A guide to choosing the right telehandler training
Knowing which telehandler training
course to do, can save you a lot of time and money and make the booking process a lot easier. There are courses for different levels of experience and for different types of tele handler machine. For tele handler and other types of heavy machinery, the industry standard is known as The Construction Site Competency Scheme (CPCS).
Firstly, CPCS telehandler training
courses for the less experienced are known as red card courses. You can either choose from a novice red card course or an experienced worker red card course. The key difference between them is the amount of practical training on the telehandler they provider.
For example the experienced worker course includes only theory preparation and no practical training as it assumes a level of practical competence. However the novice red card course can be customised to contain from three to ten days training depending on the experience level of the candidate.
Once gained the red card qualifies candidates as trained operators and is valid for two years. It cannot be renewed, so operators wishing to continue to work with this category of plant need to progress onto the blue card in this time.
For more experienced workers, there is a blue card available. This is also known as the NVQ. Candidates need to have at least two years experience before they can complete a blue card as it contains no practical or theory training. It comprises of a NVQ assessment and the theory and practical test.
Before completing any CPCS telehandler training
, you must have a Construction Skills Competency Scheme Touch Screen Test that has been done in the last two years. This is very easy to do as there are locations throughout the UK, the test is short and should cost no more than £25.00.
Another aspect you need to be aware of when booking telehandler training
is that there are four different endorsements available. That means there is four different types of telehandler training you can do. The first one is endorsement A, Industrial Telescopic, the second is endorsement B, telescopic up to 9 meters, the third one is endorsement C : All sizes ex.360 slew and the forth one is endorsement D: all sizes inc 360 slew. Knowing which endorsement you need to get qualified in, can make all the difference in the booking process, so it is strongly advised that you research this with your employer beforehand.
Lastly, you can now locate and book telehandler training
online. This can make the process so much quicker and easier. As it is an on center category, you will need to travel to a trainer’s site, and an online service provider can locate the nearest one to your location. They can also provide you with dates and prices for you course, but remember the best way to pass is to have sufficient training and the more training you have, the higher the cost of the course.
Having less training can seem like a saving, but as you cannot progress to the practical test if you fail the theory and have to pay for them all again, it usually end up as a false economy.