Telehandler – Operation & Safety

8 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Edumine Courses

27 May 2021



A telescopic handler, also known as a telehandler or rough terrain forklift, can be challenging to operate. As its boom and load extends farther from the operator's compartment, this type of machine can become very unstable. Extending the loaded boom also decreases the machine's lifting capacity. On top of these factors, telehandlers often work on uneven ground, which can contribute to instability. That is why it is critical that telehandler operators are trained in the safe, productive operation of these versatile machines. It can also go by the name of teleporter, reach forklift, or boom lift. It is often used in the construction industry for lifting pallets and moving heavy loads to high areas.

During this course, we will discuss the telehandler and the important role it plays on the jobsite. And, we will provide you with the knowledge to help reduce operating and maintenance costs.



Vista Training

Duration: 2 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Operations
Level: Specialize
Version:  v3.1.1H5

Overall Course Specifications:

Estimated length of training program: 1 – 2 hours + final test

Number of test questions: 20

Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes

Final Exam Feedback report: Yes


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the role a telehandler on a job site
  • Learn how to protect the safety of yourself and others while operating the machine
  • Identify components and controls
  • Learn how to complete a pre-use and post-use inspection
  • Learn the basics of operating a telehandler, including how to start up and shut down the machine


Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Discussion of the importance of reading the operator’s manual
  • Overview of the telehandler’s safety notices

Lesson 2: Safety

  • Discussion of operator safety
  • Discussion of refueling procedure
  • Discussion of proper mounting and dismounting of the machine
  • Discussion of the importance of knowing weather considerations and environmental hazards
  • Discussion of what to do in the event of a rollover


Lesson 3: Components

  • Description of telehandler components
  • Description of telehandler controls
  • Discussion of instrumentation and gauges


Lesson 4: Pre-use Inspection

  • Discussion of the importance of a pre-use inspection
  • Description of how to conduct a proper pre-use inspection of the machine
  • Description of function testing

Lesson 5: Operation

  • Discussion of center of gravity and stability factors
  • Discussion of operation with and without outriggers
  • Discussion of capacity charts
  • Discussion of loading charts
  • Description of lifting loads
  • Discussion of the effects of momentum
  • Discussion of working with attachments
  • Description of moving loads

Lesson 6: Start Up and Shut Down

  • Description of start-up, parking, and shut-down procedures

Final Exam – 20 question exam with incorrect response feedback

Recommended Background

Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.

  • Recommended prerequisite courses:
    • Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety 
    • Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection

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