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Telescopic Handler

Our Telescopic Handler training is recognised by the HSE. SB Skills Solutions has CPCS, NPORS and INHOUSE trained instructors who are fully competent to train, test and certify operators.

Category: Tag: Awarding Body: CPCS | NPORS | In House | Product ID: 22458


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 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 Telehandler course?

The duration of the telescopic handler 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.


We offer training courses accredited by the following training bodies:

CPCS – The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the biggest and most widely recognised body. Some companies require that their operators specifically have a CPCS card before employment. CPCS offers a competence card scheme. Initially, an operator will be awarded a red card.  The A17c Telescopic Handler course CPCS will reward a red trained operator card on completion, enabling candidates to go on and undertake the relevant Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ to enable them to obtain a blue competence card.

NPORS – National Plant Operators Registration Scheme is a widely recognised accreditation specialising in the construction sector.  On successful completion of the NPORS 010 Telescopic Handler course, delegates will receive a Red Competent Card which is valid for 2 years.  In that time delegates will be required to complete the relevant Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ in order to update their card to a Blue Competency Card.

In-House – Our in-house training course for the Telescopic Handlers follows the same training schedule, however if a client would like a bespoke option i.e with a particular attachment then this can be built into the course. The inhouse is still done by highly qualified NPORS and CPCS instructor is just at the end of the course you will gain a certificate of competency. The certificate is normally used for people who need to cover for insurance, competency and to use on own sites.

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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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    Had a really great week at SB skills solutions and gained my cat A17 Telescopic handler Trained/entry level certificate. The course was well structured with rotating practical and theory sessions expertly taught
    by my instructor Stephen Bailey.
    Really can't speak highly enough of these people.

    Lisa Brown

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