Now that you are fully decided that you want to become a forklift operator, you need to obtain a license in order to get accepted for a job. Most industrial operation that utilized powered industrial trucks (PIT) such as forklift requires that drivers must be certified. This is just a basic requirement and is something mandatory obliged by OSHA. With good reason, in the US alone there are thousands of forklift-related accidents every year, many incidences caused serious injuries and dozens lead to fatalities.
I would to give a simple advice - just spend small amount of time and effort taking the training, you will reap the benefits.
Now, let's start this by giving you options you can choose to take the training.
Where Can You Receive Your Certification?
This is the most frequent question we hear from students. This endeavor could be worrisome to many but it doesn’t have to be. It only takes a day or two and a small of money to get trained and certified.
Here, we will give you the choices you can take to get your forklift license. Here are the three ways to receive your forklift training:
When you are presently employed, your safety trainer can provide the training on the job. It is your employer’s accountability to give such training for all forklift drivers. In the US, OSHA, as the leading authority, does not certify operators but rather lay out standards for all businesses and individuals to follow. They monitor compliance by facilitating random company inspection. If employer found to be violating the rules, they can be fined for $7,000 or more depending on the severity, and if fatal accidents happened, employer could face criminal liability. The law is strict and stern.
The most beautiful aspect of taking the employer-sponsored training (or on-site training) is that the safety trainer can make appropriate modification to the course curriculum so that it matches with workplace condition and performance of the workers.
With on-site training also, workers can have better understanding of the safety procedure enforced by the company because the procedure can be part of the lectures. Another advantage of on-site training is that workers can have interaction with their superiors to voice out their concerns and issues at work.
- Why On-Site Forklift Training is the Best Choice to Take?
- Is it the Employer's Responsibility to Provide Forklift Training to Workers?
- Can You use Your Forklift Certification to Work in Other Company?
- Can You Use Your Forklift License to Work in Other State?
Attending a Course in the Training School
If you are new and don't have experience operating forklifts, the best option for you is to take a course in the training school. The primary duty of the training school is to teach you how to drive forklifts specific to what you need. The mos important aspect when taking a forklift training course is to be specific of type of forklift you want to be trained on. The training course must be exact to the type and specification of the truck you will be operating. The course is comprised of formal education and actual driving demonstration. A large fraction of the training deals with safe driving. Your classroom lectures will include power point presentation and video presentation. After the course, you will need to pass written and practical tests. You can still retry taking the tests if you failed.
There are two reasons why would you opt to register for a course in the training school.
First, you are a novice wanting to be acquainted driving forklifts and intending to be certified to get accepted for a job. An individual can enroll in a training provider near his location, attend the 4-hour classroom lecture, pass the written examination and get your driving skills evaluated by the instructor, when all is done, and you are adequately rated by the instructor, he will recommend you for certification. You will be given a certificate of accomplishment and operator card. You can show those to your prospective boss as your confirmation that you’ve completed the forklift training.
In this website, we’ve provided list of training schools by state where can you take your certification. Contact them and inquire about what you need. Ask about the cost of the training, schedule and duration, particulars of the course, application requirements, in some circumstances, also ask about if they can provide you job assistance after the training.
Second reason why would you enroll in a training school is because your company does not have such training facility and certified trainer to conduct the training. To comply with the law, the employer may send you to a training school to take the training from, as a setback, you will be away from work for a day or two. You will get paid while off work attending the training.
You can read this guide to help you choose the training school: How to Choose the Best Forklift Training School?
Here are some more articles that could help you:
- How Long Does It Take to Complete the Training?
- How to Pass the Practical Test?
- How to Pass the Written Test?
- How Much Does It Cost You to Get a License?
- When Do You Need Forklift Retraining/Refresher Course
- What are the Requirements Before Taking the Training?
- What Are Your Work Responsibilities and Description?
- What To Do If You Lost Your Forklift License?
There are a handful of training schools/companies that provide training online. You just need an internet connection and you can get the training anytime and anywhere. It opposes the OSHA ruling that forklift training must compose of classroom lectures and hands-on driving. I am not a believer of this method. A question always pops out of my mind – could an operator be really certified through online training? In my opinion, definitely, no!
Here is an article to answer if online certification is right for you: Is taking Forklift Training Online Suits My Requirements?
Where Can You Go to Get Forklift Licence?
The method you will choose may depend on your situation. If you are unemployed and want to shift to this career, you need to be enrolled in a school. If you’re current working, ask your employer to arrange much needed training. If you have packed schedule and don’t have time to attend the training, you can avail the online course.
There you go, I’ve just explained where you can go to receive your training. I look forward for your best career as forklift operator. Always bear in mind to be certified, and be safe!
Having Forklift License is Essential
It is essential for you to have a valid forklift license to keep your job or to seek for a job. Completion of forklift training course will make you in possession of this operator card. Forklift license must be renewed. The renewal duration and process will depend on what country where you are. In the US, Canada and UK, it needs to be renewed at least once every three years to maintain operator’s qualification. In Australia, on the other hand, the renewal is every five years.
Driving forklift without a valid license is illegal. You and/or your company could face a hefty penalty. It is an utmost important for you who are wishing to go into this profession to have a forklift license specific to the kind and characteristic of forklift that you are intending to operate (whether it is electric forklift, internal combustion, narrow aisle truck, order pickers, reach truck, etc). If you already have a forklift license because you were once a forklift operator, then see if it is still valid. If not, take a refresher course or take a new course.
For employers, it is your legal responsibility to supply your forklift operators the necessary training. Don’t falter giving them the training when needed. Having licensed forklift operators is your lifetime guarantee. The most excellent approach for employers to deliver the training is by conducting it actual workplace (onsite). You can do this either by hiring an outside advisor or appoint someone as a trainer from the fleet of operators. If you only have a handful of operators, then, you can take the first option. On the other hand, if you have a large fleet, it is best for you to assign someone to become a permanent in-house trainer.
Forklift license has to be given to successful individuals who’ve completed particular course. The forklift license is solid evidence that you’d been properly trained and certified in accordance with the current regulation. The license has to indicate important information such as names of the trainee and trainer, dates of the training, issuance and license expiration, type of forklift operate, name and address of the company/school that conducted the training, and other vital information that may be deemed necessary.
Here is a video that explains the requirements, contents of the course, different characteristics of forklifts, safety precautions, OSHA regulations, etc:
Forklift license is important. It is something you need to have in your pocket every time you operate forklifts.
To Conclude This
By having forklift certification, you can become a key person for your present employer or prospective employer. Knowing how to drive several types of forklifts can make you qualified to receive high paying job and solidify your future career. The demand for such skill is nonstop and the opportunity in this field will always be there – you could employed in shipyards, ports, logistics and warehousing companies and in construction sites.