How much is the forklift licence?

The cost of the three-day forklift licence course in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Beenleigh is $490. You can check the current schedule here.

What is a forklift certificate?

A forklift certificate ticket is a common term for a forklift licence. There is no other certification of qualification that permits an individual to operate a forklift other than the LF licence and its training program. There is a Statement of Attainment issued on successful completion of the forklift course which takes the form of a certificate.

Are forklift operators in demand?

Yes. According to the Australian Government Job-Outlook guide, there is strong future growth for forklift operators. See more here.

Will Centrelink pay for my forklift course?

We are not able to say whether another party can pay for training on your behalf. Speak to your consultant and explain your circumstances and goals, and ask whether there is any funding assistance available for you.

Do forklift licences expire in Qld?

Yes, forklift licence is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue. One the licence has expired, you have 12 months to renew it. If it has expired for more than 12 months, you are required to re-set the assessment and re-apply for a licence.

Can I get a free forklift licence?

We cannot offer free forklift training. All the programs have a cost. If you are looking for a government-funded training program that includes the forklift course, check out our SkillsPack Certificate III program here.

How long is a forklift course?

The forklift course runs for three days. Day 1 is a combination of theory and practical training, day 2 is all practical training, and day 3 is the written assessment followed by the practical assessment.

Is driving a forklift hard?

The exercise of driving a forklift is not hard for most, however, there is a difference between driving a forklift and operating a forklift in a high volume environment. Forklift operators have to have a high level of spatial awareness and attention to factors that can place themselves and others at risk. Hand-eye co-ordination is a skill that can be developed as the operator develops.

Why do most forklifts have three pedals?

The pedal on the right is the accelerator, which controls the engine speed. The middle pedal is a normal brake. The left pedal is a “de-clutching pedal”, or “inching brake”. It is a combination brake and clutch pedal that allows the transmission to be disengaged without selecting neutral. This means an operator can increase the engine RPM to lift a load, while only moving at a slow travelling-speed. Releasing the pedal incrementally will allow the RPM to remain high, while inching the machine forward to place a load.

Do forklifts have a clutch?

Old manual transmission forklifts may have a clutch, but generally no. The third pedal is an inching-brake, explained above.

Do forklift operators make good money?

Yes. The Australian Government Job-Outlook guide places the average weekly salary of a forklift driver at $1113.00.

How much do forklift drivers get paid in Australia?

The Australian Government Job-Outlook guide places the average weekly salary of a forklift driver at $1113.00.

Can you fail a forklift test

Yes, it is possible to fail a forklift test. We provide one re-assessment at no additional charge with any booking.

What is the difference between LO and LF Forklift Licence?

The LF forklift licence is the most common licence. It is for any forklift with a mast, where the driver operates the equipment from a control position at ground level.

The LO Order Picking Forklift, or order picker, is a machine that allows the operator to ascent into a racking or shelving system to pick stock by hand, and place them onto a pallet or cage on the tynes of the Order Picker.

What forklift can I drive with an LF licence?

Any forklift with a mast, without weight restriction.

Will my Job Active provider pay for my training course?

We are not able to provide that information – you will need to speak to your Job Active service provider about what assistance may be available to you.

Where can I get a forklift licence in QLD?

We have permanent training facilities in South East Queensland.

  • Eagle Farm
  • Molendinar
  • Beenleigh

For more information on locations, click here.

Is the forklift licence Australia wide?

Yes. The LF forklift licence is a nationally recognised qualification.

Can I drive a Forklift on the road?

You can drive a forklift on a public road when you hold a current forklift licence, a current drivers licence and the forklift is registered. The intention is for a forklift to be used as intended, in the course of executing a work action. It is not to be used as a means of conveyance, E.g. as a substitute for a car.

What type of forklift can I drive?

Any LF forklift with a mast and carriage mechanism – e.g. counterbalance and hi-reach.

What weight does my forklift licence cover?

There is no limitation placed on the weight of the machine.

Does the forklift licence cover a container handling forklift?

Yes, as long as it is fitted with a mast and carriage mechanism. E.g. a reach stacker which has a crane-type boom is not an LF forklift – it is a CN or RS.

Why did the forklift course used to take one day but now takes longer?

There have been many changes in the forklift competencies over the past five years. The training and assessment model has been made significantly more robust by workplace health and safety authorities Australia-wide due to the increasing number of incidents involving that type of equipment. The cost is relative to the duration and has increased in line with that.

What types of forklifts are used on the training course?

We tray and have a diverse a range of equipment as is possible. Machines from different manufacturers with differing operation methods are used, e.g. Crown, Hyster, Mitsubishi, TCM and Samsung.

Do I need a forklift licence?

If you ever operate a forklift, even for a brief period of time you must either hold a forklift licence or be in a training program with a Registered Training Organisation to achieve one.

