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Top 7 Places To Take A Forklift Course In Singapore (Updated 2024)

Whether you’re involved in logistics, construction, or engineering, mastering forklift operations enhances your value to any team. Effective handling of heavy goods and cargo is essential, and forklift certification is highly valued across these sectors. 

Since the implementation of the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) “Operate Forklift” Competency Standard on 1 October 2009, endorsed by Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, it’s mandatory for all forklift operators to be adequately trained and show necessary competencies. 

Additionally, to maintain high safety and efficiency standards, operators are encouraged to attend a refresher course every three years, as recommended under SS 573:2012. This guide aligns with Singapore Forklifts’ commitment to lifelong learning by helping you make an informed decision about where to obtain and renew your forklift certification in Singapore’s top training locations.

1. NTUC Learning Hub

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NTUC Learning Hub offers a wide array of training solutions and services, with a strong focus on Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) standards, enhancing their reliability and credibility. Their diverse course offerings cater to a range of professionals including workers, managers, supervisors, and tradespeople, ensuring comprehensive skill development across various levels.

These are the costs and duration of the respective forklift courses offered by NTUC Learning Hub:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Operate Forklift course (Re-fresher)8.5 hours$163.50
WSQ Operate Forklift Course3 daysFor Singapore citizens aged 39 years and below: $224.20

For Singapore citizens aged 40 years and above: $148.20

For foreigners: $414.20

WSQ Operate Forklift Course5 daysFor Singapore citizens aged 39 years and below: $632.20

For Singapore citizens aged 40 years and above: $226.20

For foreigners: $632.20

The 5-day course covers similar content as the 3-day one, but at a slower pace for learners who require more time to learn effectively, especially for those without a Land Transport Authority (LTA) Class 3 driving licence. In addition, there is also a 1-day Refresher Course for forklift operators who have attended the “Forklift Operator’s Training Course” more than 3 years ago.

In general, both the WSQ Operate Forklift courses aim to educate trainees in 4 essential aspects:

  • Operating a Forklift
  • Inspecting a Forklift
  • Preparation of Forklift before Operating
  • Reinstatement and Handing Over of Forklift

The course focuses heavily on both theory and practical training, with highly trained professionals as mentors throughout the course. NTUC Learning Hub also provides industry-standard, high-quality forklifts throughout the course for trainees to become adept in the operations of a forklift.

Throughout both of these forklift courses, the 3-day course (25.5 hours) and the 5-day course (42.5 hours) both accredit the trainee with a Safety Pass from NTUC Learning Hub and a Statement of Attainment (SOA) from the WDA.

  • Above 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid LTA Class 3 driving licence (for the 3-day course only)
  • Those who have failed the practical assessment for the 2nd time will have to retake the entire course
  • Compulsory to wear safety shoes and proper attire (no singlet/ shorts/ bermudas)
  • 100% attendance to the course
  • Pass a theory assessment (30 minutes test)
  • Pass a practical assessment (45 minutes test)
  • Skills Development Fund (SDF), Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Workfare Training Support (WTS) funding available for corporate registrations
  • WTS funding available for individual trainees
  • Applicable for SkillsFuture funding for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR) aged 21 and above and Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above

Contact

Phone: +65 6336 5482 (Individual), +65 6266 5482 (Corporate)

2. PSA Institute

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Founded in 1962, PSA Institute has established itself as a pivotal training entity that has significantly influenced Singapore’s Shipping and Logistics industries. With decades of expertise, they have successfully trained over 700,000 participants, including both Singaporeans and foreigners. The institute offers a diverse array of courses, encompassing lifting, signalling, rigging, working at height, safety, and port operations, continuing to shape the skills of industry professionals today.

Stated below are the costs and duration of the respective forklift courses provided by PSA Institute:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Forklift Driver Refresher Course1 day$163.50
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (3 Days) – Available in both English and Mandarin3 day$359.70
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (5 Days) – Available in English and Mandarin5 days$594.05
Heavy Forklift Driver Training Course4 days$1,035.50
Safe Forklift Operations in the Container Terminal2 hours$103.55
Safe Forklift Operations in the Warehouse1 day$190.75

PSA Institute offers a specialized suite of forklift training programs tailored to different skill levels. Besides the standard beginner’s WSQ Operate Forklift Courses, they also provide advanced courses suitable for intermediate and seasoned forklift operators. The beginner courses are split into two separate modules: one for theory and one for practical skills, each designed to accommodate the pace and learning needs of new operators.

