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Telescopic handler: all sizes excluding 360 slew (experienced)


This standard is exclusively for use by Approved Training Organisations (ATOs). The purpose and scope of this standard is to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to support the operation of Telescopic handler: all sizes excluding 360 slew (experienced)


For learner - 14 hours to include at least 4 hours of individual practical engagement time with the machine

This time does not include assessment time.

Learners must cover all learning outcomes of the standard in full, the trainer must decide and be able to demonstrate and document their decisions for choosing the learners route based on their knowledge and skills through a documented profiling approach. Evidence of the profiling and decisions must be kept and made available on request.

Note: practical engagement time indicates the minimum number of hours throughout the course that each learner would spend doing practical training, this includes seat time and any associated practical checks of the machine e.g. pre-start checks.

Learners pre-requisites

The learner holds a current industry recognised red card within the plant category or has equivalent experience. The trainer must decide and be able to demonstrate a thorough initial assessment and document their decisions for choosing the experienced route based on the learners knowledge and skills through a documented profiling approach.


The purpose and scope of this standard is to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to support the following:

  • an understanding of the industry, how safe working can be established and their responsibilities as a telescopic handler operator
  • identify, extract and apply a range of information from manufacturers’ handbook and other relevant sources
  • be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine, including steering, braking and lifting controls and explain their functions
  • conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers’ and regulative requirements
  • configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely laden and unladen, over varying terrain, rough ground, inclines, in open and confined areas
  • manoeuvre the machine to the work area, conduct all necessary checks and correctly configure in readiness to carry out lifting and load handling tasks
  • lift and transfer a range of loads of various weights and sizes, accurately and safely at different locations
  • fitting and detaching a range of relevant attachments
  • explain loading and unloading procedures for machine transportation
  • carry out all shut down and isolation procedures

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft.


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:


  • Either of a/b
  1. Current card issued by one of the CSCS partner plant schemes at instructor/trainer/assessor level bearing the category of telescopic handler
  2. Current card issued by one of the CSCS partner plant schemes at operator level bearing the category of telescopic handler
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training or equivalent qualification listed in Appendix 3 of the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations
  • health and safety qualification at or equivalent to construction site management level, examples of which can be found in Appendix 6 of the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations
  • in addition to the required qualifications, the trainer must be able to demonstrate occupational experience of operating the telescopic handler relating to the training they are delivering. This can be demonstrated with a minimum of 2 years’ site experience.


  • SCQF Level 5/NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations in the specific category being trained
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


Training and assessment may be delivered in an on or off-site environment.

Where training and assessment takes place within a working construction site environment, training must be segregated from productive work within a prescribed training area, which has been risk assessed and has appropriate control measures in place as required by current legislation and regulations.

All equipment required for the training must be set aside specifically for the training session and be available for the entire training duration. Equipment is not to be shared with the working construction site.

Welfare facilities must be provided wherever training and assessment takes place, and this should meet relevant legislation.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for learners to achieve the learning outcomes delivery and assessment criteria, and must comply with relevant legislation, regulations and industry agreed requirements.

The class size and learner/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable learners to achieve the learning outcomes.

This must not exceed 3 learners: 1 trainer

Irrespective of the number of learners, effective learning must be maintained for all learners.

The following training delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • face to face learning environment (such as a classroom/workshop/site office) for theoretical learning and assessment
  • on or off the job site environment for practical learning and assessment
  • simulator for practical training

Note – if a simulator is used, it can only comprise of a total of 20% of overall practical training and must not be used in any assessment.

This standard is considered to contain 70% or more practical training.


For the successful completion of training, learners must complete an end of course practical assessment and knowledge test that has a clear pass or fail criteria as set out by the card scheme. The marking criteria must effectively measure every aspect of each learning outcome and additional guidance for training and assessment.

Assessment must adhere to all points on the CITB Requirements for Approved Training Organisations including Appendix 6 which provides further guidance for assessment.

Quality assurance

Recognised standard

CITB will gain assurance through the Recognised Organisations’ quality arrangements.

Approved Training Organisations’ will be required to supply confirmation of approval (centre approval and scheme approval) with the related Recognised Organisations’ awarding organisation or body. In most cases this will be an approval certificate provided by the Recognised Organisations’ awarding organisation or body, listing the routes, qualifications and categories they are approved to deliver. In addition, a copy of the most recent external quality assurance monitoring report will be required, relating to the standard that you wish to be approved for.

This information will be reviewed by CITB’s quality assurance team. Approval will be subject to the required Recognised Organisations’ documentation being supplied by you. As part of the quality assurance checks, CITB may confirm the accuracy of documentation with the issuing organisation.

Please refer to the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations Appendix 6 for further guidance on quality assurance.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refresher requirements for this standard.


Lifetime (Please note standards using this classification will only be grant aided once per learner)

Approval date

September 2022

Review cycle

On request or 5 years from approval date.

Learner outcomes

Including additional guidance to support training delivery and final assessment - Telescopic handler: all sizes excluding 360 slew (experienced) (PDF, 239kb)

Additional information about this standard

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


Health and Safety at Work Act 1974


The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015


Road Traffic Act 1988


Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)


A guide to workplace transport safety HSG 136 - HSE


Safety signs and signals. The Health and Safety Regulations 1996


The Work at Height Regulations 2005


The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997


Plant Safety Group - Safe Use of Telehandlers - Second Revision


HSE HSG 144 - Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites


HSE L117 – Rider operated Lift Trucks


Plant safety group - ground conditions for construction plant


Avoiding danger from overhead power lines (GS6)


Energy Networks Association – Lookout, lookup


Where EU legislation is listed this should be followed unless superseded by updated legislation, as result of (but not limited to) Brexit.