Forklift Operations

Short Course Description

This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely.

Forklift truck means a powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other arms that can be raised 900 mm or more above the ground, but does not include a pedestrian-operated truck or a pallet truck. 

A person performing this work in NSW is required to hold a High Risk Work (HRW) licence issued by SafeWork NSW for the forklift type.

Entry requirements or Pre-requisites

No entry requirements or pre-requisites apply to the unit of competency, however in order to obtain a SafeWork NSW High Risk Work licence, students must: ​

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be enrolled in and complete a recognised training course with a registered training organisation (RTO) and have been assessed as competent by an Assessor working for the RTO
  • have literacy and numeracy skills at a level that enables the safe performance of high risk work

Pre-course Requirements

Provided you have enrolled ahead of your class date, you will receive your learning materials at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. You will be required to study the materials ready to undertake an Underpinning Knowledge Assessment (UPK) at the commencement of the first day of training.

This Assessment will form part of your overall theory assessment for the unit of competency.

Documents issued on successful completion

On successful completion of this course you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the nationally recognised unit of competency completed as part of the course.

Additionally, where you have passed the SafeWork NSW National Assessment Instrument, you will be issued with a Notice of Competency directly by the Accredited Assessor. You must take this notice to Australia Post along with 100 Point of Identification to have your High Risk Work (HRW) License processed.

Please note: It is possible to successfully complete the unit of competency, and not pass the SafeWork NSW National Assessment Instrument. In these instances, you should discuss re-assessment opportunities with the Accredited Assessor who will liaise with Australian Training Plus to schedule a re-assessment. Re-assessment may incur additional fees. Please speak with Australian Training Plus for more information.


Unit Code/s:
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck

Learning outcomes
The delivery of this course will cover the following elements:

  1. Plan work
  2. Conduct routine checks
  3. Shift load
  4. Shut down and secure forklift truck

Course duration
18 hours over 3 days

Days 1 & 2 are training and practical observation conducted by Trainer and Assessor for the unit of competency. Students must successfully complete Days 1 & 2 and be deemed Competent in the unit to proceed to SafeWork NSW Assessment.

Day 3 comprises the SafeWork NSW Assessment conducted by a SafeWork NSW Accredited Assessor.

Assessments Conducted
Formal assessment will be conducted in order to assess individual’s competency regarding the required skills and knowledge within the unit of competency.

The following assessments will be conducted as part of this short course:

  • Underpinning knowledge assessment
  • Written knowledge assessment - this is a CLOSED BOOK assessment undertaken in two parts
  • Practical observation assessment
  • SafeWork NSW HRW license assessment