Variable Reach Lift Truck New Operator

Note: A Variable Reach Lift Truck (VRLT) is a Class VII Rough Terrain Lift Truck and is sometimes referred to as a Telescopic Handler, Telehandler or Zoom Boom.

Program Intent

To provide the new VRLT operator with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to operate the machine and its attachment in a safe manner. This program provides the minimum requirements for the training of operators for VRLT and is intended to supplement a company’s larger Health & Safety Management System.

The new operator will learn legislation relevant to the operation of their equipment, how the machines capacity and stability is affected while the machine is in use, as well as understanding the VRLT by reviewing the contents of the machine’s operator manual. The operator will learn how to perform a pre-operational vehicle inspection, the features and controls of their equipment, and the contents of the machines operator manual. The new operator will be issued their own VRLT, and under the direct supervision of an instructor, learn how to operate the machine performing the basic duties for what it was intended to perform.

The new operator will need to demonstrate their ability to operate the VRLT in a safe and efficient manner through a series of driving and operating exercises. Upon successful completion of the program, operators receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

Job and/or familiarization training of operators for particular VRLT requiring special needs or specialized equipment and/or used in specific workplace environments are in addition to the basic training requirements of this program. Additional training may be required.

Who Should Attend?

new operator is one who does not have over 100 hours of recent experience operating a VRLT. This course is intended for those needing the training required to meet the basic and knowledge to operate a VRLT safely.

If you are a skilled operator with 100 hours of experience, we recommend the Skilled Operator Certification course.

Course Content

The course includes both a theory and practical section. The theory portion includes the following topics:

  • Workplace Requirements
  • Safe Operation of the machine
  • Contents of the machines operators manual
  • Written test

The practical portion includes learning to safely:

  • Perform pre-operational inspections
  • Operate the machine and its attachment
  • Change attachments

Course Duration: Theory portion is approximately 2-3 hours in length.
Additional practical time is provided for “NEW” operators. Students should plan for a full day.

Note: Smaller class sizes may result in the student taking the theory in our computer lab with the instructor present to monitor and assist the student. Practical components will be taught in-person with the guidance and supervision of the instructor.

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