Telescopic Handler Forklifts are commonly used in the construction industry, as well as within warehouses and agricultural jobs. Learning how to operate one is a great way to improve your career prospects and grow your skillset.
How do I become a Telescopic Forklift Driver?
Becoming a Telescopic Forklift Driver requires specialised training and accreditation. This demonstrates that you understand how to operate the machinery safely and effectively. Accreditation is a legal requirement for anyone operating telescopic forklift equipment.
What qualifications do I need to drive a Telehandler?
There are two ways to get the qualifications needed to safely operate a Telescopic Forklift. These are:
The NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) was founded in 1992 and has grown to become one of the UK’s foremost registration and accreditation bodies across industries such as construction, warehousing, and distribution.
The CPCS meanwhile (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) is one of the most significant card schemes in the construction industry. It is generally accepted across the nation and allows beginners to start their training as an operator.
CPCS training and NPORS training offer differing routes to achieving the same goal: experience and expertise in handling a complex piece of machinery.
Do I need any qualifications to join the training?
To take part in the NPORS training course, attendees need to have first passed the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Construction Skills Health & Safety Test within a two-year timeframe.
What does Telescopic Forklift training involve?
Telescopic Forklift training helps people get to grips with the skills they need to operate this complex piece of equipment.
Courses are generally for people with limited (or no) prior experience operating Telescopic Forklifts, as well as more experienced operators who need help refreshing their skills.
There are a few key areas that all training covers:
- Getting to know the equipment – essential for safety and familiarity
- Learning safety procedures – vital for operators of all experience levels
- Understanding regulation – crucial to ensure the legal operation of a Telescopic Forklift
Understanding how the equipment works helps lay the foundations for an effective training course. Telescopic Forklifts are in widespread use, but they are also complicated to operate and pose a health and safety risk if used incorrectly.
Training programmes explain the basic structure of the forklift and its capabilities.
They also ensure operators understand the importance of safety when using one. This is a very important part of the training process, helping to eliminate potential hazards and prevent accidents. Trainees need to have a good understanding of threats so that they can assess the situation and remedy it as needed.
One of the key lessons is to carry out checks on the machinery before it is used, as well as ensuring the Telescopic Forklift is operated at the correct speed.
Lastly, training in Telescopic Forklift usage includes a closer look at the regulatory side of operating the machinery, including educating trainees on how to stay on the right side of the law.
Courses generally include a combination of practical and theoretical modules, ensuring trainees have all the skills and knowledge they need to operate a forklift safely.
How long does accreditation last?
After completion, people who take either CPCS or NPORS training courses will be able to prove their understanding and skills in operating a Telescopic Forklift.
This accreditation is generally valid for three years after taking the course and includes a Red Trained Operator card, which can be upgraded to a Blue Competent Operator card if further training is completed within the three-year window.
How much is a Telehandler course in the UK?
The cost of training varies depending on the length and complexity of the course. There are also different prices for the CPCS and NPORS courses. To find out more and help select the right course for your requirements and career, get in touch with BAMCT.
If gaining the qualification for a specific job role, check with your employer which course they prefer before enrolment.
How long does it take to get a Telehandler license?
It is possible to achieve a basic license in just one day, though our CPCS training offers either a five-day Foundation course or a two-day Experienced Worker course. At BAM, we are a fully accredited centre of training, ensuring our students receive only the highest level of training.
We can provide training both at our centres or on-site, ensuring absolute convenience for our customers.
Contact the team to find out more.