Become fully licensed to operate
All our telehandler training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the telescopic handler truck. These courses follow the Health and Safety Commission's approved code of practice and guidance. This means you, as an employer, meet your legal obligations to make sure all telehandler drivers receive adequate training.
At South Coast Forklift Training, we understand that everyone prefers a different learning style. Therefore, our courses use a variety of techniques to suit all learners. We use forklift models, videos, PowerPoint, worksheets and handouts to keep everyone interested. Each lesson is then finished with some questions to ensure all information is understood.
The theory work builds gradually allowing time to absorb the information before moving to the next stage. Practical lessons are demonstrated, then trainees are given adequate time to practise under close supervision.
Each course culminates with three stages of testing:
- A theory test – consisting of 25 questions
- Pre-use inspection test
- Practical skills test involving various manoeuvres completed in a safe manner
The telescopic handler
Rugged and versatile
Its full name is the rough terrain telescopic handler, often shortened to telehandler. The name telehandler comes from their telescopic arm, known as a boom that extends upwards and outwards and handles the load. Attachments are fixed to the end of this boom. These attachments include a bucket, grab, forks, towing hitch and brush.
Telehandlers have large off-road tyres and high ground clearance. They also come with three steering modes; two and four-wheel steer and crab. This combination makes them the ideal choice for farmyards and building sites.
They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The largest can reach out to over 20 metres, and the most powerful can lift more than 6 tonnes.
Traditionally these huge machines run on diesel, fuelled by internal combustion engines. But recently manufacturers have begun making hybrid and electric versions too.
TELEHANDLER TRAINING FROM A COMPANY THAT CARES
Telehandler Course Specifications
Rough Terrain Telescopic Handler
Up to 9 metre reach
Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)
3 : 1 : 1 (3 operators, 1 instructor, 1 machine)
Novice - 1 operator = 3 days, 2 operators = 4 days, 3 operators = 5 days
Experienced - 1 operator = 2 days, 2 operators = 2 days, 3 operators = 3 days
Safety Refresher - 1 operator = 1 day, 2 operators = 1 day, 3 operators = 1 day
Conversion - contact us
COURSES DESIGNED TO DELIVER RESULTS
Telehandler Course Breakdown
The following list is the elements that make up a novice telehandler course. For experienced operators, safety refresher and conversion courses the list would be shorter.
- Course induction
- The need and reasons for training and statutory requirements (HASAWA 1974 etc.)
- Introduction to equipment/control familiarisation/principles of operation
- Identification/use/adjustment of attachments in pre-determined positions including forks
- Recommended mount and dismount
- Introduction to motive, steering controls and practice
- Basic steering exercises – simple courses
- Advanced steering exercises – figure of 8/chicane/90° approaches
- Battery charging procedures/maintenance
- Operator safety code and relevant handout
- Daily pre-use inspections/refuelling procedures
- Engineering principles/rated capacity/stability
- Simple hydraulics (theory)
- Introduction to hydraulic controls, handling empty pallets low-level
- Load types/handling and weight assessment
- Stacking/de-stacking at low, medium and high levels on industrial racking*
- Stacking/de-stacking at low, medium and high levels bulk stacks*
- Stacking/de-stacking at low, medium and high levels cup post pallets*
- Manoeuvring with loads/ramps and inclines/handling awkward loads*
- Relevant safety film
- Vehicle loading and unloading (theory)*
- Vehicle loading and unloading (practical)*
- Multi-choice theory test
- Pre-use inspection test
- Practical skills test
* To be covered where relevant to operation or facilities permit
WHATEVER YOUR LEVEL, WE HAVE YOU COVERED
From in-depth beginners to safety refresher courses
ITSSAR accredited telehandler training
All courses are ITSSAR accredited and therefore recognised throughtout your industry.
Novice telehandler training
For trainees with little or no previous experience operating a telehandler truck.
Experienced telehandler training
Where candidates have relevant, recent experience but, have not received any kind of approved training.
Telehandler refresher training
Periodic telehandler refresher training is for experienced operators who hold an accredited certificate.
Telehandler conversion training
Where operators already hold a forklift certificate on a similar machine and wish to qualify on a rough terrain telehandler.
Delivering the best for your buisiness
Our courses are designed to achieve results
On-site telehandler courses
Every telehandler course we deliver is carried out on our customer’s premises. This gives trainees the advantage of being trained and tested on a machine that is already known to them. Therefore, eliminating the need for them to re-learn on another truck after initial training. On successful completion of this telehandler course, operators will know how to use these machines safely and efficiently.
We are happy to offer bespoke training programmes to meet your individual business requirements. We will always work around your needs and environment, to cause minimal disruption.
Firstly, and most importantly, to carry out your forklift training, we will need the use of your rough terrain telehandler truck. Also, an area where we will not be disturbed, with ample space to carry out basic manoeuvres and testing. Pallets and realistic loads appropriate to your business are useful - the instructor will bring a selection of traffic cones. For the theory lessons, we need sufficient space for the instructor and the trainees to work. A small office with a table, chairs and power will suffice.
All forklift operators are required to wear safety boots and any other personal protective equipment as per the company's internal risk assessments. We supply hi-visibility vests.
If unsure about any of the above, contact us to discuss.
Telehandler licence certificates
On completion of this telehandler training, drivers are fully licensed to operate this category of truck. The qualification is nationally recognised and accepted throughout the industry.
They will also receive the following:
- An A4 ITSSAR approved telehandler certificate of basic training*
- A plastic photo identification card*
- A written assessment of strengths and weaknesses*
Additionally, operators are entered or edited onto ITSSAR’s TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) database for future reference.
*There is no additional charge for these
Our service doesn't end with your training. At South Coast Forklift Training, we pride ourselves on our aftercare. It is what sets us apart from the competition and one of the many reasons our clients return to us. If you need us we are always here to answer any questions and offer advice.
In addition to this, after completing our training courses, clients receive:
- Advance warning when refresher training is due
- All relevant Health and Safety documentation
- Refuelling/recharging poster
- Seven-day pre-use inspection checklist
- An authorisation to operate lift trucks form
- Employer's training record form
APPROVED FORKLIFT LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES
Other Accredited Training Courses
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Reach Truck Training
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No wonder our clients keep coming back
Feedback from our trainees
"Helpful & informative. Confidence boosted, very personable."
GW, Portsmouth, Hampshire
"Good training at a relaxed pace. Great instructor, very knowledgeable and helpful."
JM, Chessington, Surrey
"Insightful and extremely informative with good use of desktop media."
FM, Liphook, Hampshire
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”