Telehandlers are devices commonly used in transport. Telehandlers – variable-reach forklifts belong to this category and are widely applied in the mining sector and in agriculture. Modern equipment allows to make works faster and safe. In order to operate them the training for telehandlers and the appropriate UDT licence are required.

Basic information

A telehandler – a specialized variable-reach forklift. The popular manufacturers of such devices include: Dieci, Manitou, Merlo, New Holland, Case, JCB. They offer various  models and additional equipment, thanks to which their application is broad and they are commonly used in employing institutions.

The construction of these devices is different than other froklift trucks. They have special attachments allowing to lift larger and heavier objects or materials. They are equipped with engines with greater horsepower, their cab is additionally secured in order to protect the operator against accidents, they also have special power and rubbers, thanks to which they may move over the majority of surfaces, including the difficult ones. A special construction and power cause that these devices are used in the works in which normal forklift trucks cannot be applied.


Telehandlers are widely used in construction and agriculture. They have various attachments allowing to complete different tasks. They are used in ground works as well as in the transportation of soil and various kinds of aggregate, steel constructions, concrete elements, manure, straw and wood. Furthermore, they are found in storehouses where they load and unload pallets, big-bags and box-pallets. After fitting a man cage to the forklift there is a possibility to use them as lifts.

Types of devices

There are two types of devices, depending on their construction:

  • fixed, front – they have hard operator’s cabin installed on the frame of the device. The extension arm can be found on the right of the vehicle. Telehandlers may be equipped with side stabilizers. On average their maximum load amounts to 1.5 to 20 tons, while the extension arm maximally reaches up to 20 meters.
  • rotating – they are equipped with the rotary head which enables the change of the cab’s position and the extension arm by 360 degrees on the platform of the device. On average their maximum load amounts to 3 to 5 tons, while the extension arm maximally reaches up to 30 meters.

Learning how to operate

In order to operate the device the training for telehandler and  the licence in the category I WJO for specialized forklifts are required. They cannot be used by persons who have licences on other types of forklifts. The training in the certified centre is a preliminary requirement. In order to take part in the training you must be an adult, have at least completed primary education and do not have any medical contraindications to work as an operator.

The training provides participants with theoretical information concerning the operation of the device, rules of educational health and safety as well as other kinds of facts necessary for safe work. Furthermore, the training course also includes practical exercises. After the training participants take the exam before the commission of the Bureau of Technical Inspection (Urząd Dozoru Technicznego). If they pass it they receive the certificate and the licence issued for an unlimited period of time. The price of the training course is from PLN 700 to 1000.

In our Operators’ Training Centre we offer professional trainings for operators of telehandlers. Training courses are held in the whole country: Warsaw, Cracow, Katowice, Bielsko-Biała as well as in the whole country in any place chosen by the client. The price is dependent on the number of participants.

We kindly invite you to participate in our training for telehandlers!


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