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Telehandler Training
Industrial & Plant

Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)

Training Delivery
On-site (Nationwide)

Training Centre

Courses Available
Telehandler up to 9 metre lift

Telehandler over 9 metre lift

Training is available to



Duration, Learners and Assessment
Training Duration

1-5 Days


3 Maximum

Theory Assessment

Practical Assessment

Course Handout
Training Manual and User Guidance

Certificates & Registration
Registration Fee Per Person (Paid directly to ITSSAR)

£8.00 + VAT

Photo ID Card (750gsm)


HSE Compliance
PUWER 1998

LOLER 1998

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Telehandler Training
Industrial & Plant

Course Type / Short Course

Didac provides Telehandler training courses to customers on their own site, throughout the UK.

Training is ITSSAR accredited, delivering practical skills and theoretical knowledge allowing candidates to operate in compliance with HSE requirements. 

Course duration is dependent upon learner numbers and candidate experience. Customers should enquire to discuss their exact requirements.

Successful candidates are awarded a photo ID card and certificate.

The client is required to supply the Telehandler , all PPE and equipment for training.

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Training syllabus

  • Responsibility of the operator
  • Operational Safety Code
  • Site Safety
  • Risk Assessment
  • Simple Manoeuvring
  • Advanced Manoeuvring
  • Basic Hydraulic & Electrical systems
  • Daily Safety Checks & Maintenance
  • Refuelling / Recharging
  • Stacking & De-stacking (Free & Racking)
  • Practical Examinations
  • Vehicle Loading (where applicable)

Additional benefits

  • Incorporate your company’s risk assessments
  • Soft copies of all course paperwork are available to employers on completion of training
  • Successful candidates receive a temporary pass notification form on the day as evidence of training

Group J – I.C.E driven

What is this?

J2 Rider Rough Terrain variable reach (telescopic) lift trucks up to 9m lift
J3 Rider Rough Terrain variable reach (telescopic) lift trucks over 9m lift

Does my Forklift certificate cover me to operate a Telehandler?

Not necessarily.

Although Telehandler is a type of Forklift, you need to receive training for each type of Forklift Truck that you want to operate i.e. Counterbalance, Reach Truck, Sideloader etc.

These are often separated into categories such as size, weight or lifting height which can restrict what you can and cannot operate.

You should refer to the BITA List to establish what your Forklift training certificate permits.

Is there a minimum age requirement for completing Telescopic Handler training?


Lift Truck operators in the UK must be over the minimum school leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old). Telehandlers fall under the classification of a Lift Truck.

With the exception of Lift Truck operators, there is no minimum age outlined in any UK legislation for operators of other plant machinery.

You can find out more here: HSE Workplace Transport FAQ

Is there an upper age limit for completing Telescopic Handler training?


Do I receive a Telehandler licence when I complete this training?

There is no such thing as a licence as such, for any piece of plant machinery in the UK.

The term ‘licence’ suggests a document issued from a governmental or other constituted authority to operate a Telehandler. No such authority exists; there are only accrediting bodies and training providers who operate independently of the HSE or any other government organisation.

Successful candidates do receive a Telehandler certificate and photo ID card, sometimes referred to as a Telehandler ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the Telehandler certification.

Can I use this training to drive a Telehandler on the public highway?

To operate a Telehandler, whether on the public highway or not, the operator should be properly trained and certified.

Public highways in the UK are governed by the DVLA; the same rules apply for operating plant machinery on the road as with operating a different type of motor vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be properly taxed.
  • A valid insurance policy must be held.
  • The driver must hold a valid road driving licence.

Telescopic Handler training achieves a nationally recognised qualification accredited to ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register) which meets Health and Safety requirements for Telescopic Forklift training. Successful candidates on the Telehandler course achieve a Telehandler licence in the form of a photo ID card and Telehandler certificate.

A Telehandler license does not technically have an expiry date, subsequently a Telescopic Forklift licence issued by Didac will not include an expiry date. The Health and Safety Executive website states that workplace transport personnel should refresh their Telehandler ticket every 3 to 5 years.

Telehandler training course candidates will undertake both practical and theoretical assessments to determine competence. Practical Telehandler training will include instructor demonstrations and learner exercises to develop competency of operators. Clients should make manufacturer instructions for the vehicle available to the instructor for Telehandler courses.

The ITSSAR Telescopic Handler course can be delivered in a working environment. Didac trainer assessors will incorporate practical tasks into Telehandler training courses. Candidates are able to undertake a Telescopic Forklift course and achieve Telehandler certification doing jobs they are required to complete in their normal working day.

Telescopic Handler training cost depends on where the training is delivered as Didac are only able to offer Telescopic Forklift driver training on client premises.

On-site Telehandler training, UK wide

Didac deliver on-site Telescopic Handler training and other plant courses to any location across the UK.

Some recent on-site training locations include:

  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Dorset
  • Gloucester
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln
  • London
  • Newport
  • Nottingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Swindon
  • Yorkshire

Overseas Work

Didac will always consider work overseas.

Contact us about our overseas work policy.

The defining feature of this Lift Truck and the feature from which it derives its name is the telescopic boom. The boom may extend beyond 9 metres allowing the Telehandler to position loads in places inaccessible to other Forklift types.

As the boom extension increases, so the load capacity must be reduced else the Telehandler will destabilise. Telehandlers are often fitted with heavy-duty stabilisers for increased safety when making use of the booms telescopic capability.

Telehandlers are less suited to warehouse work and more commonly found in the construction or agriculture industries. Technically classified as a rough terrain vehicle, they bear large off road tyres and a four wheel drive traction system. Telehandlers may feature an optional all wheel steer mode for tighter turning circles or crab steer mode. In crab steer mode, all four wheels are angled in series ie. they all point in the same direction, allowing for a diagonal crab like motion of up to 45 degrees.

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