Forklift truck licenceIn order to acquire authorisations for equipment such as cranes, overhead cranes or forklift trucks, it is first necessary to undergo training. The Office of Technical Inspection is in charge of granting such authorisations. Our ERGON Centre for Staff Improvement works with the UDT, so you can be sure that your qualification certificate will be valid and legal. Let's find out what you need to do to start training and most importantly: what qualifications you will gain through it.

Before we begin...

We need to know whether the equipment we are going to operate is covered by UDT supervision. The Technical Inspection Ordinance contains a full list of equipment, but it is worth mentioning the most important ones. These include:

  • Overhead cranes
  • Cranes
  • Winches
  • Mobile platforms
  • Forklift trucks
  • Escalators
  • Equipment for disabled persons
  • Hoists
  • Aerial work platforms
  • Scissor lifts

It is worth noting that the Office of Technical Inspection is the main institution involved in this process and has the task of controlling the condition of the equipment. Its tasks also include organising training and qualification activities for equipment manufacturers and their users.

What is included in the training?

First of all, it is important to bear in mind that there are different types of training, depending on what kind of equipment you want to operate. For example: if you want to acquire a forklift licence, you need to follow a course appropriate to this. Although this is logical, it can cause a problem if we hear about UDT training in general. So we need to lean at least a few types of courses.

Handling equipment

device nameForm of trainingRequirements for taking part
Forklift truckGroups are divided according to their level of competence, which is determined by a test. The training includes a theoretical and a practical part. Classes can be held both on-site and online.At least 18 years of age, no contraindications to forklift driving, at least primary education
Mobile platformsThe course can take place in the classroom or via webinar (in which case it is necessary to supplement the practical knowledge in the classroom). The training combines theory and practice.No health contraindications to working on platforms, at least 18 years of age, at least primary education
Aerial work platformsThe training is organised according to the differences in the skills of the participants. There are both theoretical and practical classes. Depending on the needs of those taking part, a different course duration is provided.Certificate of no health contraindication, at least 18 years of age

To a large extent, the classes are divided into theoretical, where the various regulations and standards are learnt, and practical, where participants individually familiarise themselves with the equipment they are to use. Study materials are provided for each course, as well as a set of questions with answers predicted for the UDT exam. This is very helpful for studying and makes it much easier to pass such an exam. If you have problems understanding the topics, there is the possibility of obtaining additional study material.

Course format

All UDT training courses can take place in an open format. The idea is that anyone who is interested in gaining authorisation for a particular piece of equipment can enter. On the other hand, another mode - closed - is intended for a specific organised group, e.g. people from one workplace. In several cases, entry into a particular group is determined by the participant's skill level. This is determined by a competency test. This is important for the course as it allows for efficient learning for each participant. However, if there is a group with a lower level of proficiency, the course takes correspondingly longer. We know that, despite such facilities, there may be obstacles to understanding the material, which is why our trainers are there to help and advise.

Mobile platforms course

Exam

During the course, we learn about the health and safety regulations required at work. This way, we are aware of the dangers that await us when operating a forklift, for example. Once the training is complete and you are familiar with all the standards, you can take the exam. In most cases, there is a theoretical part in the form of a test and a practical part, usually oral. The threshold for passing the exam depends on the specific piece of equipment we will be using and want to be licensed for.

When you want to acquire a qualification certificate for equipment such as forklifts, cranes or mobile platforms, sign up for a course at the ERGON Personnel Improvement Centre ! Here you will acquire all the skills you need to use the equipment. We also combine theory and practice to a large extent, so we try to apply the guidelines and individual standards when using the equipment as part of the practical part of the course. We organise our training courses in open and closed form at our branches in Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow and Bielsko-Biała. We also provide the opportunity to travel to your workplace - no matter where in Poland it is located. Prices for training courses are set individually, so please feel free to direct your questions to our telephone number or via the contact form available on our website.