New Entrant Telescopic Handler Training Course

Telescopic Handler also known as a Teleporter, Telehandler or Boom Lift.

This New Entrant Telescopic Handler training course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to operate the machine safely and to comply with statutory requirements.

This course is designed for participants who don’t have prior experience.

Available as an Onsite Course

NOT Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

This New Entrant Telescopic Handler training course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to operate the machine safely and to comply with statutory requirements. This course is designed for participants who don’t have prior experience.

Course Topics
  • Construction site safety awareness
  • Health and safety legislation
  • Daily inspection
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Operating practices
  • The effect of load, size, weight, gradients and ground conditions upon the machines stability
  • The loading, storage and transportation of materials


A maximum of 4 participants can attend each New Entrant Telescopic Handler training session.


New Entrant Telescopic Handler training sessions are 3-days in duration.



On successful competition of the New Entrant Telescopic Handler course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification will expire after 5-years.


Participants are required to apply to renew their training.

Course Entry Requirements

  • Possess a current safepass registration card
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Participants must bring with them to training a passport sized photograph
  • Wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE): safety helmet, safety boots, Reflective ‘hi-viz’ jacket, and gloves.

Site Requirements

All equipment, materials and resources listed must meet the required specification and be made available for the duration of the programme.

  1.  Appropriate classroom, with sufficient heating, light, seating arrangements, and appropriate welfare facilities, must be available.
  2. The designated area for training and assessing should be cordoned off with access control. The area should be assessed by the Trainer/Assessor and deemed safe following a recorded risk assessment in accordance with the Safe System of Work Plan and all control measures must be in place.
  3. Serviceable Telescopic Handler with rough terrain capability fitted with stabilisers which meets current legislation and is fitted with standard forks, a Roll Over Protection Structures and Falling Objects Protection Structure. It must be fitted with a seat-belt, reversing alarm, flashing beacon, and Reversing Camera and/or convex mirrors. The operator’s manual for the telescopic handler being used must be available.
  4. Travel routes must be level with a surface capable of supporting the Telescopic Handler at different speed ranges while laden and unladen. There must be an area of ground with a straight run of at least 20 metres
  5. An incline which must be a Slope or Ramp not less than 18% (1:5.5) incline and constructed of suitable material. The incline must be either one ramp with sufficient manoeuvring area on top or two ramps with a level area at the top to halt the machine. The length of the Slope/Ramp should be at least 1 ½ times the length of the Telescopic Handler. The Manufacturer’s Operators Manual must be checked to ensure the machine is capable of operating on this gradient.
  6. A Lorry bed equipped with a headboard. (This may be simulated but must have the same dimensions as a standard truck bed including the ground/bed height).
  7. Restrictions used to create a chicane must be prepared on solid base material with the travel distance not less than 30m and must include full left and right hand 90° turns. The cones placed at equal distance apart and the width should be not more than 600mm plus width of the Telescopic Handler.
  8. Selection of loads of know weights to consist of:
    • Load 1 = 1 load weighing not less than 60% of the rated capacity of the machine.
    • Load 2 = 3 equal sized loads weighing not less than 20% of the rated capacity, suitable for stacking on top of each other safely.
    • Load 3 = 1 load weighing not less than 75% of the rated capacity at full horizontal reach.
    • All loads must be structured of appropriate materials i.e. concrete bricks, or (similar construction materials), with loads placed evenly on pallets, crates or stillages not less than 1000mm x 1000mm squared with appropriate load bearing capacity.
    • The Loading Tower must be designed and constructed to support loads, it must be free from defect and properly maintained. The maximum load bearing capacity shall not be less than 75% of the Telescopic Handlers maximum lift height, able to safely support Load 1.
  9. Loading towers (loading bays), scaffolds or prefabricated towers must be erected by competent persons in full compliance of current legislation and the Code of Practice for Access and Working Scaffolds,
    Clear signage shall be fixed to the tower showing the maximum safe working load Equipment and resources required must be available for the full duration of the programme and any deviation must be sought and approved by the CSCS Operations Unit prior to the training/assessment taking place.
Summary Of Assessments
  • Theory and practical examination

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