Is my Forklift or Order Picker Licence Still Legal?


This is a current style 5 year renewable High Risk Work Licence

licence-crossAs of 30th June 2014 this style of licence is no longer legal. Call us to discuss arrangements for re-assessment.

Can I still operate a Forklift on my old Paper Licence?


Any paper licence holders who need to operate a forklift or order picker in the workplace will need to undertake further training to bring them up to current Australian standards and ensure they have knowledge of the current Legislation and Regulations. They will need to undertake reassessment and make a fresh application for a forklift licence on line with Work Health and Safety Qld. Talk to us about an RPL course (Recognised Prior Learning).

If I have over 40 hours in a logbook already can I just take the test only?

That depends.

If you have already done your theory training beforehand and have the necessary paperwork issued by a RTO or an employer, to show you were enrolled in a course and completed your theory training, then the answer is ‘Yes’, we should be able to progress you through to your practical exam and finalisation of assessment.

If you have 40 hours logged in a logbook where no theory or formal forklift drivers training was done before you started recording hours in that logbook the answer is a definite ‘No’.


Is my New Zealand (or Overseas) Forklift Licence valid for work in Australia?

No, you need to “cross your licence over” to an Australian Licence. You can contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland 1300 362 128 to see if you qualify for an automatic transfer. However, in our experience licences that can be swapped straight over are in the minority. Most overseas forklift licence holders have to undertake some gap training and re-certification. If your licence is current and you have recent forklift drivers experience, you may qualify for a 1-day RPL gap training course, plus assessments. If your forklift licence is over 5 or 6 years old and it’s been a while since you have used a machine, you will probably find that the full forklift training course or 2-stage course is better suited to your needs.

Do I receive a national Forklift / Order Picker licence at the end of course?

Yes. It is a QLD issued licence recognised nationally and renewable every 5 years.

What do I need to drive a Forklift on the road in QLD?

When driving a forklift on the road, the machine needs to be either road registered or a permit (or exemption) obtained. You also need a high-risk forklift licence and a current QLD driving licence (for the class of car is fine).

What do I do if I missed the 60 day lodgement deadline for my Forklift Licence?

If we trained you…

Under Workplace Health and Safety Legislation, we have regulations to follow which means we have a responsibility to make sure that you are still current and competent on a machine. If we trained and assessed you, then we will obviously know what was covered in our own order picker and forklift course. Therefore, if you only missed the deadline by 1 to 6 months, it maybe possible for you to just resit the theory, the calculation exam and the practical skills test and be issued with new paperwork to get your new forklift licence in QLD.

If you missed your deadline by over 6 months, or if you feel that you struggled with your course and you need a refresher session on either the theory or the practical forklift drivers training, we can arrange for you to spend a day with us — effectively a 1-day RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) course.

If you missed your deadline by over 12 months, then you will be required to re-enrol on a full forklift training course with a view to early assessment.

If we did not train you …

The assessment-only option would not be open to you if your original order picker or forklift training course was not undertaken with us, as we can’t be 100% sure everything that needed to be covered was covered. Given that this is high risk work and the “detail” is important, we would have to start at a minimum of a 1-day gap training course or a full training course with a view to an early assessment, depending on how much time has elapsed since you missed the deadline for the forklift licence application and what you have been doing on the machine since that time.

You will need to complete a booking form and email it back to us, so we can evaluate your previous experience and we can enrol you in an order picker or forklift drivers training course. A letter of support from an employer is a valuable tool in these instances but not essential. Please contact us for more information.

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