F Endorsement

The F endorsement enables an operator of a forklift to operate legally on a road. The definition of a road is quite broad. It includes streets, motorways, beaches, a place to which the public have access (whether as of right or not), bridges, culverts, ferries, fords that form part of a street or motorway, and all sites where a vehicle may be weighed for the purposes of the Land Transport Act. The definition includes locations where there are access to operations such as distribution centres with fenced forecourts but when the gates are open.

 CTLNZ Forklift Operator Training Courses are designed to improve operating technique and make forklift operators more aware of the safety and mechanical implications of forklift operation.

As a result of improved techniques and greater knowledge, your operator becomes more productive and more profitable to your company, as well as meeting the obligations of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 2015.
CTLNZ offers a range of forklift operator courses from learners to 'F' Endorsement. The courses cater for both individual and group requirements and can be held on-site at company premises (subject to numbers)

On Completion of Course

On successfully completing the course Operators will receive:
A Department of Labour approved certificate, and/or a New Zealand Transport Agency certificate (F Endorsement)

A wallet-sized certificate that includes employer's authorisation.


Must hold a minimum of a full Class 1 licence

Must hold a current Forklift OSH Certificate

Be 16 years of age or over 

Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 


$125 including GST per person 

What are my legal obligations?
Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Approved Code of Practice for Forklifts, it is a requirement that all Forklift Operators are trained, certified and authorised to operate forklifts.
Note: Holding a Motor Vehicle Licence, even with an 'F' Endorsement, does not entitle that person to operate a forklift in the workplace.
What would happen if a Forklift Operator had an accident and did not hold a current certificate issued by a Department of Labour Registered Instructor?
The Employer could be liable for prosecution as of the 5th of May 2003:
The maximum fine courts can impose has increased to $500,000, or two years in jail, or a combination of both.
Inspectors can issue infringement notices and impose fines of between $100 and $4,000 for minor breaches of the Act.
Note: Insurance companies may not cover any claims made where the Employer fails to train its staff according to the Act.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)


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