Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck

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    Course Overview

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

    Classes Every Week

    No Log Book/No Experience Required.

    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 is required to hold a forklift truck high risk work (HRW) licence.

    This unit requires a person operating a forklift truck to plan the work, conduct routine checks on a forklift truck, shift loads in a safe manner, and safely shut down and secure equipment after completing operations.

    Course Includes: Full training in theory, Full training in practical driving, Maximum class size of 8 students, All course learning materials, Supplied training resources and equipment, Theory assessment, Practical assessment.

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    Licensing/Regulatory Information

    This unit is based on the licensing requirements of Part 4.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, HRW and meets Commonwealth, state and territory HRW licensing requirements.


    Realistic Training Options Sandgate Campus,

    101 Connaught Street, SANDGATE QLD 4017

    Cost of Training

    Course Cost: 3-Day Course = $450/student

    3-Day Course on consecutive Saturdays = $525/student

    Cost includes a second go (first resit) of both the theory and practical assessments if required.

    Additional fees apply if a third attempt (second resit) is required for an assessment.


    See below.

    Assessment Resit Costs (WHS):

    Additional Assessment Resits = $150/day/student (1 day covers both practical and theory assessment)

    Resit the whole 3 days again = $250/student

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    Standard Course Duration

    Courses are held every week.

    Online Pre Course Study: This is very simple and is designed so that all students are starting with the same basic knowledge.

    Day 1   7.30AM – 4:00PM: Classroom Theory and Knowledge and Practical

    Day 2   7.30AM – 4:00PM: Classroom Theory and Knowledge and Practical

    Day 3   7:30AM: Theory Assessment & Practical Assessments, depending on class size this may finish at any time after 2:00pm and 5.30 pm.


    If the trainer believes that the student needs to log more hours to become a competent operator and the student has no access to a forklift or cannot legally be on log books in their workplace, arrangements can be made with the student for more training at no extra charge with the assessor. This is dependent on availability and class sizes.

    Most students will complete their Practical Assessment straight after the Theory on Day 3. Students should only need about 2 hours for the Theory exam, and 35 minutes for the Practical assessment. A timeslot for the Practical exam will be allocated with the assessor following the theory assessment.

    Oral Assessment

    An oral assessment option can be arranged one-to-one with the assessor for students with Language, Literacy and Numeracy difficulties. An additional assessment fee of $450 will be charged and must be paid prior to course commencement. The minimum class size will be 3 students.


    This must be arranged prior to starting course, as the assessor may terminate training once identified.

    Once the total course fee payment including oral assessment fee has been received, your class dates shall be arranged and your course learning guides will be made available. This also includes the online open resource pre-assessment.

    The assessment shall be held in accordance with WHS rules and conditions.

    Course Prerequisites

    The trainee must: 

    be over the age of 18,

    be able to read and write English,

    be able to complete a short answer written exam (oral exam option allowed, but must be arranged at the time of booking if applicable),

    be able to complete a basic calculations exam,

    be able to complete a practical forklift driving exam,

    be able to provide three (3) forms of proof of identification before an assessment can take place,

    have appropriate levels of language, literacy and numeracy (self-assessment available).

    Evidence of Identity

    To apply for a licence, you may be required to provide evidence of identity to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

    Combined, these documents should show evidence of: your full name, date of birth, your signature and a photo of yourself.

    All documents must be original as supplied and issued by an Australian authority unless otherwise indicated.

    If you are unable to provide the required documentation contact us on 1800 308 255 for more information.

    Evidence of identity documents

    Three evidence of identity documents can be made up of either: one category A and two category B or two category A and one category B

    Category A
    Full birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
    Bicentennial birth certificate (born in 1988)
    Australian citizenship certificate
    Australian passport (including Australian Document of Identity) (Current or expired less than two years)
    Foreign passport (Current or expired less than two years)
    Australian photo driver licence (Current or expired less than two years)
    Adult proof of age card (18+ Card) (Issued after 01/01/1992)

    Category B 
    Australian firearm licence (with photo) (Current)
    Education institution student identity document (must include photo and/or signature) (Current)
    Department of Veterans Affairs/Centrelink Pensioner Concession card, including Healthcare card (Current)
    Interstate government-issued or government-approved proof of age card (Current)
    Medicare card (Current)
    Australian security guard/crowd controller licence (with photo) (Current)
    Australian Defence Force photo identity card (Current)
    Financial institution debit/credit card (must include signature and embossed/printed name). Please note: Card number and expiry date must be hidden.  Any documents showing sensitive bank details will be rejected (Current).

    Change of Name: To change your name on an existing HRW licence you will be required to provide three evidences of documents from category A and B and a change of name document from the below list. The documents must be verified by a Justice of the Peace and can be uploaded during the online replacement application process.

    Change of name Documents
    Australian marriage certificate (Ceremonial marriage certificates are not accepted, it must be issued by relevant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
    Australian civil partnership/relationship certificate
    Australian change of name certificate
    Australian birth certificate (amended and/or with notations)
    Divorce papers, Decree Nisi or Absolute (must show the name being reverted to) (Issued by relevant court)
    Deed poll (Issued prior to 01/02/2004)

    Manual Booking Form

    If you can’t book online with a credit card, require an invoice prior to enrolling or wish to pay by bank transfer?

    Please contact RTO for a Booking Payment Form.

    1800 308 255 or 07 3088 2905

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