Variable Reach Lift Truck - VRLT

This course is available in both an instructor-monitored format and BLENDED format. For the blended format select:
• Variable Reach Lift Truck – Alberta
Powered Mobile Equipment Operator – Alberta


A Variable Reach Lift Truck (VRLT) is a Class VII Rough Terrain Lift Truck and is sometimes referred to as a Telescopic Handler, Telehandler or Zoom Boom.

VRLT Skilled Operator

Who Should Attend?

Skilled operators who operate an excavator as part of their work and are in need of certification.  A skilled operator is one who has at least 100 hours of recent experience operating a Variable Reach Lift Truck.

Under the scrutiny of an evaluator, the skilled operator will demonstrate their ability to operate the VRLT in a safe and efficient manner through a series of driving and operating exercises. Practical assessments take approximately 20-30 minutes.

VRLT New Operator

Who Should Attend?

new operator is one who does not have over 100 hours of recent experience operating an excavator. This course is intended for those needing the training required to meet the basic and knowledge to operate a Variable Reach Lift Truck safely

The new operator will learn how to operate the machine performing the basic duties for what it was intended to perform under the direct supervision of an instructor. They will gain about 2-3 hours of operating experience on the piece of equipment; demonstrating their ability to operate the equipment in a safe and efficient manner through a series of driving and operating exercises.

Course Outline

The course includes both a theory and practical section. The theory portion includes the following topics:
• Workplace requirements
• Safe operation of the machine
• Contents of the machines operators manual

The practical portion includes demonstrating the ability to safely:
• Manoeuvre the VRLT through a series of obstacles
• Change attachments
• Use the attachment

Course Details

Length: Theory: Two – Three hours – Practical will depend on if you are a skilled, or new operator

Certificate: Valid for three years

Prerequisite: None

Cost: Skilled – $225.00. New – $625.00

Note: Smaller class sizes may result in the student taking the theory in our computer lab with the instructor present to monitor and assist the student. Practical components will be taught in-person with the guidance and supervision of the instructor.

Skilled - $225.00. New - $625.00

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