A17E Telescopic Handler Suspended Load

Course Aims

To provide high quality training and testing in the safe and effective use of plant and machinery to enable the candidate to attain the CPCS Red Operator Card.

This course is for people with limited experience of operating a Telescopic Handler.
It teaches you how to operate and maintain a Telescopic Handler – Suspended load safely (non-rough terrain).

Entry requirements

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test passed within two years before the course start date or CPCS test date.
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.
  • Should have A17 Tele Handler already on their Red trained operator card or Blue competent operator card.

Teaching and Assessment

  • 1 Days Training – Classroom-based  and Practical Training
  • 1 Day – CPCS Testing

Course Content

  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Configure and ready for travel (site and highway)
  • Travel over level surfaces with and without loads and, where applicable, on rough, undulating ground and inclines. (excluding suspended loads)
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces with and without loads
  • Follow given signals and instructions when travelling and manoeuvring with and without loads
  • Configure and set for all lifting, loading and transferring duties
  • Attach and remove attachments and accessories for the movement of suspended loads
  • Follow given signals and instructions during work activities
  • Lift and remove various loads up to full extension and working height of the tele handler
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Determine the requirements for the lifting and transferring of suspended loads
  • Establish and comply with given signals and instructions
  • Lift various suspended loads from given locations Inc. vehicle bed and at height
  • Travel with and place various suspended loads at given locations Inc. a vehicle bed and at height
  • Minimise the swinging of loads during travel
  • List different types of lifting accessories and attachments compatible with telescopic handlers and suspended loads
  • Explain the correct and incorrect methods for attaching suspended loads to the machine
  • Explain how stability is affected by travelling with a raised boom and a suspended load (both regular and irregular)
  • Explain visibility issues and restrictions and with suspended loads
  • Place loads out of sight of the operator
  • Maintain safe working situations


On successful completion of the Theory & Practical tests the candidate will have the category added to their Red or Blue CPCS Card.

Next Steps

Register and complete the NVQ level 2 for the Blue Competent Operators Card which is valid for five years.