Forklift and Walkie Forklifts

Forklift and Walkie Forklifts operator courses

Our forklift and Walkie forklift operator courses cover all the essential aspects of how to be a safe forklift operator. The courses cover the operator’s health and safety responsibilities in the workplace as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, as well as the requirements found in the Approved Code of Practice training Operator’s and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift Trucks (Forklifts).

Our courses go further to include a large number of good practices and handy tips to make all types of forklift operation safe and effective. We cover components of the machine, operational checks, managing hazards in the workplace, capacity and stability and driving skills.

We run our courses like a toolbox meeting giving everyone a chance to participate and share their knowledge and experiences. You’ll watch a PowerPoint presentation during which you’ll complete a written assessment. After the theory part of the course, you’ll do a set number of practical tests to complete the course.

At the end of the course, successful participants will receive a A4 certificate and a wallet-sized certificate which remains current for 3 years. We’ll send you a reminder near the end of the 3 year period to let you know it is time to re-do the course to maintain currency of training.

While we will take complete beginners, we will not issue their certificate until they have had practice in the workplace and can demonstrate their competence by repeating the practical assessment at a later date. You can hire our forklift on an hourly rate to continue to learn and practice.

We don’t run set course times – we work with your time-frames and calendar.

We can come to your site or you can come to our training centre in Stratford.

Call us to discuss cost as it can vary depending on the numbers in each course.

F endorsement course

We offer the Unit Standard 18496 F endorsement course. You need an F endorsement if you operate a forklift on the road or at a site that is open to public access. The unit standard covers the important information you need when driving a forklift where other vehicles are also present.

You need a full class 1 (car) licence before you can do the endorsement course.

Most of our course participants do the F endorsement at the same time as their operator certificate course. However, you can do the F endorsement course by itself. It also involves a short practical assessment on the forklift.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive a New Zealand Transport Agency certificate to take to AA, VTNZ or VINZ where the endorsement will be added to your licence. There is a fee and some paperwork to complete at their end.

The F endorsement does not need to be renewed. The endorsement remains on your licence while your licence remains valid and current.

Online courses

We have developed an online course for the Forklift, Walkie forklift and F endorsement in conjunction with DT driver training. You can now do the theory part of the courses online at home or on a work computer. You still have to do the practical assessment - there are 2 options:

  • an experienced forklift operator like your supervisor can follow the guide in the practical assessment module can conduct the practical assessment, or
  • you can use any Competenz-approved assessor. Stan at Tasman Training can do this for you for $100 + GST.

To view the online course go to DT Driving Tests.

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