forklift license ArizonaQualified and licensed forklift operators in Arizona are very in demand due to the progress of construction industries and logistics businesses in this state.  Employers typically favor those job applicants who have been certified or have a considerable amount of experience driving forklifts. An applicant intending to work as forklift operator can take the training course through accredited school or provider.

Having a forklift license can be your most valuable advantage to get hired by an employer in Arizona or if you are presently working as a forklift operator, then already you know that becoming OSHA certified is a prerequisite. 

How to Get Forklift License

  1. Enroll for the training course with the school you’ve chosen. List of schools in Arizona and requirements are mentioned below.
  2. Attend the theoretical training and practical training. The theoretical classroom lecture can be completed in just 5 hours. The practical training or hands-on operation is the vital part of the course, at this part, the trainer will review your competency driving forklift.
  3. Take the written test and practical training exam.
  4. If you’re successful passing the tests, you will be issued with forklift certification and license card.
  5. The forklift license is valid for three years.

An operator without forklift license can be trained by an in-house trainer of the company he is working for to comply with OSHA training requirement.

If you’re an employer and needing much need training and skill upgrade for your forklift operators, you can also contact the school, the school can send a certified trainer to your workplace to conduct the training. This is ideal because the trainer can suit that type of training he can give specific to the need of the workers’ actual working environment.

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Forklift Training schools in Arizona

You can become certified only when you attend the course in person. There are several training providers that you can find that offer online certification. I am not an advocate of this because the knowledge you can gain through this method is limited compared to attending the training in actual aside from you cannot be completely trained.

Here are the training schools in Arizona:

PO Box 16205, Phoenix, Arizona
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Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling
4335 E. Wood St.
Phoenix (602.904.6763)
4217 E. Gila Ridge Rd.
Yuma (928.344.8792)
2905 N. Flowing Wells Rd.
Tucson (520.623.5865)
823 Frontage Rd.
Rio Rico (520.281.9445)
Alliance Material Handling
3324 E Atlanta Ave., Phoenix
Toll 800-543-1966
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Forklift University
2733 N. Power Rd Suite 102-262
Mesa, AZ 
Toll: (888) 674-9992
Toyota Lift, Inc.
Arizona Office
(866) 797-8416
Pioneer Roofing 
9221 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix
Handling Systems, Inc.
2659 E. Magnolia St. Phoenix
2725 N Grand Ave., Nogales
Tucson (520.281.4125)
Arizona Safety Plus, LLC
PO Box 50823, Mesa, Arizona
Forklift Certification (Arizona)
130 E.Lawrence Rd., Phoenix
Arizona Hi-Lift
830 S. 23rd Ave., Phoenix
P: (602) 462-1315
F: (602) 462-1321
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Sunstate Equipment Company
Tucson, AZ
Airborne Forklift Certification and Safety Consultants
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Northern Arizona University
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Images Enterprises LLC
3820 S Palo Verde Road, Suite 113, Tucson
Fleet Services of Arizona, L.L.C.
4635 S. Apollo St., Fort Mohave
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(928) 704-1400
F: (928) 704-6499
Central Arizona College
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Tip: When you are looking for the training school, never disclose to them the type of lift truck you want to be trained on, just ask what are the forklift training they can propose. The reason for this is because you do not want to receive an answer that they are specialized for that particular training you need, even though they are not.

Forklift Certification Curriculum

The curriculum is consisting of theory and actual operation. The topics that will cover are the following:

  • Safety Training
  • General Operating Procedures
  • Vehicle Maneuvering
  • Load Management
  • Operational Maintenance
  • Reporting of hazard in the workplace
  • Risk analysis
  • First-hand Experience
  • Load computation
  • Post-operational check up
  • Proper parking

At the end of the course, the student must pass the evaluation to be certified.

Who Qualifies to Take the forklift certification

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Driver’s license(optional)
  • forklift experience recommended
  • At least with eighth-grade reading level
  • Must be in very good physical condition and can stand for long hours of work
  • Understanding for an accurate inventory of materials

Salary of a Licensed Operator

According to, the lift truck driver working in Phoenix can be offered a salary ranging from $30,595-$39,213 per year. There’s a great deviation of wages from town to town in Arizona.

For more information about forklift operator salary of every city in this state, check this operator salary matrix.

The reasons for this differences in wages could be skill level and experience of the worker, size, and stability of the company. While in the neighboring state of New Mexico, operator hourly wage is slightly higher. 

Here are the cities of AZ with the highest pay as of October 31, 2018:

Aguila $35,352 Peoria $35,641
Avondale $35,617 Phoenix $35,713
Bouse $35,352 Prescott $32,977
Chandler $35,032 Scottsdale $35,032
Flagstaff $33,337 Sierra Vista $33,059
Gilbert $35,032 Sun City $35,569
Glendale $35,713 Surprise $35,151
Goodyear $35,496 Tempe $35,032
Lake Havasu City $36,942 Tucson $33,420
Mesa $35,032 Yuma $36,943

An employee can expect endorsement and salary raise if he can show his value to the company. An ordinary operator who could climb the corporate ladder can be a candidate for a job promotion. In such case, he could become an internal trainer responsible for handling training-related roles.

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Governing Agencies:

If you have questions regarding rules, legislations, and laws pertaining to workplace health and safety, wages and benefits, and forklift operation policies, here are the governing bodies in Arizona:
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) visit their website or personally visit Industrial Commission of Arizona, 800 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ, contact them at (602) 542-4411

Other Locations of AZ

Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Bullhead City, Camp Verde, Casa Grande, Chandler, Chino Valley, Coolidge, Cottonwood, Douglas, El Mirage, Eloy, Flagstaff, Florence, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Marana, Maricopa, Mesa, Nogales, Oro Valley, Paradise Valley, Payson, Peoria, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Queen Creek, Safford, Somerton, Sahuarita, Guadalupe, San Luis, Surprise, Scottsdale, Yuma, Winslow, Wickenburg, Tempe, Sedona, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Tolleson, Snowflake,


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