Telescopic handler – suspended/ underslung loads under CPCS


CPCS are scheduled to release a new category in 2016 to cover the lifting and transport (pick & carry) of suspended loads with telehandlers using hook attachments.

This has been an eagerly awaited endorsement owing to the confusion over using telehandlers with suspended loads on a number of sites.

The Strategic Forum – Plant safety Group published a document outlining good practice when lifting and travelling with suspended loads using telehandlers. SFPSG-Guidance-Lifting-Suspended-Loads-with-Telehandlers-2014-05-16

Existing CPCS telescopic handler card holders will need to sit a theory and practical test to gain the A17E endorsement on their cards.

We anticipate a high uptake for this test, if you’d like too register your interest and be with the first to gain this endorsement in January 2016, please get in touch.


  1. How much to upgrade please?

  2. Please stop all the confusion with this ,i have a telehandler ticket with npors ,some say you cant use the machine as a crane ,the use of common sence should apply at all times

  3. Hi Sion

    what about holders of the Telehandler all sizes including 360?

  4. Good question Jas. I think it’s great how ACOP are always upfront with answers to the myriad of questions surrounding CPCS…..So many training providers are clueless or unwilling to share information,but kudos to you Sion…..from what I see, you guys have got it together and I look forward to training with you in the future.

  5. I have cpcs all sizes Inc 360° roto telehandler, obviously this is another way of making more money out of us operators. It’s a f..king joke !!! But unfortunately it’s my livelihood so I am going to have to do this even know I’ve operated roto telehandlers with jibs and winches among many other attachments for 18yrs now all of a sudden I need another category. Can you send me the relevant information many thanks Graeme.

  6. I have cpcs all sizes Inc 360° roto telehandler as well as a crawler crane ticket which includes pick and carry / underslung, would I still have to sit the new test for underslung telehandlers.

  7. I have just done my nvq on the a17 and they said nothing about this at the time I s right to think I can’t pick up a load with a hook with the right attachment and travel with it now I do no sum sites ie kier group don’t allow any under slung load how must would this cost me now it getting a joke paying all this money as I am agency driver I have to pay it myself

  8. Hi have you got a price for this and what is covers. Can I still lift 1 ton bags or do I need the a17e?

  9. I’ve been driving Rotos for 8 years now
    How much does this new rip off cost and where can I go get it

  10. Hi sion can you sent it to me a17e too manythanks John Grimes

  11. Hi Sion,

    When will it become mandatory to have this extra ticket ?

  12. Hi Sion

    Can you send me some details on the A17E looks like we will all have to do it eventually.


  13. Hi SIAN,
    Can you send me some more information regarding the A17E. ManyThanks

  14. Sion please can you forward info and prices for the E cert, I have completed the A17D licence through ACOP Training

  15. Please send me info on new A17e ticket

  16. Hello, can i get some info about the training price location and hoe many days ? I have all sizes and360 slew , thank you very much

  17. I need underslung ticket to please.And price on test A17e

  18. Hi sion can u send me information about the A17e please

  19. How much is the course.I see people asking but not getting a straight answer

  20. Hi
    Is it legal to operate roto with winch attachment with A17D category


  21. Hi Richard

    I have emailed you a response. many thanks

  22. Melake

    I have sent you an email. Thanks

  23. Hi can you, send me information on the a17 e cert and any courses available.

  24. So,I’ve been working for many years with blue cpcs,with hook,bucket,mancage,all sorts of attachments that were covered by the actual cpcs,lifting bags,trusses, etc,all perfectly safe. Now it seems we need an “endorsement” for every attachment. Funny. Where do we find documentation for the test?

  25. Sion Jones, please send me an email with the documentation aswell, looks like I’ve got to book a test

  26. Hi Paul
    Thanks for getting in touch. I have emailed you with information regarding the CPCS A17E category. Many thanks

  27. Hi sion is there any sites I can go on to look for Cpcs A17D & A17E for tele handler underslung, questions and answers please my husband as got his test next week and I have looked everywhere for books websites etc, I’d really appreciate any help, thanks Ann,

  28. Hi , can you,mail me details for A17E please I have been using a tellehandler for 30 odd years . And often use a hook attachment and slings.

  29. Hi, please could you send me details for getting the a17e category added to my Telehandler licence. Thank you

  30. Hi Sion,
    Can you send me the info on underslung loads cpcs.
    I have blue card for TELEHANDLER all sizes inc 360 slew.

  31. Send me details of course an price plese

  32. Can you forward me this information on suspected load please cheers gary

  33. Can you send me details
    Of the one day course a 17 e
    And where and when I can do
    Graham Wardrope

  34. this is a joke that people with blue ticket have to do another part now, just because citb want more money of people, anyone with a blue ticket shouldn,t need to do it , since we have done it for more than 5 years

  35. if a CPCS blue card holder has A17 telescopic handler C all sizes excl. slew, and A60 mobile crane C all duties, could these be combined for a CPCS telescopic handler category to cover?

  36. Siôn, could you send me email with information about A17E add on please

    Thanks in advance

  37. Hi Sion,

    Is there a particular category you need on the CPCS card to operate a 360 telehandler for winch duties? Or will the normal A17 category cover it?


  38. I had a 360 telehandler ticket on my card. When my employer renewed it they put the category not inc 360. I have only noticed it now that my 360 is suspended is there a time limit on how I can get it reinstated?

  39. Could you please send me some information on gaining the suspended load qualification onto my blue card and price please

  40. Hi Sion,
    Please could you possibly send me also as much info on the one day course for the’s good to hear views from fellow Telehandlers about all this. I new nothing about with the exception of a kier site who did not allow underlining. 21yrs a formidable and still having to move with the times.While I’m here has anybody got problems in having to where seatbelts where the inersure keeps pinning you tighter to the seat the Orange ones on the JCs seem real bad and how often do we have to get out the cab on busy sites? All this health and safety makes me feel like giving up .our jobs are very stressful and as we all know health and safety seems to be when it suits the finance on the job.
    Thanks Sion and all the very best to us forkies out there!
    Regards Garon Williams.

  41. Can you please send info to me regarding this change thanks paul

  42. hi i have a17 all size which is the price for a17e and if it is the theory exam and basically how many questions.thanks

  43. I have cpcs telehandler
    But not suspended load, how much it cost to upgrade my cpcs to A17E, and how?

  44. How can these machines be used for pick and carry duties when none of the manufactures supply duty charts for pick and carry duties?
    I know of a trainer who refused to continue the training course, and sent the guys home, as the machine duty charts did not contain a page for pick and carry lifts.

  45. Why do you need it another way to get money out of people, its a disgrace always used a carriage with hook to lift equipment etc. I wouldnt attempt to do it any other way .

  46. How much does it cost to do this course ,I already have a all sizes telescopic forklift license

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