People who search for a cheap forklift licence in Queensland should be aware and careful of the unlimited advertisements for this same service on the market. The course fee by forklift training institutes ranges from $900 in Mackay to just above $400 near the state border.
Note that forklift training Queensland can only be provided by Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Organisation (ASQA). The governmental agency is responsible for ensuring the quality of courses and training organisations that deliver for the Vocational Education and Training sectors (VET).
While there are standards within standards for almost everything, this is not necessarily the case with forklift training. You can find high-quality RTO training schools that are compliant with all the resources for forklift training. There are also RTOs that focus on providing onsite training, including the ones that give training in the mining industry.
Individuals with forklift operating experience are also affiliated with RTOs and work as trainers/assessors after getting accredited from WHSQ.
These individual trainers need accreditation from an RTO and documentation to train legally. They get this done by making a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with any RTO, and the individual trainer pays a significant percentage of their clients’ fee to the RTO – mostly it is well above $100 per student.
The forklift training sector of Queensland has many individual trainers who operate for very short periods of time. They are essentially moonlighters who have discredited the entire training industry.
These trainers may attend your workplace and provide induction and training but leave while you are completing the informal log book training hours. Later, they return for completing your final assessment. This period sometimes goes beyond six months, and by the time they may disappear!
Before choosing a forklift training service provider, be it an individual or an organisation, check with them whether they have an offsite training centre, even if you do not want to use it.
Check with your trainer and verify whether they are directly working for an RTO or operating under a different business name. If they assure you same-day training and test, it is illegal.
Again, if they are making things easier for you when it comes to training and assessment, they are doing it for other trainees as well. It is just a matter of time before they will get caught, and it can lead to the cancellation of the licences for all the people who have passed by those trainers. It means that you lose your licence as well as money. This happened to over 900 people over the past few years.