How to become a Freight Handler

Freight handlers are responsible for safely loading and unloading cargo from ships, trucks, trains, or other vehicles. They must be able to lift heavy objects, operate machinery, and ensure that all cargo is securely stored. This article will explain how to become a freight handler and the different pathways that are available to you. 

How to become a Freight Handler 

You can become a freight handler by completing a Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations (TLI30319) with Major Training. 

There are two ways to complete this Certificate:

  1. Traineeship 

If you are already employed, you can complete this through a three-year traineeship. This will include the student working in the field whilst studying. Once completed, the student will be a skilled logistics operator. 

Students can also undertake training for this Certificate with C3GFunding. The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. 

Eligibility requirements include: 

  • You are 15 years of age or older
  • Have finished or left secondary school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • Are a Queensland resident
  • Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrant) or temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permit on the pathway to permanent residency or a New Zealand citizen
  • Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).
  • Employment status does not matter, nor is there any minimum education requirement, except the standard entry requirements for the course

A certificate III in Supply Chain Operations will give you the right qualifications to work as a freight handler. This certificate will give you hands-on experience working in the industry whilst studying. 

During your traineeship, one of the course electives that students can choose is to obtain a forklift licence. Having the licence to operate a forklift truck (TLILIC0003) qualification will set you apart from other applicants. This is a necessary licence when working in the warehousing and logistics industry.

Other Skills needed

On top of having your qualification, employees also look for candidates with:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of safety regulations
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management skills 

Other career options 

In addition to a freight handler, there are various other careers that are available with this qualification. These include: 

  • Logistics Operator
  • Warehouse Operator
  • Supply Chain Administration Operator
  • Supply Chain Administration Officer
  • Rail Terminal Operator

Freight handling is an exciting career option for those who enjoy working in physically demanding environments while using their problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills. The certificate III in Supply Chain Operations from Major Training will allow you to grow in this industry and follow your dream career path. Contact Major today on 1300 790 822 for more information or visit here.

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