All employers doing business in Connecticut must comply with OSHA Req. 1910.178, this legislation stipulates that forklift operator get hold of a forklift license and should be competent to drive the machine by taking required certification and assessment.
Applicants with forklift certification are more likely to be hired by employers, so they do not have to send the operators to take forklift training and avoid possible fines and penalties for hiring untrained operators.
If you want to begin a career, being licensed or certified is the first step to accomplish.
Forklift License Application
Taking the training and getting your certification is not complicated as you may think. It only involves passing the exam and evaluation. Here’s what you need to do:
- Find a school or training center that offer OSHA standard forklift training course. List of schools is Connecticut is below.
- Enlist for the schedule. Enrolling the training does cost some amount of money, how much will depend on the duration of the training course you need.
- Attend the training classes. The classes will consist of formal lecture and actual operation. The trainer will perform formal classroom by giving lectures, power-point presentations, trainer-student discussion, accident videos, and other related materials. After that, the student will demonstrate what he learned from the classroom through actual hand-on operation, the trainer oversee his overall performance. He needs to be satisfactorily evaluated by trainer.
- You need to pass the written exam with 70% passing rate and convince your trainer that you are competent to drive the forklift safely.
- After course completion, the school will issue you certificate of training and certification card. These are proofs that you are successful. Your employer may take copies of these documents; the original copy will be yours to keep and you can present these in case you want to venture out to apply for other companies.
The certification has 3 year expiration. You need recertification every three years as well and superior demonstration of level of competency.
Certification of forklift operators working for private companies in Connecticut is regulated by CONN-OSHA.
Connecticut has a law obliging all forklift operators working in construction sites to hold wallet certification card as evidence that they have completed the OSHA required construction training course, aside from the forklift training they must take.
Forklift Training Schools in Connecticut
- Allstate Commercial Driver Training School – Seymour, CT
- Safety Aspects LLC
- US FOC
- Safety Equipped, Inc.
- IVES Forklift Training
- NITCO Materials Handling Solutions
- Able Warehousing & Equipment Inc - East Hartford, CT
- Cargo Tec – Bloomfield, CT
- Eric Starvish Repair
- Northeast Industrial Truck
- Forklift Services and Sales
- Neco Systems - Waterbury, CT
- Superior Fork Lift, Inc. – Wallingford
You can take forklift training from school in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, and apply for work in Connecticut.
Other Cities and Towns of CT
Andover, Ansonia, Ashford,Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin,Bethany,Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bozrah, Branford, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canaan, Canterbury, Canton, Chaplin, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Coventry, Cromwell, Danbury, Darien, Deep River, Derby, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, East Windsor, Eastford, Easton, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Greenwich, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Ebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, Monroe, Montville, Morris, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Branford, North Canaan, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Oxford, Plainfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Prospect, Putnam, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salem, Salisbury, Scotland, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Sprague, Stafford, Stamford, Sterling, Stonington, Stratford, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Trumbull, Union, Vernon, Voluntown, Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Woodstock.
Forklift Training Requirements
- 18 years old and above
- High school diploma
- Can communicate well with others
- Can write and speak English
- In very good health
- Passed drug test
- No substance abuse
- Good background check
- Driver’s license, if employer will require for it
Types of Forklift Certification
- Operator certification that stress out the importance safe forklift driving at the workplace. This course is given to new operator or experience ones during recertification. The course involve formal education and actual operation.
- Train-the-Trainer Program – This is for on-site instructors who want to upgrade competency to be able to certify other forklift operators at the workplace according to the training standards laid down by OSHA.
Salary of licensed forklift operator in Connecticut
According to US BLS, there’s a constant demand for qualified forklift operators in this state and will continue to go up in the next 5 years. In the state of Connecticut, an operator can be paid at $16.46 per hour or $34,230 per year.
During busy days of company production, operator may assign to work longer hours.
For more much need information such as current laws and legislation affecting your health and safety standards and licensing procedures, you may visit these offices:
Connecticut Department of Labor
200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Connecticut Licensing Information Center
05 Brook Street, Bldg 4. Rocky Hill, CT 06067
1-800-392-2122 or 860-571-7136
Hartford Area Office
450 Main Street, Room 613
Hartford, Connecticut 06103