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CPCS Telescopic Handler Suspended Loads (A17E)


The Telescopic Handler is a machine used for lifting, moving and placing materials and equipment. Designed to raise and move with forks, lifting and travelling with suspended loads is not the primary use of telescopic handlers, instead moving and placing materials. Operating with suspended loads is typically more hazardous than lifting unit loads on the forks, meaning there is a lot to consider and skill to apply before using a telescopic handler for suspended loads on site.

This A17e CPCS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Telescopic Handler, focussing specifically on endorsement E - carrying loads suspended from a variety of lifting accessories or suitable attachments on level and even surfaces.

It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require novice level practical and theory-based training and assessment on a Telescopic Handler for handling suspended loads and pursuing a career in plant operations.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge of a Telescopic Handler operating suspended loads. In addition, they’ll participate in practical activities to recognise 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 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 guide delegates through the course, completing the session with a practical and theory test. They must pass the test 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 Telescopic Handler with suspended loads safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • Operator’s responsibilities with regards to daily/weekly checks of 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
  • Locating, identifying and explaining Safe Working loads
  • Lifting capacity charts
  • How the manufacturer may reduce the lifting capacity when moving a suspended load
  • Different lifting configurations
  • Working ranges
  • Identifying and explaining different lifting procedures, explaining what task could fall into each category
On Completion

At the end of the training, 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 A17e Suspended Loads usage and protocols
  • Perform specific loading and unloading tasks and operations as practiced throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all suspended loads works

Upon successfully completing the course, the Suspended Loads Category will be added to their operator card.

Who Should Attend?

This Telescopic Handler A17e CPCS Certification is for Plant Operators who already hold an A17 qualification and need to add Suspended Loads OR are taking A17c and want to add endorsement E to their training package. While it is ideal for delegates to have some machinery experience, it is not mandatory.

The course is available to those who need novice training and test-only options. 

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly operate a Telescopic Handler. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training – two days with a maximum of four delegates  

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

Group training and one-to-one courses are available. Contact us 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 A17e Certifed course 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 training and test for this course, needs to take place at an accredited CPCS Test Centre.

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