Forklift Telehandler and Attachments


People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe control of hazards associated with operating a telehandler;
  • check and prepare a telehandler and attachment before use;
  • operate telehandler;
  • and carry out post-operational procedures.

Telehandler attachments may include buckets, forks or crane. Attachments do not include an attachment that is towed, eg – trailer, hay rake, or similar implement used in an agricultural activity.

If you do not hold a wheels endorsement on your licence, this will be required to operate a Telehandler.

If the Telehandler has a fork attachment a current OSH forklift licence is required also.

AMS Group offers a combined course option as well for bucket attachment and Forklift endorsement option for the Fork attachment.

Course Content

  • Control of hazards associated with operating a telehandler
  • Check and prepare a telehandler and attachment before use
  • Operate a telehandler
  • Carry out post-operational procedures

There is also an option available to complete the wheels and forks endorsement as part of the pre-requisites listed below.


  • Must hold a minimum of the Class of driver licence and the relevant endorsement required for the vehicle.
  • OSH Operators Certificate (if there are forks)
  • A wheels endorsement on your drivers licence

Additional Pre-requisites

  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites

NZQA Unit Standards


Unit Standard Title Credit Value
23637 Operate a Telehandler 20

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.