Telehandler Training in Bedfordshire

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Telehandler training courses are vital for anybody who wants to use telehandlers for any kind of project, whether that is basic construction work or to retrieve loads in a warehouse.

Like many machines, telehandlers can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Understanding even the basics of start and running checks can save dozens of lives every year, and knowledge is one of the best ways to ensure that you are using a tool to its fullest potential.

We can offer a range of telehandler training courses, all geared towards helping a new telehandler operator understand their equipment and use it safely.

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What is Telehandler Training?

Telescopic handler training is exactly what it sounds like - training to use a telescopic handler machine correctly. Also known as a "lift" or by various other names, a telehandler can take a lot of skill to operate, and that means that knowledge is the biggest barrier to their safe usage.

Why Train With Us?

We can provide a long list of different telehandler training options, as well as additional training materials and courses as needed. We work to provide practical test options whenever possible, making sure that we can offer the right courses to help new a telehandler operator learn what they need to know.


We have a lot of experience in running these training courses and understand how to prepare students for the tests that they need to pass. We can supply all of the training materials necessary to see success.


We offer training courses from major organisations, all of which provide their own high-quality test options to ensure that the employees taking them get the information they need.

Course Variety

Our range of telehandler training courses means that we can offer multiple course types to telehandler operators that require something specialised, such as dedicated health & safety training.

In-Depth Details

Our training courses are designed to be in-depth, and we only offer telehandler training courses that we know will benefit the people taking them. This means that we do not overload our courses with meaningless or niche information that has no practical use.

Experienced Telehandler Training Company

As an experienced telehandler training company, we understand what these courses need to offer a potential operator. We work hard to provide the best telehandler training courses available, ensuring that each person who takes one is going to walk away with knowledge that they can use.

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Telehandler Training Cost

The cost of telehandler training depends on the particular training courses that you are taking. We provide a range of course options, allowing you to choose the most appropriate telehandler training course for your needs.

Telehandler Training Benefits

Taking a telehandler training course can offer a range of core benefits that make them incredibly worthwhile, whether you are a hands-on telehandler operator or managing a warehouse.

Health & Safety

The right telehandler training course can provide you with a range of safety expertise, making it even easier to tackle a variety of health and safety risks on a worksite.

Core Telehandler Skills

Like basic construction and management skills, improving your telehandler management through a telehandler training course can be a great way to learn some important skills that apply to a number of different roles.

Machine Inspection

Knowledge of how to inspect a telehandler can be invaluable, making it much easier to safely operate the machine and perform maintenance when necessary. This is not something that most people get to practice often, which can make it harder to service the machine if it breaks down.

Securing Procedures

Knowing the telehandler securing procedures can be important for moving various loads around any space. Knowing how a load interacts with the lift mechanism and how to secure the loads to lift them safely can make a big difference.

Machine Preparation

Training can also enable you to practice the way you prepare the machine for handling various loads, including start and running checks. This can be a small but useful addition to your existing skills, making it easier to use the machine on your own terms without needing a specific person's help.

Telehandler Knowledge

The more knowledge you can gather about using telehandlers, the easier it becomes to use a telescopic handler in general. This also makes it much easier to provide telehandler training advice to any new telescopic handler operators that you happen to end up working with.

Practical Tests

Practical tests make it easy to train yourself on how to safely operate a telescopic handler, using the telehandler course as a safe place to get to grips with the machine. This can minimise potential health and safety issues while providing you with more skills for your portfolio.

Environment Tests

Some telehandler training course options also focus on a doing an environment test, allowing you to perform a theory or practical test under a range of conditions. This can help you learn how to safely operate a telescopic handler on rough terrain, under heavy rain, or when potential health hazards are involved in the load.


Completing a telehandler training course - especially a telehandler health and safety course - can open up more opportunities for you. They also mark a point where your knowledge of using a telehandler has become even more valuable.


On successful completion, many telehandler training courses provide certifications and other documents worth retaining. These, like the CPCS Trained Operator Card and Competent Operator Card, mark the successful completion of your training and can make your skills more desirable in a range of roles.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a telehandler course take?

