Telehandler Certification

Earn your Telehandler Certification certificate upon successful completion of this course


This comprehensive online Telehandler Certification course covers the fundamentals of safe operation for the different classes of variable reach lift trucks (VRLTs). This course exceeds all CSA, OHS, and CCOHS requirements for classroom operator safety training certification in all Canadian provinces and territories.

Summa Safety & Environment College courses are the highest quality online courses available today, combining high definition video with cutting edge machine animation and video demonstrations. Our course format increases learning retention while remaining entertaining and informative for students. A few questions after every chapter prepare the student for the final exam. Throughout the course students are provided with access to: VRLT specific OHS requirements for every province and territory in Canada; a practical evaluation checklist; and easy-to-use instructions for evaluating operator competence on the machine.

An employer practical evaluation is required to complete the certification process and can be performed by a supervisor or authorized personnel.


  • Federal and provincial VRLT-related legislation requirements for the machine, employees, supervisors and employers
  • Machine hazards
  • Common lift truck incidents and accidents
  • Different lift truck classes
  • The importance of the operator’s manual
  • Safety decals
  • Machine components, controls, brake types, and safe guards
  • Capacities and in-depth stability principles
  • Proper use of load charts
  • Pre-operational inspections
  • Function tests
  • Maintenance
  • Hydraulic system dangers
  • Refuelling
  • Hazard assessment/mitigation
  • Rescue planning
  • Proper communication
  • PPE
  • Operating rules
  • Steering modes
  • Loading/unloading
  • Racks
  • Work platform use
  • Parking and shutting down
  • Recordkeeping

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 4 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.