TLILIC0003 – Licence to operate a forklift truck

Course Information and Delivery

This course provides participants with the hands on practical skills and theoretical knowledge to safely operate a Forklift type truck. The course is delivered using a combination of classroom based instruction and practical skills development sessions using and operating a forklift. The training specifies the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely in accordance with all relevant legislative requirements.

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 attachments 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 Licence (HRWL).

The course is delivered face to face over the process of 2 days (1 day training, 1 day for assessment – approximately 16 hours) with around 6 hours of pre course reading that is provided upon enrolment. Training and assessment can be delivered at one of our dedicated training facilities or at your site providing the correct equipment is available. This course is suitable for those who wish to operate a forklift truck in the Resources, Construction, Transport or Retail industry.

Sheer Workplace Training is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment issued through RTO 45597 for this unit.

Once you have completed your face-to-face forklift training and upon successful completion, you will need to apply for High Risk Work (HRW) Licence through WorkSafe, which must be renewed every 5 years. You will not be able to operate a Forklift Truck without a HRW Licence.

Entry requirements

Participants must be over 18 years of age, be able to speak and understand English; understand technical concepts; and provide suitable identification.

Personal safety clothing must be provided by the student and worn during training. Sheer Workplace Training will provide additional safety equipment as required.

Physical requirements for this course

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training.

There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package.

Vision and hearing impaired may have issues and should seek further advise on ability levels from Transport and Main Roads and Worksafe Queensland.

Students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Pre-course study

There is approximately 6 hours of pre course reading. Students can obtain a training handbook which includes pre training reading via email, post or collection prior to training.

Pre-requisite requirements

It is a requirement of this course that all participants are aged 18 or over at the time of assessment.

Course fees

The course fee will be paid direct to Sheer Workplace Training. This course is usually arranged by the employer of a workgroup and the employer can be invoiced for the training. If the employer does not arrange the training, or the employer does not agree to fund the training, training fees must be paid by the individual student direct to the trainer.

Course fees will be communicated to you prior to confirmation of enrolment.


You may be eligible for funding to assist with the fees for this course. Funding such as Jetco and BERT may be accessible. Please contact our administration team to discuss eligibility.


The forklift operator assessment process is similar in every Australian state and territory. All components of the assessment are mandatory and supplied by Safe Work Australia.

Under Workplace Health and Safety Legislation, Assessors are required to submit details of all upcoming assessments to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s head office in advance. Sheer Workplace Training is required to provide at least 3 business days notice before conducting any forklift assessments.

Inspectors from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland in Brisbane have the authority to conduct an unannounced audit of our assessors, the trainee and the forklift and order picker licence training facility at any time.

Assessment is conducted over one day and is made up of theory, calculations and practical elements.

  • You need to achieve a successful outcome in the theory and calculations component before you can proceed to the practical assessment
  • Your practical assessment will be conducted in English – no interpreters
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