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CPCS Telescopic Handler (A17C) - Test Only


The Telescopic Handler is a machine used for lifting, moving and placing materials and equipment.  A common sight on construction sites and sometimes known as a telehandler, teleporter, or boom lift, it is essentially a forklift with a boom giving it the extra benefits of a crane.  Its single telescopic or articulating boom extends forward and upwards, adjusting the maximum reach of the machine to serve various jobs and purposes. 

Telescopic Handlers move loads such as bricks, sand, and wood at weight ranging from two to seven tonnes and more. It works with various attachments making it an adaptable and versatile industry appliance on site.

This A17c CPCS certification tests the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Telescopic Handler.

Course Outline

Depending on the experience of the delegate, Citrus can offer refresher training or the delegate can opt to just take their CPCS test. The theory test will take delegates through their general knowledge of a Telescopic Handler. In addition, they’ll participate in practical activities to test their knowledge on the machine's components and functions, best practices, and operating methods.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with CPCS regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates will benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers will guide delegates through their theory and pratical test. They must pass to qualify for the CPCS red card (Trained Operator), valid for two years per category held.

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to operate a Telehandler safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The test will take delegates through;

  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • Operator’s responsibilities with regards to daily/weekly checks of the machine
  • Basic construction, names of components, purpose and use of controls
  • Use of handbook and other information sources, including legislation and Approved Codes of Practice
  • Pre-use, start, running checks and close down procedure
  • Preparing the telescopic handler for site and road travel
  • Travelling the telescopic handler over different terrain, including rough, undulating ground and substantial inclines using different wheel drive and steer combinations
  • Manoeuvring, progressing to confined spaces in a forward and reverse direction
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine service procedures
  • Loading vehicles and hoppers
  • Removing and re-attaching different attachments
  • Placing the telescopic handler in an out of service condition
  • Loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter
On Completion

At the end of the test, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for a Telescopic Handler
  • Confidently locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify key controls on a Telescopic Handler and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational and running checks following manufacturer's and legislative requirements
  • Be able to prepare a Telescopic Handler for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently, adhering to all A17c usage and protocols
  • Perform specific loading and unloading tasks and operations as practiced throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures

Upon successfully completing the test, delegates receive their CPCS red card (Trained Operator), valid for two years per category held.

Who Should Attend?

This Telescopic Handler A17c CPCS Certification is for Plant Operators who are experienced in operating a telescopic handler and need to take their test to obtain their CPCS Red Card to do their job. 

Test Duration

This test enables delegates to apply for their CPCS Trained Operator Red Card:

Test only - one-day session with a maximum of three delegates    

We can also offer preparation and testing training for one-to-one's and groups. Please get in touch with our team to find out more.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, working tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

We have over 30 specialist Plant and Lifting trainers and assessors, coaching and testing nationwide to meet any specific needs of our clients. With a wealth of experience and expertise, they have successfully trained over 25,000 delegates across the Plant and NVQ training categories.

Our facilities include six technical centres with the capacity for delivering Plant Training across the UK. And our national, accredited Training and Test Centres are fully equipped to provide CPCS and CSCS accredited courses. In addition, as an approved NPORS training provider, we can also offer on-site training and testing nationwide. 

Finally, as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards. 

Things You Need to Know

This CPCS A17c Certifed test has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of the training. 

Delegates must pass the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years.  

If you are a CITB Levy payer, you can claim a CITB Grant for this course. Once you have booked please contact us with your CITB number and we can assist you in claiming the funds.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates should make their trainer aware of any special considerations.

Yes - you need to make sure your premises have a 240v power supply, that your classroom is big enough and that the practical area has been risk-assessed and suitable before any training takes place.

No, the test needs to take place at an accredited CPCS Test Centre.

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