Telehandler Operator Certification

The telehandler is categorised into two types, non-slewing or slewing fitted with or without stabilisers. This course covers the safe operation of a telehandler by undertaking pre operational checks, hazard identification, wearing correct PPE, communicating and parking and shutting down a telehandler.


Telehandler operator certification will be awarded to students who achieve a minimum of 80% pass in both theory and practical components. Students who have met all unit standard requirements will be awarded US10851 if requested at time of enrolment.

Unit Standard: 10851 L3 C7 V4

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Health and safety legislative requirements.
  • Operating parameters.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Consumable replacing procedures.
  • Fault reporting.
  • Pre-operational inspections.
  • Manoeuvres with un-laden telehandler.
  • Stacking, de-stacking and moving loads.
  • Use of warning devices and signals fitted.
  • Safety requirements while completing operations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a telehandler.
  • Perform a pre-operational inspection and start up procedure for a telehandler.
  • Demonstrate practical telehandler skills.
  • Park and shut down a telehandler.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical training and assessment.

Course Prerequisites

Some telehandler operator experience is essential.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. Assessment involves operating a telehandler with forks.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every three years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Covered-in safety footwear.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for classroom situation.

Special Notes

This course alone does not allow students to obtain certification or unit standard proficiency for driving on a road. Please contact us for more information.

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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$345 plus GST. for the full course, Refresher $215 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

There isn’t much that Bob can’t drive or operate.  Bob is a MITO, and Connexis registered assessor, a Competenz registered Forklift Trainer and an NZTA approved assessor.  Bob started his career as a Driver/Operator within the Transport and Building Industries and has spent the last 20 years training people on safe driving and operating equipment.  He believes in giving the right information to the candidate so that they can make the right decisions out there in the workplace, that teaching the safe use of heavy machinery includes a strong approach to forming a safety culture at their workplace so that the operator goes home safe every day.


Course was well run and informative.

New World Hawera

Great tutor, knows his stuff.


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