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Telescopic handler FLT15 

Awarding Body:


Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

1-5 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Rough terrain
With-out stabilizers
With stabilizers
Articulated (J8) and with-out stabilizers

Card options:

5-year LANTRA traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:



Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is a telescopic handler?

Telescopic handlers are multi-purpose machines that lift, move and place material by using retractable boom. A telehandler — short for “telescopic handler” — accepts different attachments to lift, move and place materials ranging from bricks and gravel to lumber.

What does the training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as a Plant operator
  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used and other relevant sources of information
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the Machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify steering, driving and braking controls and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Safely mount and dismount the machine
  • Start and stop the engine and safely move the Machine off and stop it safely
  • Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely laden and unladen, over varying terrain, rough ground, inclines, in open and confined areas
  • Conduct all necessary Safety checks at the work area
  • Manoeuvre the machine to the work area and correctly Configure in readiness to Carry out lifting and Load handling tasks
  • Carry out lifting and Load handling tasks
  • Lift and transfer loads accurately and safely at different locations
  • Load and unload external transport safely
  • Fit, adjust and or remove attachments
  • Demonstrate Knowledge and understanding of loading and unloading procedures for machine transportation
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to lift and lower loads to 75% of total reach of machine
  • 3 x palletised loads (IBC containers or similar)
  • Lorry bed or flatbed trailer
  • Varying terrain and slopes
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Telescopic handler with pallet forks and any attachments
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed
  • In date thorough test examination report for the machine

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Lift and lower palletised loads to a range of hights (low level, eye level, high level)
  • Load pallets on to trailer or similar
  • Stack pallets on top of each other
  • Place pallets next to each other
  • Drive through chicane, forwards and in reverse
  • Drive over uneven and sloping terrain
  • Pass mark is less than 40 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed – time set by instructor, times 2, plus 10 minutes

On-site training courses delivered:

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Rough terrain telescopic handler, Telehandler, Pivot steer, Side mounted boom, 360° slew, ABA J2, J3, J4, J5, J6, J7, under 9metre lift, over 9 metre lift, Material handler, Teleporter, Lift truck,


JCB, Merlo, CAT, Bobcat, Manitou, Sanderson, Matbro,


Lifting loads, Pallets, Bulk material moving, Man platform, Bucket operations, Operate attachments

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