Telehandler Training | Edmonton | Fort McMurray

A telehandler training course in progress with people in PPE looking at a telehandler

Course Schedules:

Duration: Approx. 6-7 hours

Certificate: Valid 2 years

Telehandler Certification Course Description:

Telehandler training is developed to help operators learn about the different aspects of operating the equipment. Operators enrolled in this training course can expect to gain professional competency in telehandler operation. This training course ensures that operators gain a detailed understanding of the safety measures and functionality that are essential to operating a telehandler.

All You Need to Learn in One Training Course

All operators must have a proper telehandler certification or license before performing any tasks with the equipment on a job site. There is a requirement by law to comply with local regulations for operator training. The telehandler certification course is built as per the guidelines of the training standards. The course consists of two components of learning: theoretical and practical hands-on training.

We also offer this course in a blended format in which the operators can complete the theory part online before the practical training. The course will include a detailed discussion about the following topics:

Pre-operation Inspection
A thorough inspection of the machine before the operation is important to mitigate any risk of a potential hardware malfunction that could compromise the safety of the operator and other workers on the job site. Operators will be learning how to perform the pre-operation inspection using inspection checklists for the components that need to be regularly checked.

Workplace Hazard Assessment
Apart from inspecting the machine, operators also need to assess their job site for any hazards that could interfere with machine operation. Some examples of these hazards could be potholes, overhead obstructions, power lines, slippery or muddy surfaces, etc.

Reading the Load Chart
Telehandler training ensures the operators understand how the load-lifting mechanism of the telehandler works. Every telehandler must have a load chart in the cab for the operator to use for reference. Being able to read and understand the load chart is key to lift load efficiently and safely.

Understanding the Load Capacity
We know that reading and understanding the load chart is important but what does it indicate? Load charts depict the load capacity the telehandler can lift at a certain boom angle and extension. It is important to learn proper handling techniques to ensure the load is not at risk of falling over and causing injuries.

Stability Triangle
The stability triangle is where the center of gravity of the load and the telehandler lie to maintain balance and avoid tipping off incidents. To determine whether the load is within the stability triangle, the operator needs to ensure the following:

    • The chassis is levelled with the ground surface before lifting the load.
    • Not to use the sway feature when the load is elevated.
    • For transporting the load, the boom is kept low. The speed at which the telehandler is moving is always under control.

Operator Controls in the Cab
Once the trainees have established a good foundation of the machine principles and pre-operation routine, they will learn about the controls inside the cab for driving the telehandler and controlling the boom. This will include topics such as:

    • Different steering modes; two-wheel, four-wheel and crab steer.
    • Loading and Unloading techniques.
    • Shutting down and parking best practices.
    • Hydraulic dangers and understanding the warning lights.

Get in touch with one of our training experts for more information on telehandler training courses and the available class schedules.


Knowledge testing and a written exam. During the practical test, participants must demonstrate the proper use of telescopic forklifts learned throughout the course.

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