Category endorsements

  • A17c: All sizes excluding the 360 slew

Course aims

The aim of the course is to give foundation training and assessment towards the achievement of a Construction Plant Competence Scheme Trained Operator Card.

This is the qualification you will need to be allowed to work on 90% of Major Contractor Sites.

Who should attend this course?

Potential and existing operators who have received no formal instruction and those requiring refresher training.

Course content

  • How to use the operator’s manual.
  • Hazard recognition and awareness.
  • How to place a Telehandler in and out of service condition.
  • How to manoeuvre a Telehandler in confined spaces with and without loads.
  • How to drive on slopes laden and unladen.
  • How to position the Telehandler to lift and move different types of loads.
  • Theory test tuition.


At the end of the course and with experience the Telescopic Handler Operator will be able to:

  • Confirm with Manufacturer’s requirements as per the operators handbook,  other types of  information source and the relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Undertake all pre-use checks.
  • Configure and ready for travel (site and highway).
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces – loaded and unloaded.
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces (with and without loads).
  • Configure and set for lifting and transferring duties.
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
  • Lift and remove various loads up to full extension and working height of the telescopic handler.
  • Transfer and place loads accurately at given locations.
  • Place and remove loads from a vehicle.
  • Maintain safe working situations.
  • Maintain safe and tidy working areas.
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures.

Course duration

The course duration is 4 days.

Training methods

A balance between practical exercises and classroom based tutorials.

CPCS technical tests

At the end of your course you are required to take the CPCS technical tests.  The CPCS technical test consists of a Theory and Practical Test.  The Theory test will be recorded and the Practical test may be videoed. The Theory test must be achieved to enable you to take the practical test.

What qualification do I get?

The CPCS Red Trained Operator Card which is valid for 2 years.

What can I do next?

Progress to the CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card which is obtained by demonstrating knowledge and competence through completion of a Level 2 NVQ in Plant Operations.


A valid CSCS Health, Safety and Environment Operatives test must be held (the test is considered valid if it is was taken within 2 years of the CPCS technical  test(s) date). If your test is invalid you will be required to sit the Health, Safety and Environment Operatives test prior to attending the course. You can book your test by visiting the CSCS website.

Please note: The date on your CSCS card (if applicable) and your actual test date can differ greatly, therefore it is important that you do not make the common mistake of estimating your actual test date by your CSCS card expiry date. If you are unsure of your CSCS status, please contact us and we will be able to check this for.

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