Tips for booking telescopic handler training
Tip one: Have a CSCS TST
The first way of making life easier when booking a telescopic handler training
course is to make sure that you have your Construction Site Competency Scheme Touch Screen Test (TST) and that it is in date!
Now lots of candidates think that because the TST is valid for five years in relation to gaining access to site, they will be ok. But one of the quirks of the CPCS scheme is that your CSCS TST need to be no older than two years! Don’t get caught out on this as you cannot take your CPCS theory of practical test without it! Luckily the CSCS TST are quick, cheap and easy to get as there are site all over the UK, that offer them. Contact the CSCS directly to book.
Tip two: Be realistic about your level of experience
One of the most important issues when booking a telescopic handler training
course, is that you are realistic about the amount of experience you have and the level of your confidence. This is because the courses offered are graduated in terms of experience, with those candidates who have less experience being advised to take courses with both practical and theory preparation, before the CPCS test.
Some candidates try to save money by only booking little or no preparation, when they do not have enough experience. This is a false economy, as the amount of experience you can get beforehand, really can make all the difference to pass or fail grade! You would not attend a normal driving test, without having ever been in a car, the telescopic handler training
course is no different! Very simply, those with little or no training should do a novice red card course as it includes practical and theory training.
Candidates with some experience, but in need of some theory preparation, should do an experienced worker red card as this includes theory training.
Red cards are vaild for two years and candidates are expected to move onto the blue card in this time. Red cards cannot be renewed.
Candidates with over two years experience and who feel confident in practical and theory aspects can do a blue card and an NVQ, which will qualify them as a competent operator. Blue cards can be kept in dates with log book hours and a valid CSCS TSTS.
Tip three: Know which endorsement you need
There are four endorsements available for the telescopic handler training
. If you can find out which one you need before you book your training, you will be able to get an accurate costing more quickly. The endorsements are A: Industrial Telescopic, B: Up to 9 Meters, C: All sizes ex 360 slew and D: All sizes including 360 slew.
Tip four: Book Online
The last and most important tip when booking telescopic handler training
is that you can save yourself money by booking online. This is because online service providers can quickly compare costs, locations and the availability of courses, meaning that you can be sure of the best deal.