TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck

Our experienced trainers can assist you or your team in gaining the skills needed to operate a variety of common and vital industrial machines, including forklifts

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Our comprehensive forklift licensing course is suited to those who may be working in warehouses or other industries where a forklift may be used to shift loads.

The course covers all aspects of forklift operation including planning your movements, maintenance checks, safe movement of loads and more. At the completion of the course, successful students can apply to SafeWork NSW to receive their licence which is valid anywhere in Australia.

High risk work licence

A forklift licence is a high risk work licence that is issued by SafeWork NSW. At the completion of the course, successful participants will be given an application form for their high risk work licence. Once filled out, this form can be taken to an Australia Post outlet, along with 100 points of identification and a passport photo.

Once the application has been submitted, SafeWork NSW will issue your licence. Your licence is not given to you immediately after completing your course.

Participant moving large boxes around a warehouse using a forklift.

About this course

This course provides participants the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely.

Forklift truck means a powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other arms that can be raised 900 mm or more above the ground but does not include a pedestrian-operated truck or a pallet truck. This unit requires a person operating a forklift truck to plan the work, conduct routine checks on a forklift truck, shift loads in a safe manner, and safely shut down and secure equipment after completing operations.

Duration: 3 days (24 hours - 16 hours training, 8 hours assessment)

Student/trainer ratio: 8:1

Course objectives and content

  • Planning of work.

  • Conducting routine checks on a forklift truck.

  • Shifting loads in a safe manner.

  • Safely shutting down and securing equipment after completing operations.

Participant driving a forklift truck around a warehouse.

Qualifications for successful participants

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TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck

TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck FAQs

No, you must apply to SafeWork NSW following successful completion of the course for your licence.

Once SafeWork NSW assessment has been successfully completed, you will receive a SafeWork NSW Notice of Satisfactory Assessment (NSA) which is valid for 60 days. A licence application fee is payable to Australia Post for the licence card, which is issued by SafeWork NSW and is nationally recognised. The licence will need to be renewed by SafeWork NSW every five (5) years.


To complete this course, participants must reside in NSW and be able to provide 100 points of identification prior to the assessment commencing.

Any person who in their workplace may be required to obtain their high risk work licence for using a forklift truck in their workplace.