Tail Lift Training

Tail lifts (also called lift gates) are an important piece of equipment used in transporting freight. Drivers must understand safe loading and unloading or they risk breaking the tail lift, having items fall off, falling off the tail lift themselves, or damaging people or objects around the tail lift.

Overloading tail lifts and falling off tail lifts are two common issues; falls can cause serious injuries such as broken bones and head injuries.

Incorrect use of the tail lift can invalidate the warranty.

This course is valid for tail lift operators worldwide who want to reduce their risk of injury and damage, and get better productivity from their tail lift.

Why do a tail lift online course?

If you've never been shown how to use a tail lift correctly, you could be putting yourself and others at risk, damaging or prematurely wearing out the equipment, or risking goods falling off.

As tail lifts are common, especially on smaller trucks, they are where many drivers begin in their trucking career. Gaining knowledge through these types of courses helps a new driver quickly become safe and productive, and it helps experienced driver sharpen their skills.

What will you learn?

  • The different types of tail lift
  • How to open and close tail lifts
  • How to load and unload a tail lift
  • Common issues and how to troubleshoot them
  • How to do a pre-start check on a tail lift
  • How to do a risk assessment before unloading
  • How to operate multiple types of load handling equipment when loading the tail lift
  • How to load to the tail lift using a forklift or a dock

Who is this course for?

  • Drivers with a tail lift on a truck or ute/pickup
  • Managers and supervisors

What do you get with the course?

If you are purchasing the course for yourself:

  • Full access to all training materials for 6 months.
  • Download a certificate once the course is complete

If you are purchasing the course for your drivers:

  • Free access to all management software
  • Track driver training and produce reports
  • Print or download certificates
  • Invite other managers to help you manage drivers
  • Group your drivers however you like
  • Self-service setup and free support


What happens when you pass the course? You get a certificate of completion.

What training does this complement? Tail lift training is an excellent course to pair with Pre-trip inspection and Heavy vehicle load security.

Is there any instructor-led training? This course is online-only.

Does this course cover every type of tail lift? It covers folding or cantilever tail lifts (with some mention of column tail lifts), plus folding tail lifts (tuck-under and slider-type).

How long is the certificate valid for? Generally, training on this type of machinery is conducted every three years.

Does this course include a practical assessment? No, but that's not to say that you can't conduct a practical assessment in-house using your own tail lift.

Do I have to do NZQA unit standards? No, unit standards are optional. This course contains more information, tips and tricks than the unit standard course.

What tail lifts are covered? We feature cantilever and folding tail lifts from Zepro, Palfinger, Anteo and Dhollandia. We show generic operation, it's not a specific training course for their products. The methods taught are applicable across all tail lifts worldwide.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple drivers
  • It helps if you have access to a truck with a tail lift to practice
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training
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$48.00 + GST per person ($55.20)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 1 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by TR Driver Training

TR Driver Training is New Zealand's largest training company for heavy vehicle drivers

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