The Theory segment of the WSQ Operate Forklift Course is available in English and Mandarin, allowing for a broader reach among trainees. The Practical segment, on the other hand, is conducted in English and offers two options: a 2-day course for those with a Class 3 driving licence and a 4-day course for those without, ensuring comprehensive hands-on training tailored to each participant’s licensing status.

Basically, the topics covered aim to help the trainee attain the skills stated below, which are highly relevant to today’s industrial needs. The theory and practical-based topics are as follow:

  • Workplace Safety and Health Act
  • Forklift Introduction
  • Daily Safety Checks
  • Forklift Capability, Limitations and Stability Issues
  • Cargo Symbols and Instructions
  • Operation Basics and Traffic Management

PSA Institute prioritises a methodical training approach, using only their proprietary training materials and curriculum, and emphasising adherence to local operational contexts. This structured separation of theory and practice allows participants to absorb necessary knowledge effectively without overwhelming them. The experienced instructors at PSA ensure the training adheres to high standards, with successful participants receiving a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment (SOA) from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

  • At least 18 years of age with no medical or physical disability preventing the efficient use of a forklift
  • Applicants above 60 years of age must produce a medical certificate of physical fitness
  • Possess a valid LTA Class 3 driving licence (for the 2-day practical course only)
  • Theory course must be completed before attempting the Practical segment
  • Pass the Theory Test
  • Pass the Practical Test
  • SDF and Skills Redevelopment Program (SRP) funding available

Contact

3. AAT Training Hub

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AAT Training Hub has been around since 2005, and has trained over 15,000 forklift personnel since its inception. They are accredited by major government agencies such as WDA, MOM, Singapore Civil Defence Force as well as the International Air Transport Association. They provide various aviation-based courses, safety, construction and WSQ-based courses as well, apart from forklift courses. Similar to PSA Institute, AAT Training Hub also provides Refresher and Heavy Lifting Forklift courses for the intermediate and advanced forklift users.

Here are the costs and duration of the respective forklift courses offered at AAT Training Hub:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Forklift Refresher Course4 hours$152.60
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (With Class 3-licence)3 days$403.30
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (Without Class 3-licence)4 days$599.50

At AAT Training Hub, the WSQ Operate Forklift courses comprehensively cover both technical and administrative functions essential for forklift operation. Similar to NTUC Learning Hub, AAT Training Hub offers two distinct courses: a 3-day course and an extended 4-day course designed to accommodate learners who do not possess an LTA Class 3 driver’s licence and may benefit from a more paced learning experience. These courses adhere strictly to the WSQ Standard and include:

  • Operating a forklift
  • Inspecting a forklift
  • Preparation of forklift before operating
  • Reinstatement and handing over of forklift

In addition to forklift training, AAT Training Hub also offers specialised courses for reach trucks and pallet trucks, expanding the scope of their training solutions. As pioneers in private training for material handling equipment, AAT Training Hub has earned accreditation from major government agencies, highlighting its commitment to safety and reliability. Their emphasis on high-quality education ensures that upon completing their courses, participants receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

  • Possess a valid LTA Class 3 driving licence (for the 3-day course only)
  • Trainees above a certain age group must produce a medical certificate of physical fitness
  • Completion of entire course
  • Applications of funding through Skills Connect

Contact

Phone: +65 6292 4804
Email: admin@aattraininghub.com

4. Tat Hong Training Services

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Tat Hong Training Centre was founded and established in 1999 to provide a wide range of skills and knowledge based training to a variety of industries. Located in Woodlands Spectrum 1, Tat Hong Training Centre provides comprehensive training and re-training courses to ensure that trainees get educated on the latest operational practices and knowledge in their respective industries.

The costs and duration of the forklift courses at Tat Hong Training Centre are as listed below:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Operate Forklift Refresher0.5 days$163.50
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (Without Class 3 licence)4 days$583.15
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (With Class 3 licence)3 days$348.80

The objective of the WSQ Operate Forklift courses is to properly equip trainees with the skills and knowledge required to carry out forklift operations safely and efficiently. There are two segments to the course, which are the theory and practical portions. Some of the main elements of the training include:

  • Preparing and learning how to carry out a forklift operation
  • Inspecting a forklift before operations
  • Forklift operations
  • Maintenance procedures after forklift operations

Depending on whether you have a Class 3 driving licence, the course will be either 3 or 4 days. Upon completion of the course, trainees will be awarded an SOA under the Singapore WSQ Framework. Should participants fail the final assessment, they will also be allowed to retake either the theory or practical portion.

