Welcome to Train-a-Lift Ltd


Specialists in Forklift Operator Training, ITSSAR Forklift Instructor Training and Mechanical Handling Equipment Training.


The Training Centre and Admin Offices



Welcome to Train-a-Lift Ltd! We are a training company based Coventry in the West Midlands. Our specialty is training on Mechanical Handling Equipment and we have been training people for over 40 years. Therefore over this time we have amassed a vast amount of knowledge about MHE training.

We train for both companies and private individuals on a self sponsored basis. In addition, all of our instructors are accredited by Independent Training Scheme Standards and Register (ITSSAR). ITSSAR are HSE approved and a member of the Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA).

Here at TAL, we have our own training centre facilities in Coventry and at the centre we run a variety of courses. In addition to training at our centre, we carry out training at a customer premises on a nationwide scale. We have trained from Birmingham to London, Ireland to Wales and right up to the far tip of Scotland. So we are happy to travel anywhere to train!

We have a wide variety of customers and we train on a wide variety of equipment! Our customers range from the very small companies to the very large corporations such as Britvic, Konecranes and Rolls Royce Plc. We have worked for these companies for many years and henceforth are one of their preferred training companies.

As a service to our customers we maintain a database of all of the training which we carry out and we are able to check certain past training records. Furthermore we can also provide an Expert Witness Service for court cases.


“Extensive experience and accreditation gives customers the assurance that the service they receive from our company is always of the highest standard and ensures compliance with the latest ‘best practice’ and legal requirements”



Our Forklift Truck Operator and Instructor courses are independently accredited by the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register. 

All ITSSAR accredited courses are registered on their Trained Operator Passport Scheme (TOPS). All of the training which can be ITSSAR accredited is added onto the TOPS scheme. When a delegate is added on TOPS, they are given a unique TOPS number. This number stays with them for life and should be used for all further training which they may undertake.

We also carry out Lorry Loader courses. Lorry Loader courses can be accredited by ITSSAR or Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI). ALLMI is a popular option for many of our customers who wish to have their accreditation.

Furthermore we are quality assessed to BS EN ISO9001:2008 by Bureauveritas.


For definitions of specific machinery, please refer to our ABA Workplace Transport Groups. If you are unsure about a machines category, we are more than happy to help you define it!


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Our sole training centre is in Coventry. This is considered by many customers and accrediting agents to be one of the most ideal training facilities in the United Kingdom.

Courses for both corporate customers and self sponsored delegates can be ran at the training centre.

We are only able to offer construction equipment courses to corporate clients due to not having the equipment at the centre. 

Please note that we are unable to offer courses for CPCS cards.

Find out more about our Training Centre courses


  • 10,000 square feet of heated indoor practical training area
  • 20,000 square feet of outdoor practical training area
  • Fully equipped modern lecture rooms
  • Racking systems
  • High stacking facilities
  • Electric, Diesel and LPG Counterbalances
  • Reach Trucks
  • Pedestrian Pallet Truck
  • Pedstrian Pallet Stacker
  • Tow Truck and Trailer
  • Hand-held Abrasive Wheels
  • Man Up Very Narrow Aisle (VNA)
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Refreshment facilities




Train-a-Lift Ltd

TAL Centre

Curriers Close

Charter Avenue Industrial Estate




We are close to the A45 and are within easy reach from the motorway network (M1, M5, M6, M40, M42, M45 and M69). The number 18 and 18A bus services stop 100 metres from our training centre. The nearest train station is Tile Hill which is a 5 minute walk from us.


The Racking Practice Area


We also offer ITSSAR Instructor/ Train the Trainer courses and these are ran at our training centre is Coventry. We run courses for new instructors which are 10 days. In addition we run 4 day courses for those who are already instructors and want to renew their licenses.

In addition to the courses ran at our centre, we do have the option of running courses at a customers premise. Onsite instructor courses have a number of requirements. These include delegate numbers, the availability of a classroom, accommodation and a practice area for the practical elements. Find out more about our Instructor courses.



For corporate customers we provide a variety of training at a customers site.

We can carry out training onsite at customer premises at any selected venue within the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. In addition to those locations, we can also train anywhere in mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Onsite courses can include Plant Operator, Access Platform, Overhead Crane, Heavy Plant, Forklift Trucks, Mechanical Handling Equipment Safety and Instructor training. For a complete list of onsite training, please refer to Onsite Courses.

For onsite training we ask is that customers provide the following: a suitable area for practical sessions, an appropriate machine, suitable loads and indoor facilities for presenting theory.

When training at customers’ premises, each Train-a-Lift instructor is a fully mobile unit. Each instructor is provided with the appropriate aids, course registers, manuals, safety codes and protective clothing required for the training.

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