Forklift Truck Training

Telescopic Handler/Telehandler


A telehandler, also called a telescopic handler, teleporter, or boom lift, is similar to a forklift, but has a boom, which makes it more like a crane than a forklift. The increased versatility of a single telescopic or articulating boom can extend forward and upwards from the vehicle. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments. Telehandlers are usually mounted on a four-wheel drive chassis and equipped with a telescopic boom that can provide lift heights to 50 feet or more.

Telehandlers are widely used in the agriculture and construction industry. Most are fitted with pallet forks for lifting materials. The range of attachments used will depend upon the design of the particular telehandler.

The most popular attachments for a telehandler are:
Fork tines
Earth moving bucket
Work platform
Lifting jib

Course Content

Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98
Operators Safety code
Re-fuelling Diesel Telehandler truck
Pre-use checks
Factors affecting stability
Motive and hydraulic controls
Manoeuvring the Telehandler Truck in open and confined areas
Working at different levels

Course Assessment

Theoretical assessment of 5 open and 20 multiple choice questions, which can be conducted orally where literacy difficulties exist.
Practical Test of basic operating skills, confirming skills taught on the Telehandler training course.


Valid for 3 years