Construction Card Courses

CPCS A17 Telescopic Handler

What is the course?

The course gives those attending a basic training and assessment in the operation and maintenance of telescopic handlers.

Course Content

  • Basic tasks with telescopic handlers
  • Evaluating load safety when lifting
  • Routine servicing and maintenance procedures
  • Load, size, weight, gradients and site conditions affects the stability of machinery
  • Maintenance requirements and operating the machinery fully
  • Loading, transporting and storing different materials
  • The basic construction of pallets

How is the Course Taught and Assessed?

People taking this course will learn through practical exercises and classroom-based tutorials. There are theory and practical tests.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is aimed at both current and potential operators of telescopic handlers who have had no formal training. It is also suitable for people who need refreshment to their existing certification.

The five specific subtypes that are available to candidates taking this course are:

  • A17A: Industrial Telescopic
  • A17B: Up to 9 metres
  • A17C: All sizes excluding 360-degree slew
  • A17D: All sizes including 360-degree slew
  • A17E: Suspended load (non-rough terrain)

The course length differs depending on the candidates' level of experience. The course length is five days for inexperienced candidates, four days for novice candidates and three days for experienced operatives.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

If you are successful, once you have completed the CPCS Technical Tests you will be awarded the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card. You will also be awarded the CITB National Construction College certificate.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test in the last two years. You must also have a good knowledge of both written and spoken English.

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