Performing forklift operation in the workplace safely and securely is the number one priority of every employer in Hawaii. With strong manufacturing, agricultural, logistics and warehousing industries, there’s no shortage of job for skilled forklift operators. But before you delve into applying, you must be licensed first. Having a certification is the top concern before an operator gets accepted for a job
An operator without certification or hadn’t been recertified, must take the training, here’s the steps to do it:
Applying for Forklift Certification
The certification course can either be taken by an operator through employer-sponsored training, the employer utilizes their qualified in-house trainer to provide the program. Or if you are new and no prior knowledge driving forklift, you can follow this steps to get certified:
- You must adhere with the training requirements before looking for a training provider in your area. The requirements are listed below for your reference.
- Enroll for the forklift training course in an academy or center that provide course program that meet or exceed OSHA standards. List of training providers or academies in Hawaii is mentioned below.
- Attend the formal and practical parts of the training course. The formal training usually lasts for four hours and incorporates video and power points presentations, theory lectures, simple quizzes, and student-trainer one-on-one discussions. At the end of the formal training, trainees will be given written examination.
- The practical training follows. The actual forklift operation is done at training center’s facility that imitate actual working condition. The trainer supervises the performance of the trainee to grade and evaluate.
- If trainee is successful completing the course, the training provider will issue him license card and certificate of training at the end.
Only certified operator must perform forklift driving job, and license must be specific to the type of forklift tuck you are operating.
Your certification is valid anywhere in the state of Hawaii for three years. If you are contracted for employment in other state, your certificate is recognized by any place in the U.S. and Canada.
Forklift Training Course Requirements
- An applicant must be 18 years old and older, you need present an ID to verify tour age.
- An attendant must have a high school diploma or GED
- Can speak well in English language. Class participation is need during classroom lectures. The operator doing actual job must communicate well with other operators to avoid mishaps and near misses.
- In very good health condition. Taking the training, actual work deployment, and working long hours demand operator to be in perfect shape.
- With good vision. An operator must see everything in his working area to gauge distance while maneuvering and moving the forklift without risking property damage or injury to the people around.
- A good trainee can easily understand trainers instruction.
Forklift Training Academies in Hawaii
- Leeward Community College (OCEWD) - Pearl City, HI 96782
- US Forklift Operator Certification
- IVES Training Group
- Professional Driving Academy - Kaneohe, HI
- Altres – 967 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 591-4950, (808) 591-1711
- Kauai Community College – Lihue
- Safety First Management Group
- Hawaii Carpenter Apprenticeship and Training Fund
- A & E Equipment Rentals
- Crane Hawaii
- Going Home Hawaii - Kilauea Avenue, Hilo
- Vertical Tech
- Hawaii Island Contractors Association
- Kahuku Training Center
- Leihoku Group, LLC
Attending the training
- Must have a valid driver's license or government issued I.D as proof of identification.
- You can bring with you a Xerox copy of the certificate of training and license card that you earned in the past.
- You must wear complete PPEs during the hand-on training: hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, shoes with steel toe, and long sleeve shirt, pants.
Expected salary of forklift operator in Hawaii
A certified operator employed in Hawaii earns at an average hourly wage of $19.14. But salary could vary depending on the competency level of the operator, size of the business, location of the company and state economic status.
You may contact Hawaii labor office and OSHA area office for more information regarding wage, benefits, industrial safety and health and licensing.
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH)
830 Punchbowl Street, Suite 321
Honolulu, HI 96813
OSHA Area Office
Honolulu Area Office
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-146
Honolulu, HI 96850
Cities of HI
Urban Honolulu, East Honolulu, Pearl City, Hilo, Waipahu, Kailua Cdp, Kaneohe, Mililani Town, Kahului, Ewa Gentry, Kihei, Mililani Mauka, Makakilo, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Wailuku, Royal Kunia, Halawa, Ewa Beach, Kailua Cdp, Waianae, Waimalu, Nanakuli , Lahaina, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Waipio, Kaneohe, Station, Kapaa, Ocean Pointe, Kalaoa, Waihee-Waiehu, Waimea Cdp, Maili, Aiea, Holualoa, Ahuimanu, Makaha, Hickam Housing, Pukalani, Waikele, Haiku-Pauwela, Ewa Villages, Lihue, Waikoloa Village, Kula, Makawao, Napili-Honokowai, Wailea, West Loch Estate, Waimanalo, Wailua Homesteads, Pupukea, Laie, Whitmore Village, Waipio Acres, Heeia, Kahaluu, Hawaiian Beaches, Waimanalo Beach, Hanamaulu, Captain Cook, Kalaheo, Waialua, Hawaiian Ocean View, Haleiwa, Kahaluu-Keauhou, Hauula , Ainaloa, Iroquois Point, Puhi, Lanai City, Kilauea, Orchidlands Estates, Kaunakakai, Mountain View