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NPORS Telescopic handler – suspended loads training – N138

NPORS suspended load training

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment; On-site Experience Worker Test (EWT) assessment onl

Novice training course duration:

1-2 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Up to 9 meters
All sizes excluding 360° slew
All sizes including 360° slew

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate; 2-year CSCS trained operator red card

Minimum age:



If required


Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is Telescopic handler – suspended loads?

Telescopic handlers can lift, and transport loads suspended from the head stock. This enables them to move objects around site to hard-to-reach places. This will be included in the NPORS Telescopic handler – suspended loads training – N138

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Telescopic handler – suspended loads training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Be able to conform to manufacturers requirements as per technical data, conform to relevant regulations and legislation
  • Be able to locate, identify and explain safe working loads, lifting capacity chart and explain How the manufacturer may reduce the lifting capacity when moving a suspended Load, different lifting configurations and working ranges
  • Identify and explain different lifting procedures, explain What task could fall into each category
  • Identify and explain centres of gravity and calculate estimated weights of loads
  • Identify any overhead / proximity hazards
  • Be able to agree the signal codes / hand signals, direction of movement, safe working and safe landing placement zone with the slinger / signaller
  • Ensure telescopic handler is in a safe condition and attachments fitted correctly
  • Checked Load integrity and security
  • Be able to Lift and move a Load to a designated position in a safe and controlled manner, ensuring minimum uncontrolled movement
  • Environmental considerations
  • Carry out all out of service and Securing procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate machine
  • 1 x bundled load
  • 1 x long load
  • 1 x load that is no more than 60% of the rate capacity, at 75% of its extended height and reach
  • Varying terrain and slopes
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Telescopic handler with suitable lifting 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, move and place loads under the direction of a slinger/signaller to a given position
  • Drive through chicane, forwards and in reverse
  • Drive over uneven and sloping terrain
  • Pass mark is less than 30 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed is 1 hours

Where are NPORS Telescopic handler – suspended loads 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, moving loads

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