Yard Shunter

This course provides operatives with training and techniques required to safely move heavy goods vehicles around a company's premises and other off-road parking areas (i.e. closed to the public). Delegates are taught best practice skills to ensure the safety of yard personnel and prevent damage to vehicles and property in the immediate vicinity.

Who should attend?

  • Shunting staff - delegates on this course must at least hold a category B driving licence
  • Those responsible for raising and maintaining driving standards across a team of professional drivers

Benefits of attending

  • Improved awareness of risks unique to depot environments
  • Increased safety by understanding the correct coupling/uncoupling procedures

Course content

  • Vehicle familiarisation and pre-use inspections
  • Correct coupling and uncoupling of articulated/drawbar combinations
  • Hand signals to be used for assisting drivers in manoeuvring vehicles
  • Practice manoeuvring the vehicles onto loading bays or parking areas
  • Safe parking procedures
  • Health and safety

The vehicle provided must meet the required standards in respect of PUWER: it should be suitable for the intended purpose and adequately maintained to ensure safety. A safe area of the year should be designated for the training.

Course duration 

1–4 days dependent on type of vehicle, delegate numbers and experience. This will be advised by FTA at the time of booking.

Maximum 4 delegates


Members £749+VAT per day

Non-members £936.25+VAT per day

Price includes tuition, course handouts and certification.

Booking and information

This course is only available on an in-company basis.  For more information please email training@fta.co.uk or call 03717 11 22 22.