Operate Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Operator Training & Licensing

SAQA ID : 242974
No. of Credits: 7
NQF Level: 3

Course Introduction

The successful learner will be able to operate a counter-balanced lift truck in a safe manner. They will also be able to conduct pre- and post-inspections to ensure the performance of the lift truck. The learner will be able to handle the loading and storage of freight by using the equipment – and its accessories – in the required manner. They will also be able to access the emergency system and services in the event of an incident or accident.

Qualification Title: Operate Counterbalance Lift Trucks

Unit Standard ID: 242974

No. of Credits: 7

NQF Level: 3

The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to operate a counter-balanced lift truck in a safe manner. They will also be able to conduct pre and post inspections to ensure the performance of the lift truck. The person will be able to handle the loading and storage of freight by using the equipment and its accessories in the required manner. They will also be able to access emergency system and services in the event of an incident or accident. 

The qualifying learner is capable of:

  • applying the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the lift truck with reference to safety procedures in the workplace.
  • identifying and classifying freight/loads taking into account documentation, packaging and labelling associated with the specific freight.
  • handling, loading and storing freight in accordance with industry standards environmental requirements, and with due consideration to inter alia the commodities and their properties, storage area and placement of load.
  • achieving maximum work performance of lifting equipment and attachments, by applying knowledge of equipment dimensions, controls, principles of operation and capacities, manufacturing specifications and circumstances in the working environment.
  • operating equipment in accordance with laid down organisational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • accessing available emergency support system and services in case of incidents and accidents.

Learning assumed to be in place and recognition of prior learning:

  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent
  • Recertification training should have a certificate not expired for more than 90 days.

Novice: 5 days

Recertification: 1 day

This course is targeted at employees (novice or experienced) with responsibilities for functions within the workplace that relate to operating the following range of counterbalance lift trucks:

  • F1: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 3 000 kg
  • F2: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 7 000 kg
  • F3: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 15 000 kg

Attachments and special equipment shall include:

  • A: Side Shift.
  • B: Single pole.
  • C: Carton or paper roll clamp.
  • D: Crane Hook.
  • E: Push Pull/Slip sheet equipment.
  • F: Load Rotator.
  • H: Load Extender Pantograph.
  • J: Tilting Bucket.
  • K: Tandem Forks.
  • L: Container Vanning and Devanning.
  • M: Container Handling.
  • N: Forks.
  • O: Cradle (Safety Cage).

The Codes and Attachments correspond with the National Code of Practice.

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