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NPORS Telescopic Handler Suspended Loads (N138)


The Telescopic Handler is a common sight on construction sites mainly used for lifting, moving and placing materials and equipment. However, lifting and travelling with suspended loads is not the usual purpose of telescopic handlers. Moreover, operating with suspended loads is typically more hazardous than lifting unit loads on the forks. So there is a lot to consider and skill to apply before using a telescopic handler for suspended loads on site. 

This N138 NPORS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to safely use a Telescopic Handler with suspended loads.

It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who hold an existing Telescopic Handler card, and need to add handling suspended loads.

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 working 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 coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and short answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to have the category added to your card.

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 course will take delegates through:

  • A basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Manufacturers' requirements, technical data, and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Safe working loads
  • Lifting capacity charts
  • Moving a suspended load, lifting configurations and working ranges
  • Lifting procedures
  • Centres of gravity and calculating estimated weights of loads
  • Overhead and proximity hazards
  • How to agree on the signal codes and hand signals, direction of movement, safe working and safe landing placement zone with the Slinger Signaller.
  • Correct attachment fitting and safe condition of a Telescopic Handler
  • Load integrity and security
  • Lifting and moving a load to a designated position in a safe and controlled way, ensuring minimum uncontrolled movement
  • Environmental considerations and impact
  • Carrying out all out-of service, shut-down and securing procedures
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • 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 N138 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

On successful completion of the course, the delegate will have the Suspended Loads Category added to their operator card.

Who Should Attend?

This Telescopic Handler Suspended Loads N138 NPORS Certification is for Plant Operators who already hold a Telehandler qualification and need to add Suspended Loads.

Course Duration

There are three routes with NPORS for training to operate a Telescopic Handler accomodating novices and seasoned delegates:

  • Novice training - two days with a maximum of four delegates  
  • Refresher training – two days with day one for training and day two for assessment with a maximum of four delegates   
  • Assessment 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

Delegate must have the Telescopic Handler Operator Card (N010) to take this course.

This NPORS 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.

For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training.  

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.

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