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Singaporean, PR or holder of a valid employment pass or work permit
  • Physically and mentally fit for training
  • Able to read and write simple English
  • Learners above 70 years of age must produce a medical certificate to prove that you’re physically fit.
  • Pass theory assessment
  • Pass practical assessment
  • Applicable for subsidies from Skills Development Fund (SDF) and Skills Redevelopment Program (SRP)

Contact

Phone: +65 6269 5269
Email: sales@thtc.com.sg

5. Wong Fong Academy

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Wong Fong Academy, a subsidiary of Wong Fong Engineering, has a clear vision of being a leader in Singapore’s Continuing Education and Training sector. They place a strong emphasis on instilling workplace safety practices in all learners so that everyone can play their part in taking personal responsibility for safety. With academies in the east, west and north, the team at Wong Fong hopes to make their courses accessible to all interested individuals.

Here are the costs and duration of the respective forklift courses available at Wong Fong Academy:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Forklift Refresher Course4 hours$163.50
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (With Class 3 licence)3 days$359.70
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (Without Class 3 licence) – Available in both English and Mandarin4 days$577.70

Wong Fong Academy’s courses are designed to accommodate both licensed and non-licensed drivers. Individuals without a Class 3 driving licence are required to undertake a 1-day theory lesson followed by a 3-day practical session, while those with a licence complete the same theory lesson but only a 2-day practical session. This structure allows participants the flexibility to attend theory and practical sessions separately, according to their convenience based on the scheduled dates.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants not only receive a photo pass but are also awarded a Statement of Attainment (SOA) from SkillsFuture Singapore, certifying their proficiency.

  • Above 18 years of age
  • Able to interpret work instructions and technical information
  • Able to understand, read, write and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to level 3 of the ESS
  • Able to process numbers at a proficiency level equivalent to Workplace Numeracy Level 3
  • Complete the entire course and be certified as competent
  • Applicable for SkillsFuture funding
  • Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit for Singaporeans aged 25 and above

Contact

Phone: +65 6863 3686/ 3885
Email: sales@wfa.sg

6. SMF Centre for Corporate Learning

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The SMF Centre for Corporate Learning (SMF CCL) started out with the objective of empowering SMF member companies. Noticing that there is an increasing demand for such training and development courses, they have since expanded to include other companies and individuals who are seeking to better their skills as well, as they believe that the strongest asset of every organisation is their people.

Stated below are the cost and duration of the Forklift Operation Course at SMF CCL:

CourseDurationCost (Including GST)
Forklift Refresher Course — Available in English and Mandarin8 hours
$180
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (With Class 3 licence) – Available in English and Mandarin3 days$420
WSQ Operate Forklift Course (Without Class 3 licence) – Available in English and Mandarin5 days$635

This course includes a 1-day theory session, available in English and Mandarin, as well as a 2-day practical session. Theory sessions are held on Mondays, while practical sessions are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or Thursdays and Fridays. Some of the topics covered during the training would include:

  • Capabilities and Limitations of Forklifts
  • Operational Dos and Don’ts
  • Travel forward, reverse in straight lines and around corners
  • Stack and Unstack Dummy Cargo

The objectives of this course would be to educate forklift operators on the vehicle’s operations, driving safety and hazard awareness as well as to provide them with adequate hands-on experience to become competent and safe operators. Upon completion of the course, successful participants will receive a Forklift Driver’s Training Course Certification accredited by WDA.

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Applicants who are 62 years and above must produce a medical certificate of physical fitness
  • Singaporean, PR or holder of a valid employment pass or work permit
  • Possess a valid LTA Class 3 driving licence
  • Physically and mentally fit for the training with no handicap
  • Able to read and understand simple English
  • Pass all required assessments
  • At least 75% attendance
  • Government grant available

Contact

Phone: +65 6826 3100
Email: enquiry.ccl@smfederation.org.sg

7. UBTS Training Centre

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UBTS Training Centre is an award-winning Approved Training Organisation by the WDA. Through their courses, they seek to offer modified learning based on each participant’s needs and to equip participants with the necessary skills to contribute to a safe workplace.

The costs and durations of the respective forklift courses at UBTS Training Centre are as listed below:

CourseDurationCost
Forklift Refresher Course4 hours$150 nett
WSQ Operate Forklift Course3 days$280 nett
WSQ Operate Forklift Course Full Course3.5 days$520 nett

UBTS offers a comprehensive suite of WSQ Forklift Operation courses tailored to both licensed and non-licensed participants. Individuals holding a valid LTA Class 3 driving licence can complete their training in a concise 2.5-day course, totaling 22 hours. Meanwhile, those without a licence require a more extensive 3.5-day, 32-hour training program. 

