Telescopic Handler Course


Candidates must bring with them on the day:- a passport sized photograph, their Safe Pass card plus safety helmet, safety boots, reflective ‘hi-vis’ jacket and gloves.

What is a Telescopic Handler?

A telescopic handler, also called a telehandler, teleporter, reach forklift, or zoom boom, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry. It is somewhat like a forklift but has a boom (telescopic cylinder), making it more a crane than a forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle. The boom can be fitted with different attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or winch.

Why Do I Need to Do a Course?

To obtain a High Risk Work licence you must complete training and a High Risk Work assessment through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) then submit your successful High Risk Work Licence assessment (NSA) to the WHS regulator of your state or territory

Aim of Programme

The aim of this form is to allow applicants to measure their knowledge and experience on the safe use of telescopic handler against the questions below. This is to ensure that all those attending the One-day Trained Operator Programme have sufficient skills and knowledge to comfortably meet the required standards.

Candidate Profile

Candidates for this programme must:

  • Have at least six months full time experience operating as a trainee telescopic handler operator in construction in accordance with the 5th Schedule – of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 – S.I. No. 291 of 2013. The six months experience must be within the last two years.
  • Possess a valid ‘Safe Pass’ registration card
    Be at least 18 years of age
  • Note: The above items must be verified by the current or previous employer (Part 3 of this pack)

Skills Validation Session

Candidates will undertake a minimum of a 3 hour Skills Validation Session with the course instructor. 

The Skills Validation Session cannot give skills and knowledge not held, but allows trained operators to eliminate ‘bad habits’ gained on site.

Please note that the instructor has the right to refuse the candidate access to the test if they have demonstrated dangerous operating skills that contravene any part of the Safety, Health and Welfare Regulations.

Theory Test

On completion of the Skills Validation Session, candidates are allowed 45 minutes to undertake a multi-choice question paper. Questions will be based on the following:

 Legislation and regulations
 Employer and employee responsibilities
 Safe working practices
 Machine components and functions
 Correct operating techniques
 Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
 Road travel (where relevant)
 Types and characteristics of materials and loads
 Site safety
 Shut down and securing procedures

Subjects that the questions will be based on will be covered during the Skills Validation Session.

To be successful on the theory test, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the total available marks. 

Candidates who achieve a minimum of 85% will be awarded a credit.

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