Forklift / Order Picker Licences & Machinery Competency Cards Gold Coast

The Operator School is a Government approved Registered Training Organisation based in Arundel on the Gold Coast. We have been in the business of forklift and machinery training and licencing since 1999.

Training and Licencing delivered by The Operator School satisfies the needs of employer’s and trainees.

We make it straight forward to get your high risk forklift and or order picker licence. or earthmoving machinery “competency cards” (formerly licence).

Our sister company The Driving School also offers heavy vehicle driver training. MR – MC Classes for Qld and NSW (see link at the bottom of this page).

The following licence classes are offered:

The high risk Work competencies (Forklift and Order Picker) are taken from TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package. Licences are issued in Queensland but are recognised nationally.

All of the earthmoving competencies are taken from RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package.


(Civil competencies only, not mining)

Eligible applicants must be an existing worker in the Queensland building and construction industry (employed for at least for 1 month) and must be a permanent resident of Queensland OR be permanently employed in Queensland. Click here for further information.

Forklift and machinery courses consist of small groups or 1 to 4 people. This ensures that the quality of training remains high and encourages participation. We run courses from Monday to Saturday on a regular basis.

Training can be conducted at our premises in Arundel or on site in your workplace.

Courses normally commence at 8.00 am. The finishing time is dependant on the student’s ability and the type of training course they have booked, but normally this is mid afternoon.

We also offer refresher training for employers looking to keep licenced staff up to date with current procedures and legislation, refresh their memory on the basics and eliminate any bad habits that may have developed.

Changes to Earthmoving Licences

For the first time and in response to industry calls for greater national consistency, the Commonwealth, States and Territories have all agreed to implement nationally harmonised WHS Legislation to commence from 1st January 2012.

As of 1st January 2012, all of the earthmoving occupations were de-regulated Read_more i.e. do not require a licence to operate. This equipment includes backhoes, front end loaders, excavators, rollers, skid steer loaders, dozers, graders and scrapers. What does an employer or student have to do now to prove competency Read more … trainees that complete a course at The Operator School will be issued with a “competency card” to demonstrate to an employer that a course of training has been done. This is the way that machinery training and assessment will be conducted from this day forward.

For more information about licence requirements for forklift licences and other machinery licences, check out the forklift licence section of this government website.

For information on our heavy vehicle training in Queensland and New South Wales please click on this link to take you to The Driving School