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CPCS: Telescopic Handler


CPCS A17 Telescopic Handler Training Courses

The Telescopic Handler is a multi-utility piece of plant that is widely used on construction sites throughout the UK.  The telehandler can be used in a variety of formats to support with bricklayers, lifting roof trusses, road sweeping (fitted with a bucket on the front) and carrying underhung loads (suspended loads)

Course Objective

The telescopic handler course covers a range of health and safety regulations and procedures as well as terminology that the operator needs to know. The course will teach the attendee how to safely operate the telescopic handler across a range of different situations. On completion of the CPCS A17 telehandler training course candidates will:

  • Identify the basic construction and components, and the purpose and use of all controls and gauges.
  • Identify and comply with manufacturer’s instructions in accordance with the operator’s handbook; other information sources i.e., Load charts and applicable regulations.
  • Explain all relevant documentation.
  • Carry out all pre-use and running checks.
  • Configure the telescopic handler for site and road travel.
  • Travel over differing types of terrain, including rough undulating ground (not applicable for Industrial Telescopic) and substantial inclines, both with and without a load.
  • Manoeuvre in confined areas using forward and reverse direction, both with and without a load.
  • Set the telescopic handler to lift various loads.
  • Lift and place various loads within the full working range of the telescopic handler.
  • Ensure load integrity and security.
  • Transport Loads
  • Place and retrieve loads accurately at various places.
  • Place and retrieve loads from a vehicle bed or trailer.
  • Keep within safe working parameters.
  • Place the machine in an out-of-service condition.

Explain the loading and unloading procedure on and off a transporter

What is the duration of the CPCS Telehandler course?

The duration of the CPCS A17 course varies depending on a learner’s ability.  However, for novice operators, that is, learners with no previous experience, learners will do a 5-day course (including theory and practical test).  This course will run from Monday to Friday with a theory and practical test on Friday.  If you are an experienced operator, then the course can be delivered in 1 day consisting of a theory and practical test.

Entry Requirements & Pre-requisites

Novices with no experience all the way up to experienced workers sit on the course.

For a novice operators’ course, each learner must have sat and passed the CITB Health & Safety Touch Screen Test.

Who should attend?

Candidates of all levels of ability and knowledge can attend our courses as we deliver full foundation training through to testing only. This course is for people with limited or no experience who want to learn how to operate a telescopic handler.


This course will give delegates a CPCS Red Trained Operator card (on successful completion of CPCS Technical Tests).

On completion of the course, operators will receive their CPCS Red Trained Operator Card which is valid for 2 years.  In that time each learner will need to achieve their Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ in order to exchange their Red card to a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

Grants & Funding

Grants are available for eligible employers. CPCS: £420 for a full novice course. £300 for testing only. NPORS, ITSSAR and In-house: £120 full novice course including test. This is from the CITB Levy.

CPCS Telescopic Handler Training

The learner is assessed on-site through a range of methods such as observations, evidence generated from the workplace, written questions, witness testimonials and professional discussion.

This course provides instruction in the correct operation of CPCS A17 Telescopic Handler for operators who will be using such machines on site. It provides training as referred to in the laws relating to work equipment and health and safety, and is accredited by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

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Further Development

The awarding body recommends that refreshers are taken regularly, to make sure that all operators are working to correcting standards and to correct any bad habits the operator may have picked up over the duration of the cards.

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    Telescopic Handler
    Awarding Body: CPCS


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