A telehandler course can usually be completed in about a week, often less than that. This depends on the kind of telehandler course, as well as whether or not the person taking the course has actually used a telehandler before.

What qualifications do I need to drive a telehandler?

Driving a telehandler on the road requires a category B car driving license. However, using a telehandler on a worksite only requires that you are trained in its operation. Technically, this restriction is not there for simply driving the telescopic handler across the site, but it is best to have at least basic training.

How much is a telehandler course UK?

A UK telehandler course can cost a varying amount depending on where you are getting it from and whether it is your first course or a refresher course. Your previous telehandler experience may also factor into this.

In general, expect around £300 per day for the course, not including the machine hire costs (if necessary). However, this is only an estimate - going forward, it can be hard to tell how much a course will cost until you actually ask an expert for a price check.

What training is required for a telehandler?

A telehandler training course is almost essential to prepare you for using a telehandler. A basic accredited telehandler training course is often enough proving that you understand how to safely operate the machine, store and retrieve loads, and the proper securing procedures for various loads.

While not always required, they can still be the essential additions to operating a telehandler, providing a good variety of telehandler skills that will make a difference in practical situations within the workplace.

How much do telehandler drivers earn UK?

Telehandler drivers earn around £32,000 a year on average, equating to around £16.50 per hour.

With a telehandler course, it becomes even easier to bump your value up higher and get paid more for operating a telescopic handler, especially in rough terrain and bad weather conditions.

Can anyone drive a telehandler?

Technically, anybody with the right training can drive a telehandler, although a driver's license is also required if you are driving on the road.

Are telehandler training courses reliable?

Training can be useful for any situation, with a good training course providing even more ways to learn how to load, lift and store a range of equipment using a telehandler.

Different loads have different lift weights, and you may have to lift each load to a completely different height, so more training can make it even easier to estimate these details in the workplace and simplify the process dramatically.

Should you take a telehandler training course as a new operator?

A new operator should almost always take on training as soon as possible. A good course can prepare you for having to load and lift a lot of materials, often on rough terrain or in sub-par conditions.

Getting a trained operator card (or red card) early on can be the point where you break into a new tier of professional telehandler operation, allowing you to load and lift with more skill behind what you are doing.

Are telehandler courses useful for existing operators?

Even if you have had to lift load after load for years, telehandler training can still be surprisingly useful. A good course can provide you with a trained operator card that will make a huge difference to your career, and a refresher on how to load and lift safely never hurts.

Are these courses good as a refresher?

This also matters if you are moving to new telehandler units. Different designs may load and lift materials in different ways, so a refresher course can help you remember the principles behind how to load, lift, maintain and inspect a unit that you are not too familiar with.

What is a practical test for telehandler training?

A practical test is usually just a test of how well you can load, lift and manage a telehandler in a real situation - often in rough terrain or stressful conditions. This allows you to get a taste of the rough terrain and tough work expected of a telehandler operator.

More importantly, this provides your trainers and/or employer with an understanding of how you will act in a real workplace scenario, which can sometimes be important for getting hired at a position that you were really hoping to work in.

What is the telehandler red card?

The "red card" is the CPCS Trained Operator Card and/or Competent Operator Card. Both of these are essentially just marks of expertise at using a telehandler, but having a Trained Operator Card never hurts, especially as a newcomer to the field.

Other Services We Offer

We can offer a range of other training services, from PASMA training to a variety of niche and specific courses for particular roles and positions.

When it comes to health and safety, we also provide a long list of different courses, all of which include practical tests to ensure that you understand the material being mentioned.

Many of the courses we offer come with certifications upon completion, allowing you to prove your expertise and potentially push for a higher paycheck or more prestigious position.


Our training services are meant to provide all of the skills you will need to take on telehandler-related challenges, with each course offering something useful that could be important to your role in the workplace.

Whether you are a hands-on telehandler operator or just somebody who manages one from behind the scenes as part of your regular responsibilities, it is important to know how they function and what to expect from a course about them.

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If you are eager to get your competent operator card, then contact us to learn more about our course options. We can walk you through the process of getting started with your training, providing you with a good starting point for future training courses as needed.

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