Forklift License in Florida

forklift license FloridaIf you are a resident of Florida and intending to work as forklift driver, your skills is in demand in this state. Many companies in the logistics, distribution, delivery, construction and warehousing want licensed and qualified operators to drive forklifts to move materials.

In year 1999, OSHA stated that all employers must set up a safety policy prorgam for all forklift opertors in the workplace, workers must take the classroom lecture, actual driving and evaluation and be assessed for their competency every three years. Employers failed to comply with the OSHA requirements can result to stiff fine and penalty. 

Therefore, before you get accepted for a job, you must complete a forklift certification. This basic tutorial will help you obtain your forklift license. This article will also assist you if you an employer.

Before you continue, lend me some of your time to READ these helpful articles that can assist you get hold of your forklift license:

If you are an employer who are seeking certification for your workers, CHECK these helpful topics to guide you train your drivers:

Applying for forklift license

  1. First and foremost, you must comply with the training requirements. If you opted to take the course through training centers, the centers set forth prerequisites you need to attain before getting accepted as a trainee. You must be above 18 years old, must have high school diploma, able to write and speak English, and physically fit is the minimum requirements, you can check with them their requirements.

  2. If you are an individual, you may take forklift licensing course offered by training schools. These schools employ qualified trainers and equipped with facilities capable to certify a number of operators at once. List of training schools throughout Florida is below, for your information.

    If you are employed, your employer can set up a training schedule, usually they hire qualified trainer from the school to give the course on-site. In this way, the trainer can tailor the course program to be given in to tackle the issues about workplace condition, types of industrial forklifts being used, skill level of operators and behavior of the workers.

  3. As required by OSHA, the course should compose of formal theory class, practical training and evaluation.

  4. Regardless how the applicant takes the licensing course, he must undergo the certification test, both in written exam and hands-on evaluation.

  5. After passing the test, completion of practical training and performance evaluation, your trainer will give you license card and certificate of training which is valid for three years. This license is nationally recognized.

  6. The operator must take recertification and reassessment at least once every three years. 

Forklift Training Schools in Florida

Sun Coast Safety Council
1145 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
727.373.(7233)
www.safety.org
American Forklift Training
5387 LB McLeod Road Orlando, FL
407-856-5438 (p)
407-386-6459 (f)
www.americanforklifttraining.com
McFatter Technical College
6500 Nova Dr, Davie, FL
+1 754-321-5700
www.mcfattertechnicalcollege.edu
OIC of South Florida
3407 NW 9th Ave #100, Oakland Park, FL 33309
+1 954-563-3535
www.oicofbrowardcounty.org
ITC Industrial Training Center
4281 NW 167th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33055
+1 305-624-0199
www.oshaready.com
Southern States Toyota Lift
Offices in Tampa, Winter Haven, Orlando, Ocala and Jacksonville
800-226-2345
www.sstlift.com
American Forklift Rental
387 LB McLeod Road Orlando, FL 32811
407-856-5438
407-386-6459
www.americanforkliftrental.com
McKinnon Equipment & Services
6907 Broadway Avenue, Jacksonville, FL
904.693.9200
800.340.0451
1915 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL
407.843.0134
800.330.0134
Keytroller, Inc.
3907 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33614
Tel. (813) 877-4500
Fax (813) 871-6250
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SWS Environmental Services
1619 Moylan Rd. Panama City Beach, FL
850.234.8428
850.234.2451
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www.swsenvironmental.com
Andersen Material Handling
1360 S.W. 32nd Way, Deerfield Beach, FL
877-521-1850
954-246-2201
www.andersenmh.com
Career Tech
2219 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL
888-688-4308
www.careertech.info
Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau
11112 Boggy Creek Drive, Orlando, Florida 32824
(800) 327-1386
www.cicb.com
Ring Power Lift Trucks
Several office locations in Florida
877.544.5438
www.lifttrucks.ringpower.com
Florida Training Academy
103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 102 Jacksonville, Florida 32216
(904) 551-0918
www.fltraining.com
Clark The Forklift
866.252.5275
www.clarkmhc.com
Forklift Training Shop
7975 West 20th Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33014
305-456-5162
www.forklifttrainingshop.com
Central Florida Safety Training, LLC.
P.O. Box 90094 Lakeland, FL 33804
p: (863) 859-2018
Toll: (800) 211-5599
www.centralfloridasafety.com
Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.
4152 West Blue Heron Blvd Suite 110
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
(561) 845-8233 / (800) 640-2415
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www.safetycouncilpbc.org
Forklift Training Systems
614-583-5749
www.forklifttrainingsystems.com

Forklift Operator Retraining

OSHA standards require operators to undertake retraining in these circumstances:

  • When the operator’s license or certification has expired, recertification is required as mandated by OSHA.
  • When newly hired operators are unfamiliar with the type of forklift being used in workplace, he must be trained to operate the forklift.
  • Employers who are in constant monitoring of the performance of the operators must retrain their workers when they perform poorly in a regular evaluation.
  • Operators involved in workplace accidents or engaged in unsafe use of the forklift must likewise be retrained.

The trainer must document the retraining process by having an attendance sheet, taking of pictures of retraining process, presentation of the specific program course, giving a new certificate of training and other ways necessary to prove that recertification has been done. The documentation is vital in case OSHA inspector requires for it.

Salary of a Licensed Forklift Operator 

A certified forklift operator employed in Florida can receive an hourly wage of $16.00 that means an annual salary of $33,000 in average.

As of March 31, 2017, according to Salary.com, here are the cities and towns of this state with high paying wages:

$34,363 - Boca Raton
$32,666 - Bradenton
$33,283 - Brandon
$33,022 - Clearwater
$33,705 - Fort Lauderdale
$33,057 - Hialeah
$33,705 - Hollywood
$33,368 - Jacksonville
$34,239 - Miami
$33,198 - Orlando
$32,816 - Pembroke Pines
$33,705 - Pompano Beach
$33,022 - Saint Petersburg
$32,457 - Sarasota
$33,319 - Tampa
$33,020 - West Palm Beach

The demand for forklift operator never diminishes in this state and will continue to rise because of the introduction of new businesses. In Georgia, the closest state, operator wage is lower.

If you searching for job as forklift operator. these articles can assist you:

Governing Bodies:

In case you need more information about forklift licensing, wages and benefits, and implemented legislations, visit governing bodies:

USF Safety Florida
www.usfsafetyflorida.com
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 56,
Tampa, FL 33612

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
(850) 245-7105 (tel)
(850) 921-3223 (fax)

Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street Caldwell Building Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120

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