HRETDs telescopic materials (boom) handler/Telehandler training course details
Operate telescopic
boom handlers
SAQA unit standard: 260781 (NCOP code: C46)
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
NQF level:  03 (10 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs telescopic materials (boom) handler/Telehandler training course details
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Advanced driving
Crane operations
Heavy cranes
Marine loader cranes
Mobile cranes
Overhead cranes (Cabin)
Overhead cranes (Pendant)
Single girder hoists
Telescopic materials handlers
Truck mounted cranes
Tower cranes
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
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Included in this mutimedia training programme This telescopic boom handler (telescopic materials handler/teleboom handler/telehandler) course is designed for both novice and experienced operators. Learners who meet the specific outcomes and assessment criteria will be permitted to operate a telescopic boom handler while performing their daily duties.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be able to discuss and apply the regulatory framework for operating a telescopic boom handler, describe, demonstrate mechanical awareness, inspect, handle loads and operate a telescopic boom handler.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be 18 years and over, holders of a Grade 10 certificate or equivalent qualification and have a national driver's license.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of telescopic boom handler training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Telescopic materials (boom) handler (Telehandler) operator training

Crane operator training

Course content

Telescopic boom handler: components and workings

We discuss principal component identification and basic mechanical appreciation for the cooling, engine lubrication, exhaust emission, fuel, electrical, hydraulic, brake, transmission and torque converter, steering, differential and electric motor systems.

Legal safety issues

This module deals with hazard identification and hazard control, legal responsibilities in a nutshell, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988 and Construction Regulations, 2003), the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Lifting Equipment Regulations and General Machinery Regulations), Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the lockout procedure in terms of administrative requirements and responsibilities, as well as communication requirements.

Centre of gravity and stability

We take learners through finding the centre of gravity, the principle of balance, load centre, centre of gravity and the telescopic boom handler, causes of stability failure, lateral stability and attachments.

Estimating the size and weight of loads

We show learners how to estimate size and weight, as well as the weight of common materials.

Walk-around and start-up checks, shutdown and refuelling procedures and logbooks for a telescopic boom handler

We discuss walk-around checks, start-up procedures, shutdown procedures, refuelling the telescopic boom handler, logbooks and maintenance records.

Telescopic boom handler manoeuvring and operating techniques

We talk about safe operating procedures, travelling, stacking and un-stacking with a telescopic boom handler fitted with a mast and forks, how to pick up a load at low or ground level, how to remove a load from a stack or rack at height, how to place a load on a stack or rack at height and handling loads with a telehandler.

Handling cargo/loads with a telescopic boom handler

We show learners best practice concerning handling hazardous cargo, pictorial markings on cargo, loading and off-loading of trucks and trailers, pallets, racking, interlocking stacks, nesting devices and pallet feet.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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TETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 260781: Operate a Telescopic Boom Handler.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a telescopic boom handler, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence that is valid for two years. Records are externally moderated quarterly by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) for quality and compliance purposes.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.