This nationally accredited telescopic materials handler operations course is designed for those in the resources and infrastructure industries. It includes teaching learners how to plan and prepare; conduct machine pre-operational checks; operate the telescopic materials handler; attach, secure, lift, carry and place materials; select, remove and fit attachments; relocate the telescopic materials handler; carry out machine operator maintenance; and clean up.

Basic verbal and written English communication skills sufficient to read material and understand instruction. Where necessary theory assessment can be answered verbally.

Typically the training and assessment is competency-based and is a 1 day course.
Please Note-Total time is dependent on competency of each individual.

Training and assessment is both practical and theory based and delivery.

FULL COURSE TRAINING– Practical and theory training based on theory concepts and set tasks that need to be completed. The learner is then given a theory and a practical assessment.
Designed for all types of learners giving them access to the equipment and skills required to be competent in the practical skills and knowledge of working at heights in a very focused one on one environment.

Step 1-Completion of theory training and equipment familiarization
Step 2– Learner completes practical training in a structured learning environment in a small group.
Step 3– Learner completes a final theory and practical based assessment and is issued a Statement of attainment and a proof of training card.

SITE AUTHORISATION RPL Turn your mine site authorisations into civil or mine recognised qualifications for use in other employment. Contact the office for further information.


1. Plan and prepare for telescopic materials handler operations

1.1 Access, interpret and apply telescopic materials handler documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant
1.2 Obtain, read, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements
1.3 Identify and address potential risks, hazards and environmental issues, and implement control measures
1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate for work activities
1.5 Identify, obtain and apply signage requirements
1.6 Select plant, tools and equipment, check for serviceability/faults and rectify or report verbally or in writing

2. Conduct telescopic materials handler pre-operational checks

2.1 Perform pre-start, start-up, park-up and shutdown procedures
2.2 Check telescopic materials handler controls, brakes, attachments and other implements for manoeuvrability and serviceability and ensure faults are rectified or reported

3. Operate telescopic materials handler

3.1 Assess site and operating hazards and apply safe operating techniques
3.2 Operate telescopic materials handler

4. Attach, secure, lift, carry and place materials

4.1 Use load handling communication methods with all parties
4.2 Communicate with Dogman to establish the weight of the load
4.3 Communicate with Dogman to ensure safe working load requirements have been assessed and appropriate slings and lifting gear has been selected, attached and secured
4.4 Locate machinery and ensure stability
4.5 Shift the load
4.6 Use conventional hand and audible signals during the operation

5. Select, remove and fit attachments

5.1 Select attachment for the task
5.2 Move and fit attachment
5.3 Test and confirm correct fitting and operation
5.4 Use attachment per manufacturer s recommendations and design limits
5.5 Remove, clean and store attachment

6. Relocate the telescopic materials handler

6.1 Prepare machine and equipment for relocation
6.2 Transport machine and equipment safely between worksites, observing relevant codes and traffic management requirements

7. Carry out machine operator maintenance

7.1 Park and prepare telescopic materials handler for maintenance and shut down
7.2 Conduct inspection and fault finding
7.3 Perform scheduled operator maintenance
7.4 Process written records

8. Conduct housekeeping activities

8.1 Clean-up work area and dispose of or recycle materials
8.2 Clean, check, maintain and store plant, tools and equipment

  • Basic Knowledge of the Telescopic Handler
  • How to assess and secure equipment and the work area (routine checks, plan work)
  • How to operate the
  • Maintenance of the Telescopic Handler
  • Carry out pre and post-operational procedures
  • Apply a working knowledge of OHS & regulatory requirements

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