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Operate advanced defined purpose lift trucks


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 242972)

A Lift Truck is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances.

Operators who are not adequately trained in Lift Truck operations are at great risk of injury because of their lack of understanding in the principles of operations that allow a Lift Truck to lift and move heavy loads.

This course will assist the learner operator in becoming a fully qualified Lift Truck operator who has the knowledge, skills and experience to operate a Lift Truck in a safe and professional manner. This will allow certified operator by adding value to any organization.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Access available emergency support systems and services in case of incidents and accidents
  • Identify and classifying freight/loads
  • Handle, loading and storing freight
  • Achieve maximum work performance of battery powered lifting equipment and attachments
  • Operate equipment


  • Novice: 5 Days
  • Re-Certification: 1 Day



Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority



Advance Defined Purpose Lift Truck Learning Outcomes

The person credited with this course is able to operate a battery operated advanced defined purpose lift truck. They are able to access emergency support and services in the case of an emergency while operating a lift truck. The person is also able to identify and classify the load, handle and move the freight while operating the lifting equipment in accordance with standards and its performance capabilities. They are also able to monitor the fitness of the lift truck. The area of focus of this programme will be;

Lift Truck And Attachment Identification

  • Lift Truck Types
  • Lift Truck Attachments

Parts And Functions Of A Lift Truck

  • Main Parts
  • Cab Parts
  • Meters & Gauges
  • Mast Control Example
  • Drive / Steering / Braking Example

Principles Of Operation

  • Load Capacity Plates
  • Load Specification Plate

Lift Truck Safety

Daily Checks

  • Lift Truck Operator Daily Check List

Changing Batteries

  • Battery
  • Using A Hydrometer
  • Look After The Battery

Mechanical Appreciation

  • Hydraulic Trouble Shooting Guide

Log Books

  • Lift Truck Operator: Vehicle Log Sheet (Petrol/Diesel)
  • Lift Truck Operator: Vehicle Log Sheet (Gas)
  • Lift Truck Operator: Battery Specific Gravity Daily Log Sheet
  • Lift Truck Operator: Accident Report Sheet
  • Lift Truck Operator: Lift Truck Defect Report

Load Recognition


  • Tremcard
  • Consignment Note / Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD)

Load handling

  • Vehicle Loading

General Safety Signs

Types Of Racking

Pallet Handling Information

Practical Operation

General Operations



Confined Gangway Stacking

Loading & Off Loading Vehicles, Carriages & Containers


Lift Truck codes shall include:

  • F5: Reach Lift truck up to rated capacity of 2500kg.
  • F8: Order Picking lift truck – for first and second level racking (Narrow aisle/wide aisle) (NA/WA).
  • F9: Order Picking lift truck – for all level racking including high rise (NA/WA).
  • F13: VNA (Very narrow aisle) lift truck, non-elevating cab, to service all levels.
  • F14: VNA lift truck, elevating cab, to service all levels.
  • F15: Rail mounted stacker lift truck with non-elevating cab.
  • F16: Rail mounted stacker lift truck with elevating cab.

Entry level requirements into this programme?

 All new entrants intended under this code (Novice or Re-licensing) shall provide training institution with the required documents as specified under the National Code Of Practice (NCOP No 43835) Promulgated 23 October 2020

  • An employer declaration or medical certificate confirming the medical fitness of the learner to undergo the intended training
  • An eye test results issued by a person trained to carry out such tests
  • All new entrants intended under this code will be required to hold at least a Grade 9 (Std 7) school certificate
  • Learners shall provide training institution with a valid certified copy of his/her Identity Document
  • Employers must provide a valid copy of Lift Truck Load Test Certificate
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