suitable for classroom situation.
  • PPE requirements for practical: Safety boots and all other PPE will be supplied.
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Course Length

Theory - 3.5 hours plus practical assessment.


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$220 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Important Information

Student Handbook

Terms and Conditions

Meet The Trainers

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

There isn’t much that Bob can’t drive or operate.  Bob is a MITO, and Connexis registered assessor, a Competenz registered Forklift Trainer and an NZTA approved assessor.  Bob started his career as a Driver/Operator within the Transport and Building Industries and has spent the last 20 years training people on safe driving and operating equipment.  He believes in giving the right information to the candidate so that they can make the right decisions out there in the workplace, that teaching the safe use of heavy machinery includes a strong approach to forming a safety culture at their workplace so that the operator goes home safe every day.


Very Good, Tutor experienced, full of knowledge and very helpful with questions I had.

Davina Bubbins

Great refresher course to keep skills in check.

Jason Day - Tegel Foods Ltd

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