Additionally, UBTS provides a 4-hour Forklift Refresher Course priced at $150 nett, aimed at updating the skills of current operators. The core WSQ Operate Forklift Course spans 3 days with a cost of $280 nett, and an extended full course option runs for 3.5 days at $520 nett. These courses comprehensively cover essential topics through both theory and practical lessons. Some topics include: 

  • Parts of forklift and their functions
  • Inspect forklift
  • Reinstate and hand over forklift

After completing the course and passing all required assessments, participants will receive the Safety Pass awarded by UBTS Training Centre and WSQ SOA.

  • At least 21 years old
  • Trainees above 60 years old must be certified to be medically fit to attend the training course
  • Singaporean, PR or holder of a valid employment pass or work permit
  • Able to understand, read, write and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to level 3 of the ESS
  • Able to process numbers at a proficiency level equivalent to Workplace Numeracy Level 3
  • Able to read and understand manufacturer’s instructions, procedures and safety signs
  • Have a good sense of situational awareness and safety consciousness
  • Pass all required assessments
  • WTS and SDF funding available
  • Applications of funding through Skills Connect

Contact

Phone: +65 6425 6787
Email: training@ubts.com.sg

Comparisons

Quality

All the 7 stated institutes for taking the WSQ Operate Forklift courses employ capable and experienced professionals as mentors while being long-standing educational agencies with the required accreditation.

Flexibility

PSA Institute and Wong Fong Academy stand out by providing 2 separate courses (theory and practical), which the trainees do not have to take continuously.

Cost

InstituteFor those with LTA Class 3 driving licenceFor those without LTA Class 3 driving licence
NTUC Learning Hub$224.20$632.20
PSA Institute$359.70$594.05
AAT Training Hub$403.30$599.50
Tat Hong Training Centre$348.80$583.15
Wong Fong Academy$359.70$577.70
SMF CCL$420$635
UBTS Training Centre$280$520

For the shorter forklift courses for those with LTA Class 3 driving licences, UBTS Training Centre offers the cheapest option, followed by Wong Fong Academy and PSA Institute. As for the courses for those without LTA Class 3 driving licences, the most affordable option would be Wong Fong Academy, followed by PSA Institute and UBTS Training Centre.

Prerequisites

For the shorter forklift courses for those with LTA Class 3 driving licences, UBTS Training Centre offers the cheapest option, followed by Wong Fong Academy and PSA Institute. As for the courses for those without LTA Class 3 driving licences, the most affordable option would be Wong Fong Academy, followed by PSA Institute and UBTS Training Centre.

A summary of the main prerequisites are summarised in the table below.

InstituteMust be Singaporean, PR or holder of valid employment pass or work permitMust be physically and mentally fitRequired to provide medical cert of physical fitnessMust be able to understand, read, write and speak EnglishOthers
NTUC2nd time failures will have to retake the entire course
PSAAbove 60 years of age
AATAbove a certain age (not specified)
Tat HongBasic
Wong FongESS Level 3Workplace Numeracy Level 3
SMF CCL62 years and aboveBasic
UBTSAbove 60 years of ageESS Level 3Workplace Numeracy Level 3

Requirements to Pass

All the 7 institutes require a passing of their theory and practical assessments. However, NTUC Learning Hub and SMF CCL require an additional 100% attendance and at least 75% attendance respectively for their WSQ courses.

Funding

The table below shows a summary of all the funding options available at each institute.

InstituteSDFWTSSMESRPSkills ConnectSkills Future FundingSkills Future Credits
NTUC
PSA
AAT
Tat Hong
Wong Fong
SMF CCL
UBTS

NTUC Learning Hub offers the most avenues for funding at both corporate and individual levels, followed by UBTS Training Centre.

Forklift Licence Validity In Singapore

Under the guidelines of the Singapore Standards Council SS 573:2012, it is mandatory for forklift operators to attend a refresher course every three years. This regulation ensures that operators remain well-informed about the latest safety practices and procedures, thereby maintaining high standards of operational safety.

Getting A Forklift Licence in Singapore

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In conclusion, numerous institutes across Singapore offer a variety of forklift courses, each providing unique advantages in terms of flexibility, cost, and additional benefits. The key to continual professional development lies in an individual’s commitment to self-improvement. With ample grants and funding available from the government for both corporate and individual learners, there’s no better time to enhance your skills. 

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