I own the Forklift and the business – do I still need the licence?

Yes. It is like owning a car – that doesn’t give you the authority to operate it if you have no licence, even if it is on your own property.

What does the forklift test cover?

The forklift test is a combination of theory and practical operation elements, which contains critical and non-critical sections. Critical sections must be 100% correct; the non-critical sections allow a little more flexibility for incorrect answers. There is also now a calculations section whereby you must assess loads to calculate the weight to be handled. Calculators are permitted for this section.

  • Pre-operational checks
  • Workplace hazards
  • Risk assessment
  • Safe operation of a forklift
  • Manoeuvring
  • Controls and basic functions
  • Attachments
  • Refuelling
  • Racking, pallets, and loads
  • The theory and practical assessment

Where can I find the answers to the forklift test or assessment?

During your course, you will be issued a learner guide. All the material you need to know to pass the assessment is contained in the learner guide. You are also taken through each element step by step during the theory training process. You WILL have to study the learner guide.

How long does the forklift test or assessment take?

Depending on how quickly the group moves through the theory assessment, (up to three hours) the activity is normally completed in half to two-thirds of a work day. If it is just one person then it is normally over by lunch time, for example.

How much is the forklift course?

The cost will vary depending on the location. Go to our home-page for more information, or click the book now button for individual pricing and location options. There are group discounts available so it is wise to call and talk to us, so we can tailor something specific to you.

How old do you have to be to get a forklift licence?

You must be 18 years old to sit the assessment. If however, you are within six months of turning 18, you can begin the logbook training process. It is best to call our training hotline on 1300 556 387 to discuss options.

When are forklift courses scheduled?

Every week in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We can generally get you into a course with as little as a few days notice.

Can I get an onsite forklift licence?

Yes. We can either deliver an entire course on a customer premises anywhere in Queensland, or we can deliver a two-part training program in the form of forklift logbook training.

Where do I get a forklift logbook?

Forklift logbooks can only be issued by Registered Training Organisations, like ourselves, and these are only valid after there has been an accredited and documented formal training process.

What is a forklift logbook?

A forklift logbook is a formal record of training and ongoing activities completed under the supervision of a licenced operator. This is part of a broader training program and is only valid for a limited time.

What is involved in forklift logbook training?

This is a three part process. Part one is the formal training, whereby the essential elements of face operation are taught, as well as vehicle stability and control. Part two is the accrual of a minimum of 40 hours of workplace experience under the supervision of a licenced operator. Part three is the assessment. All of these are generally conducted in your workplace, but can also be done at any of our sites.

What identification do i need to do the forklift course?

Photographic ID is required to be sited before commencing the training program. Once completed you are required to lodge an application with Australia Post who will need 100 points of identification to lodge your licence.

What is forklift licence renewal?

This is the five-yearly process of renewing the new photographic class of licence. It will require a reapplication with Australia Post each five years. Because the new system is exactly that, new, the first of the renewals will not be due for a couple of years yet. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to renew the licence prior to expiration.

Does my forklift licence expire?

Yes. The photographic licences are valid for a period of five (5) years. They can be renewed at an Australia Post Branch.

Is my paper or cardboard forklift licence still good?

No. All old style paper and cardboard forklift licences have now expired. You will need to sit the forklift assessment and re-apply for a new photographic licence.

Is my old blue and yellow plastic licence still good?

Probably not; almost all the old plastic non-photographic licences have now been expired by WHSQ. Call us for more information.

What will I be taught on the forklift course?

All of the elements from the assessment will be taught on the course. Pre operational checks, stability theory, risk assessment and safety, vehicle operation, pallet racking, various load types, estimation of weights – everything that is required to pass the assessment – it’s up to you to make it happen and remember it though!

What is a forklift training plan and do I need one?

Yes, you need one if you are in any training. The training plan is a document developed during the formal training that is designed to measure the level of training you require and document it for the training process. It is a formality but is legally required.

What sort of jobs could I get with a forklift ticket?

The forklift is probably one of the most versatile pieces of equipment around and can be found in a huge variety of businesses.

What is the national code of the course?

TLILIC2001A – Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck.

How do I get a Forklift Licence in Brisbane?

Complete and pass a forklift training course and assessment.

What is a forklift ticket?

A forklift ticket is a colloquial term for a forklift licence. There is no other certification of qualification that permits an individual to operate a forklift other than the LF licence and its training program.

Training centres in South East Queensland


Ph: 1300 556 387

19 Showgrounds Drive, Beenleigh QLD, Australia

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Ph: 1300556387

7/231 Holt St, Eagle Farm QLD 4008, Australia

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Gold Coast

Ph: 1300556387

Unit 13, 6-8 Enterprise Street, Molendinar, Gold Coast

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