Transform Training offers telescopic handler training and issues successful students with a notice of satisfactory assessment (and Gold Card) for the TSHA Gold Card Program.

What training do I need?

As a telehandler can be used for a variety of tasks and applications with different attachments there is a lot of confusion and misinformation as to what type of training or licensing is required, if any.

Telescopic Handler with a Crane Jib

The WHS/OHS regulators in each state have generally agreed that a telescopic will fall under the high-risk work (HRW) licence category of either non-slewing or slewing mobile crane if they have a lifting capacity greater than 3 tonnes and are fitted with a crane jib lifting attachment (please see our High-Risk Work Licensing courses for more info on our non-slewing crane course).

Telescopic Handler with a work platform

If the telescopic handler has a work platform attachment and a boom length longer than 11m, then a WP class HRW licence must also be held by the operator, as well as the necessary telescopic handler training stated in (please see our High-Risk Work Licensing courses for info on our WP course).


If the telehandler does not fall under the HRW licencing requirements stated above, you still need training to operate a telescopic handler.

This is because all states/territories except WA and Vic (see Worksafe WA and Vic for details) now have uniform Workplace Health
and Safety laws and regulations in place that place a duty of care on a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to ensure workplace safety. This duty of care includes:

  • A PCBU has the primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of workers while they are at work in the business or undertaking.
  • A PCBU is also responsible for ensuring work being carried out does not entail undue risk to the health and safety of others.

This means the PCBU must:

  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment, safe plant and structures;
  • Provide and maintain safe systems of work;
  • Ensure the safe use, handling and storage of plant, structures and substances;
  • Provide instruction, training, information and supervision; and
  • Monitor the health of workers and conditions at the workplace.

A PCBU will need to show some form of proof that the operator has been instructed on the safe use of a telescopic handler. Verbal instruction is not an effective method of training as it lacks proof of training evidence.

The Gold Card training program has been developed by the Telescopic Handler Association (TSHA) as a means of helping industry to comply with the WHS Act.


Do you already have many of the skills that are being taught in this course? Transform Training recognises existing skills and prior learning through our Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Program, because there is no need to learn what you already know. Talk to our staff about RPL today.


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