About SMC Training Service


Training Offered

SMC Training Service Ltd is accredited and recognised by ALLMI, AITT and ITSSAR to offer training courses. 

Click on the logos on the left to find out more about the courses offered for each : 

The need for training?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 require ALL PLANT operators to be trained in the use of all MHE (Mechanical Handling Equipment).

How long does training take?

The length of any training course will depend on what type of machine is used, the environment it is used in & the experience of the candidates on the training course.

1-day refresher courses for experienced operators that haven’t had any training for at least a 3-5-year period (this is the time period recommended by the HSE to employers whereby staff need to be refresher trained, on all site equipment).
3-5-day courses: for novices who have not received any formal training and have no experience.

All courses begin with theory sessions where candidates learn the theoretical background knowledge of the respective machine they are being trained on. This will include any relevant aspects of current UK statutory legislation, there will be a mandatory theory assessment at some point in the training.

Practical training begins with an explanation as to the operation of the relevant piece of MHE equipment.

Practical elements cover daily machine checks and safe operating techniques – candidates will then practice the operation of the machine until you become proficient, whereby a practical assessment will take place.

Private training at available locations

SMC Training Service Ltd can offer training on the following types of machines for private individuals, at locations in Dawlish, Willand, and Plymouth to suit your training requirements. 

  • ALLMI or ITSSAR Lorry Loader or ALLMI Slinger/Signaller
  • J3 Rough Terrain Telehandler
  • J2 Rough Terrain Telehandler
  • B1 Counterbalance Forklift
  • Forward Tipping Dumper
  • Mini Digger up to 10 Tonnes Capacity
  • D1 Electric Reach Forklift

The maximum amount of people on each course is 3 delegates. From 1 to 5-day courses depending on experience.

The cost to hire any machine for training will be passed on to the customer in all circumstances for private training.

MHE Training at Customers Premises

We carry out plant operator training at your premises.

 We do need somewhere suitable for the theoretical sessions (a quiet office or classroom/board room/meeting room/conference room is adequate) and a safe area allocated for the practical element together with an assortment of loads. We will need a relevant machine to be available for the duration of the training.

I can add loading/unloading of lorries to the training course if required. I have plenty of experience of this, and I am aware to not hold up the day-to-day running of business activities if a company only has one machine available.

Contact Us

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07870 901167

01803 844022


Registered Office: 7a Dartmouth Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5AA