Nationally Recognised Training

Telehandler (Gold Card)

RIIHAN309E Conduct Telescopic Materials Handler Operations


Course Delivery

FACE TO FACE - at our site in Wetherill Park (see our course calendar for scheduled dates)

FACE TO FACE - at your site (providing you have adequate training areas, resources and participants)

Course Duration

6-8 hours*
PLEASE NOTE: *Course duration may vary based on training group size, prior experience (if any) and the number of attachments you are being trained on. 

Course Cost

$495 per person (GST free)

This course can be delivered at our site or yours.

For courses conducted at our site, we will supply the Telehandler equipment (including fork tyne and crane jib attachments), and there is no minimum number of participants required to join a public course. See below for scheduled course dates and Other Important Information.

For courses delivered at your site, you must supply the Telehandler equipment (and attachments you wish to be trained on) and a minimum of 4 participants is required.

Course Prerequisites

Participants must be over 18 years of age, be able to speak and understand English; understand technical concepts; and provide suitable identification. A forklift licence [LF] is desirable, but not essential.

Please note: Telescopic Handlers with greater than three tonnes lifting capacity and fitted with a crane jib attachment, require a High Risk Work licence to operate them in most states (Class CN, C2 or above). This course does not cover High Risk Work licensing. If you require a HRW licence to operate your telehandler combination, please advise us so we can book you into the appropriate course.

Course Overview

A telescopic materials handler or telehandler, is a mobile all terrain multi-purpose machine fitted with a variable height/reach telescopic boom and a lifting attachment. The most common attachment are forks, but telehandlers can be fitted with a variety of attachments for different types of loads.

Some other attachment types available are:

  • Work Platforms
  • Earth moving buckets
  • Crane/Lifting Jibs

In NSW, a High Risk Work (HRW) Licence is not required to operate a Telehandler with fork attachments regardless of lifting capacity*, however in accordance with the WHS Act and Regulations 2011 under Primary Duty of Care, a PCBU must provide information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking. A Gold Card provides evidence of formal information and training for operators of telescopic material handlers.

Course Content

This course covers all aspects of operating a telescopic materials handler:

  • Planning and preparing for operations.
  • Conducting pre-operational checks.
  • Operating the telehandler.
  • Attaching, securing, lifting, carrying and placing materials and loads.
  • Selecting, fitting and removing attachments.
  • Relocating the telescopic material handler from one site to another.
  • Machine maintenance and cleaning.

Who should do this course?

The information in this course is appropriate for people operating telescopic materials handlers at worksites in:

  • General and civil construction – all fields.
  • Surface Mining, drilling and extractive industries.
  • Transport/warehousing/logistics and waste recycling/recovery.

Course Outcomes

Participants successfully meeting the assessment criteria will be issued a Statement of Attainment in RIIHAN309E Conduct Telescopic Materials Handler Operations and a Telescopic Handler Association (TSHA) Trained Operator Gold Card for the type of Telehandler and attachments you have been trained in the use of.

Other Important Information:

This course is only conducted in English, no interpreters or translators are permitted.


Participants MUST wear their current work uniform or neat casual clothes suitable to a warehouse or construction environment and must also wear or bring STEEL CAP/SAFETY BOOTS OR SHOES (Entry to premises will not be allowed if you fail to bring/wear steel caps)

Participants may also bring their own hi-vis vest and hard hat if they have these items, otherwise Cobra will supply loan items for the course duration.

We provide filtered water, tea, coffee & biscuits during the course, however lunch is NOT included so you will need to BRING or BUY your own lunch from nearby shops. We do have a lunch truck that visits our site at 11.50am each day and we have a few fridges where lunch can be stored.

Should you have any other questions regarding course requirements, please contact us via phone 1300 26 27 21 or email: 

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