This yardshunter course is designed for delegates who are employed as a yardshunter and will cover the safe and efficient movement of trailers around site, coupling and uncoupling and movement in restricted areas.  Our yardshunter course is available on site nationwide


Moving vehicles around on site is a major cause of workplace accidents in the logistics industry. This practical course offers different options for both novice and experienced shunters and drivers, training them in safe driving practices to reduce the risk of accidents and of damage to vehicles and property.

The training, designed for artics, rigids and tugs, ensures both the employer and the driver conform to HSE legislation and demonstrates they have met their duty of care.

HSE statistics show that fatal injuries in the workplace have remained level in recent years and falls from height is still one of the biggest causes.

Course Aim

To provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the hazards associated with operating such machinery. To have a working knowledge of how the various tail lifts operate and to identify the major components of the equipment and carry out an effective pre use check.

Course Content

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • What are the hazards
  • Risk Assessment and Safe System of Work
  • Introduction to the tractor unit
  • Coupling and uncoupling trailers
  • HSG 136
  • L64 Safety Signs and Signals
  • Different types of vehicles and their blind spots
  • Site rules and procedures
  • Working with a banksman
  • Reversing (straight, left and right sides)
  • Key policy and security
  • Pre use check

Different Course Types

The type of forklift training course that you require, will all depend on the experience of the forklift operator. Below you can see the different courses available based on the level of experience.


A novice course is for operators with no experience using a piece of equipment or has been using one with no training previously for less than 6 months.


To qualify for a refresher course, the operator must have proof that they have completed training in this category, without this proof they will not be ale to attend refresher training.


If the operator has previously used another similat piece of equipment, then they can convert to another.


Some operators may have previously been trained in-house or has been using the equipment without any training. Therefore an experienced course would be for them. Minimum of 6 months experience is required.

Experienced Worker Test (NPORS and STS Certificate ONLY)

Experienced operators may be eligible to sit an EWT (experienced worker test) if they are adequately experienced and subject to profiling by our instructor, if you are not sure if you are eligible for an EWT please email us and we will send you a fillale PDF which you can complete and send back to us.

When delivering training on your site, it may be that you have restrictions that result in an element of training not being included. 

The length of your course may be altered due to this and any certificates achieved will show any restrictions.

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Yardshunter Training Courses onsite:

Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport, Blackwood, Swansea, Llanelli, Llansamlett, Crosshands, Pembroke, Caerphilly, Carmerthen, Bristol, Brecon, Neath, South Wales, Wrexham, Llandielo, Aberdare, Mountian Ash, UK Wide

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