Conversion Course


Cherry Picker Conversion Course 

We offer fully accredited or in-house Cherry Picker Conversion Courses throughout West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire & London. The Cherry Picker Conversion Course training can be ITSSAR accredited or In-House and are fully recognised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and provide candidates with the relevant practical skills and knowledge required to correctly yet safely operate a wide variety of  Cherry Pickers within the workplace.

Optimum Forklift Training Services can provide Cherry Picker training for all industry sectors, private individuals and corporate clients  as well as conversions from a foreign licence to UK accreditation or in-house certification to the ACOP L117 standards.

As with all available courses we can train anywhere within the UK onsite. We also cover all shift patterns for your convenience including night shift training and weekends at no extra cost.

Cherry Picker Novice Course

Cherry Picker Novice Course Training

The Cherry Picker Novice Training course are for candidates with no previous experience. This course will run from 3 to 4 days depending on the number of candidates with a maximum training ratio of 3 candidates per instructor and 1 truck.

Cherry Picker Refresher Training

The Cherry Picker Refresher Course is for candidates who need to refresh their skills after expiry of accreditation or due to an accident or incorrect operating as deemed by employers. This is a 1 day course with a maximum training ratio of 3 candidates per instructor.

Cherry Picker Conversion Course Training

The Cherry Picker Conversion Course is for candidates who wish to convert from another accreditation to the Cherry Picker MEWP. This course is a 1 day course. Candidates will have an accreditation on another machine type.

About the CHerry Picker Conversion Course

Our ITSSAR Fork Lift Truck Operator Course – Conversion (Cherry Picker) delivers 8 to 16 hours of instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 3 delegates, providing the skills needed to operate the Cherry Picker safely and efficiently, carry out a pre-use inspection & recall and explain the causes of truck and load instability.


The conversion course is for operators who have current accreditations on another machine type and wish to convert to the Cherry Picker – the ITSSAR course complies with the standards set out in accordance with the HSE Code of Practice L117 (ACOP). This course enables successful operators to use the Cherry Picker (with authorisation) anywhere within the UK.


Cherry Picker Conversion Course

Course Content & Information

Course title:

Cherry Picker Conversion Operator Course

Course aim:

To provide the theoretical and practical knowledge to safely operate a Cherry Picker.

Course elements:

The course will comprise theoretical and practical instruction covering the following:-

1. Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98
2. Operators Safety Code
3. Battery maintenance charging and refuelling procedures
4. Pre-use checks
5. Factors affecting stability
6. Motive controls
7. Hydraulic controls
8. Manoeuvring in open and confined areas
9. Working at height
10. Rated capacity


On completion of training candidates will have a theoretical understanding of the following:-

1. Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98.
2. Operators safety code
3. Battery Maintenance, charging procedures and refuelling 
4. Pre-use checks
5. Factors affecting stability
6. Rated capacity
7. The knowledge of abseil requirements

Operator Skill:

On completion of training the candidate will be able to:-

1. Drive and operate the cherry picker safely and efficiently
2. Work at various levels in a safe and competent manner
3. Carry out pre-use checks to ensure the equipment is in a safe condition
4. Carry out battery maintenance, charging procedures and re-fuel
5. Manoeuvre in confined spaces
6. Understand rated capacities
6. Understand how to abseil

Who should attend this course:

The Cherry Picker Conversion course is for operators who currently hold an accreditation for another machine type and wish to convert to the Cherry Picker.

Course duration:

This course is for 1 to 2 days dependent on the operators previous experience and ability. ITSSAR accredited courses for lift trucks are strictly a maximum of 3 delegates to one instructor on one machine to ensure the training meets the Approved Code of Practice L117. Please click HERE for the training ratios per instructor.


Successful delegates will receive a novice operator certificate of basic skill and ability endorsed by ITSSAR with their registration number to the Trained Operator Passport Scheme (TOPS).

We also offer an in-house certificate for employers who prefer accreditation to be used only on their premises.

Training material:

Delegates will receive relevant course handouts to support theoretical knowledge gained to include the following:

Operators Safety Code

Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998   (LOLER)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Working at Height Regulations

Pre-use inspection check sheet & check details.

Locations covered:

Local areas covered:  for counterbalance forklift training:

Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-sea, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Horsham, Crawley, Reigate, Redhill, Leatherhead, Guildford, Aldershot, Farnham, Fareham, Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover, Southampton, Portsmouth, Southsea, Havant and surrounding areas.

We are also able to travel anywhere withing the UK excluding Ireland. 

Cherry Picker Courses

Please see our other Cherry Picker course types

Cherry Picker Refresher Course
Cherry Picker Refresher Course
The Cherry Picker Refresher Course is ideal for candidates renewing their accreditation after 3 years
Cherry Picker Refresher Course
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Cherry Picker Novice Course
Cherry Picker Novice Course
Cherry Picker Novice Training is for candidates with no previous experience or formal training
Cherry Picker Novice Course
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Cherry Picker Experienced Course
Cherry Picker Experienced Course
Cherry Picker Experienced Course is for candidates who operate another lift truck type
Cherry Picker Experienced Course
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