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Safety & Training

Telehandler Operator Training

The VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier (telehandler) operator training course imparts rules and practices for safe operation. It is NOT designed to license or certify operators as skilled or factory authorized operators.

Kit Overview

Operator training course for VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carriers (telehandlers).

The kit includes:

  • DVD
  • Five handbooks
  • Five course attendance certificates
  • Administrator’s guide


Course Handbook Sample

Operator training course for VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carriers (telehandlers).

View an excerpt of the VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier (telehandler) operator training course handbook.

Video Sample

Bobcat VersaHANDLER telescopic tool carrier (telehandler) operator safety video.

Get a preview of the video content in the VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier (telehandler) training course.


After participating in the course, trainees will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the requirements of OSHA Regulation 29CFR 1910.178 (l).
  • Have completed both formal instruction and hands-on training under the direction of a competent, experienced trainer and have successfully passed a comprehensive examination on subject matter covered in both the formal and hands-on components of the training class.
  • Exhibit an awareness of the purpose, function and basic concepts of Bobcat VersaHandler TTC operation.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the types and purposes of decals applied to the Bobcat VersaHandler TTC.
  • Be aware of differences between the operation of an automobile and a Bobcat VersaHandler TTC.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of control functions for the specific type of Bobcat VersaHandler TTC the operator is being certified to operate.
  • Be knowledgeable in Bobcat VersaHandler TTC engine or motor operation.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of Bobcat VersaHandler TTC steering and maneuverability.
  • Possess an ability to adequately judge the available visibility to ensure safe operations.
  • Understand fork and attachment adaptation, operation and limitations.
  • Be able to quickly and accurately determine machine capacity and stability for various types of loads.
  • Perform machine inspection and maintenance as required.
  • Possess a knowledge of safe refueling or recharging of batteries practices.
  • Be able to quickly judge operating limitations under changing conditions.
  • Be able to comprehend operating instructions, warnings and precautions.
  • Judge the condition of surfaces where the Bobcat VersaHandler TTC is being operated.
  • Be aware of the types of loads to be carried and the stability characteristics of such loads.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manipulate, stack and unstack the type of loads to be handled.
  • Possess a knowledge of pedestrian traffic patterns in the area being worked.
  • Demonstrate an ability to operate safely given site restrictions such as narrow aisles.
  • Be aware of hazardous locations on the work site such as refueling sites and culverts.
  • Be capable of safely operating on ramps and other sloped surfaces at the work site.
  • Be aware of hazardous conditions in closed environments such as adjustments for lighting, or hazards resulting from poor ventilation such as carbon monoxide poisoning, and other environmental hazards.
  • Be evaluated by the employer for safe operation under working conditions.


  1. Introductions
    1. Instructor
    2. Class
  2. OSHA 1910.178 (l)
  3. Prestart
    1. Bobcat VersaHandler TTC Units
      1. Manufacturer-Supplied Manuals
      2. Add-On Unit Documentation
      3. Decal Identification and Content
      4. Load Capacity Charts
      5. Automobile vs. Rough Terrain Forklift
    2. Bobcat VersaHandler TTC Safety
      1. Proper Clothing
      2. Site Inspection
      3. Site-Specific Traffic Rules
      4. Signs, Flags and Markings
      5. Traffic and Hand Signal Interpretation
    3. Prestart Checks
  4. Bobcat VersaHandler TTC Operation
    1. Start Up
      1. Seat Adjustment
      2. Seat Belt
      3. Function of ROPS/FOPS Assembly
    2. Control Functions (General Overview)
      1. Indicators and Gauges
      2. Speed/Gear Ranges
      3. Steering Characteristics
      4. Braking Characteristics
      5. Turn Radius and Clearance Considerations
      6. Functional Tests
    3. Restricted View Awareness — See and Be Seen
      1. Terrain Considerations
      2. Soil Hazards
      3. Water Hazards
      4. Trees
      5. Wire Hazards
      6. Driving Up, Down and Across Sloped Surfaces
      7. Culverts
      8. Obstructed Visibility
      9. Driving in Confined Areas
      10. Line of Sight
      11. Speed Considerations
      12. Ability to Turn Considerations
    4. Operating Techniques
      1. Driving Without a Load
      2. Center-of-Gravity Considerations
      3. Load Pickup Techniques
      4. Shift and Tilt Techniques
      5. Driving With a Load
      6. Load Deposit Procedures
    5. Bobcat VersaHandler TTC Parking Considerations
    6. Shutting Down the Bobcat VersaHandler TTC
    7. Machine Maintenance
      1. Refueling
      2. Lubrication
      3. Preventive Maintenance
      4. Major Repairs
  5. Safety is Everyone's Business
    1. The Cost of Accidents
    2. Site, Company and Manufacturer Rules
    3. The Need for Strict Enforcement of Rules
    4. Liability
  6. Hands-On Operation
    1. Site Inspection
    2. Hand Signals and Audio Signals
    3. Walk Around
    4. Start Up
    5. System Checks
    6. Terrain Movement
    7. Picking, Moving and Depositing Loads
    8. Parking Rules
    9. Shut Down
    10. Practical Assignment
      1. 10-Minute Practical Assignments
  7. Evaluation
    1. Bobcat VersaHandler TTC Safe Operation Examination
  8. Final Comments