Conduct Telescopic Materials Handler Operations

Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

Course Overview:

In NSW, a High Risk Work (HRW) Licence is not required to operate a Telehandler with fork attachments regardless of lifting capacity, however in accordance with the WHS Act and Regulations 2011 under Primary Duty of Care, a PCBU must provide information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

A Gold Card provides evidence of formal information and training for operators or telescopic material handlers.

Telehandlers can have various attachments such as: fork tynes, crane jib, bucket, basket or work platform.

Course Content

  • Site inspections and hazard identification/controls
  • How to work safely around power lines and understand wind conditions
  • Use of operations logbook
  • Use of stabilisers and attachments
  • Identify and understand safety decals, operators’ manuals and compliance plates
  • Conduct pre operational checks
  • Practical safe operation
  • Load charts and load management
  • Theory and practical assessment

Course Outcomes

This nationally recognised course covers theoretical and practical aspects of working using a telehandler

On conclusion of training, students who are deemed competent will receive a Statement of Attainment in RIIHAN309F Operate Telescopic Materials Handler recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. 

Applicants will also receive an  I.D. photo style Trained Operator Gold Card for the type of Telehandler and attachments you have been trained to use.  

Course Prerequisites

  • Participants must be over 18 years of age;
  • Must have GOOD English skills (be able to read, write, speak and understand technical concepts in English);
  • Be able to understand mathematical equations; and
  • Provide 100 points of Identification as per SafeWork NSW requirements. If a participant fails to bring 100 points of identification a re-booking fee of will be charged for assessment to be re-scheduled.


Course Details

These are a few details which will come in handy should you decide to proceed and enrol:

Training Location
To fulfill the in-person training requirements which require both practical demonstration and a written component, HRTA NSW has a purpose-built training ground in Ingleburn. This site offers all of the necessary venue requirements along with our qualified trainers and assessors.

Course Certification
On completion of the course, payment of fees, and when all requirements have been met, you will receive a Statement of Attainment issued by your registered training organisation.

Course Duration
This course can be completed in just one day – consisting of training and assessment

Please note: Telescopic Handlers with greater than three tonnes lifting capacity and a crane jib or work platform attachment, require a SafeWork NSW HRW licence to operate them, either CN or C2 as a minimum for crane attachments and work platform attachments require a WP HRW licence. These HRW licences are not provided in this Gold Card course, however, we would be happy to book you in the appropriate HRW course. Please ask us for more information.


at HRTA NSW only (GST Exempt)