Forklift Operator Course

The course covers both the Operator (OSH/NZQA) qualification, as well as the ‘F’ License endorsement. Contents of the course include:

Theory Presentation:

  • Definitions and Legal Requirements,
  • Forklift Components,
  • Terminology,
  • Manoeuvring and Load Safety,
  • Safe Operating Procedures,
  • Driving on Public Roads (optional – ‘F’ endorsement)
  • Vehicle Maintenance,
  • Risk Management, and
  • Written Tests (Operator (OSH/NZQA) and/or (NZTA ‘F’ Endorsement)

Practical Training and Assessments:

  • Depending on individuals’ experience;
    This involves individual’s maneuvering a forklift through various obstacles, and both stacking and destacking a load from various heights. Each individual will be assessed against our Practical Assessment Marking Guide. This usually involves 2 – 3 hours, depending on individuals’ experience/ability.


The course is normally conducted within 1 full day, but can extend to 2 days for less experienced operators. (8am – 4pm).

Please note that there is a legal requirement to “refresh” this course every 3 years to stay current.

F Endorsement Prerequisites

  • Have a full New Zealand Class 1 drivers licence (Overseas licences are not permitted)


$170 + GST – OSH course.

$80 + GST  – ‘F’ Endorsement.

$210 + GST – OSH and ‘F’ Endorsement.


8am – 4pm each day, or until assessments are completed.


Successful individuals will receive our Operator certificate, and Operator Card, An NZTA certificate is issued for ‘F’ endorsements, which then needs to be produced to a Licence Testing Agency, in order to receive the F endorsement on the Driver Licence. (Note: fee: $47-00 approx.)

NZQA Unit Standards:

This course covers the following NZQA Unit Standards;

18496:Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving a forklift on a Road, Level 3, Credits 2
10851:Operate a powered industrial lift truck fitted with forks Level 3, Credits 7

All credits are reported to NZQA for recording on your Record of Achievement, once the course has been completed successfully.

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