Telescopic Material Handler Training – What you need to know

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A telescopic material handler, also called a telehandler, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry.

Normally used by farmers, the rough terrain telescopic material handler is capable of travelling over off-road terrain and is widely used for moving materials and goods.

More versatile than a forklift truck due to its upwards and forwards reach ability, some machines are also fitted with stabilisers to increase their lifting capacity, however, without the right training they can be particularly dangerous in the workplace.

As per the HSE Approved Code of Practice, telescopic material handlers should only be driven by authorised, trained and competent people who have completed the appropriate training and testing. To meet this requirement, Lantra offer a range of high quality industrial telescopic material handler and rough terrain telescopic handler courses.

Lantra’s courses will provide an operator with the essential knowledge and skills required to operate a telescopic material handler, all you need to decide is which one is most suitable for you - the Lantra Awards Technical Award in Lift Truck Operations: Rough Terrain Telescopic Material Handler (Pallet and Bulk - With or Without Stabilisers) or Lantra Awards Technical Award in Lift Truck Operations: Industrial Telescopic Material Handler (Pallet and Bulk).

The courses are designed for anyone who uses or will be using a telescopic material handler in either the land-based or construction industry, allowing them to gain an industry recognised certificate.

These assessed training courses covers areas such as controls and instruments, starting, moving, stopping and steering the truck, operation of hydraulic controls, pre-use inspection, weight assessment, handling pallets, containers, bulk packs and other industry associated loads, driving on/off ramps and inclines, driving over rough terrain, loading and unloading, stacking and de-stacking – free standing and in racking to and from scaffolding, towers or platforms, plus lift truck stability, the operators’ safety code and the principles of operating on rough terrain. The training includes theory and practical activities during the day.

To find a Lantra provider offering this training, visit, contact the Northern Ireland office on or phone Paula Smyth on 07867 908 171.