Forklift License in South Dakota - what you need to knowIf you want to be licensed forklift operator in South Dakota you must follow the states’ safety regulations. The state adhered to OSHA general industry standards for forklift safety. The OSHA controls forklift training standards in the US. One of the standards that OSHA requires to all business in the state is to provide enough training for their operators. Businesses and employers have big responsibilities to provide such training to their employees.

If you are an individual looking for training provider to give you license, then you can follow this licensing guide on how to become forklift certified. You must remember that you cannot be certified by online forklift training vendor.

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How to Take Forklift Training 

  1. Forklift training course that you will take will depend on the forklift you want to operate, therefore, identify what kind of truck you want to drive. 
  2. Enroll for a training course at the school. List of of training schools is listed below for your reference.
  3. Attend the classroom lectures or theory, it only takes less than 5 hours to complete. Most of the knowledge will revolve around workplace and forklift operation. Writen test will be administered at the end of the lecture, passing grade is usually 85%. But depending on the standard the training school follows, passing grade may vary.
  4. Attend the practical driving. During this course, your trainer will ask you to perform sets of driving tasks, from starting the machine, positioning pallet, loading, unloading, transporting, moving in ramp, elevating loads to required height, reacharging/refueling, proper parking. 
  5. After you've completed these two most important parts of the course, the classroom lecture and practice driving, the trainer will then send you to the last part which is the certification. During this test, he will again give you sets of tasks to accomplish, but this time, the tasks are harder than the practice driving. Complete the tasks, commit less mistakes, satisfy the trainer and at the end you will be given your forklift license/certificate.
  6. OSHA, in its 1910.178(l)(3) regulation, does require you to be trained and certified and your performance be assessesed at an interval of three (3) years.

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Forklift License Requirements You Need

For someone who is seeking certification and looking for a career in this field, there are some minor requirements before you can be accepted by a training school.

  • You must be a high graduate or can present proof of GED.
  • All forklift trainees must be at the age of 18 years old and above.
  • Operating forklift for long hours demands operator to be physically capable.
  • You must declare what medical prescription you are taking, was it in long-term or just for short term.
  • Every trainee must be cleared of any federal and state criminal record.
  • Driving forklift under the influence of prohibited drug is big “no no”, so you must not be taking such illegal substances.
  • Training schools may require additional requires aside from these.

Please remember that some of the items may be optional but other are required. You may inquire with training schools what requirements they need before enrolling.

Forklift Training Schools in South Dakota

  • Ives Training Group – Serves many states including South Dakota - 1.800.643.1144
  • NMC Material Handling – Provides training in South Dakota , Nebraska and Iowa - 800.628.6025
  • South Dakota Safety Council - 605-361-7785
  • US Forklift Certification – (866) 556-USFC (8732)
  • AGC of South Dakota - 300 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 1, Pierre, SD 57501 - 1-800-242-6373

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Why Having a Forklift License is Important

Forklift training is important, this simple requirements can land you a high-paying job as forklift operator, and when you can grow in this field, you can become a forklift consultant that dictates long term employment and better compensation. When you are hired, having the knowledge you obtained, can reduce workplace accidents, thus saving you from lots of trouble.

For employer, having licensed operators can definitely reduced loss in terms of inventory and maintenance of the forklift. If you are employees are trained, you can look forward for better productivity and work efficiency.
Employers can avoid huge monetary fines and heavy penalty of OSHA as inspectors are randomly visiting businesses.

What can you expect as licensed forklift operator

A licensed operator can expect an hourly pay of $14.02. This is quite lower compared to other neighboring states. In North Dakota is slightly higher of $18.75. North Dakota is placed at the third high paying for forklift operators among other fifty states.

According to the latest report of of March 30, 2017, here are the cities and towns of SD that give high wages forklift drivers:

Aberdeen  $20,125   Rapid City $31,745
Brookings $20,178   Sioux Falls $27,142
Deadwood  $24,781   Watertown $20,178
Pierre $27,089      


Here's a matrix to see how much does forklift operator make in every city/state:

Leading Authorities

If you are seeking safety regulations and employment benefits, you can check these offices:

Occupation Safety and Health Administration - SD

Department of Labor and Regulation
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
(605) 773-3101

Cities of SD

Brookings, Water, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, Huron, Vermillion, Spearfish, Brandon, Box, Elder, Sturgis, Madison, Belle, Fourche, Harrisburg, Tea, Hot, Springs, Dell, Rapids, Mobridge, Milbank, Lead, Canton, Winner, Hartford, North, Sioux, Sisseton, Chamberlain, Flandreau, Redfield, Lennox Fort, Pierre, Custer, Beresford, Springfield, Elk, Point, Webster, Summerset, Volga, Wagner, Parkston, Miller, Groton, Salem, Eagle, Butte, Freeman, Gregory, Clear Lake, Deadwood, Crooks, Britton, Platte, Lemmon, Mission, Garretson, Gettysburg, Clark, Baltic, De, Smet, Martin, Tyndall, Parker, Wessington, Springs, Ipswich, Hill, Whitewood, Arlington, Centerville, Lake, Andes, Worthing, Eureka, Howard, Scotland, Alcester, Highmore, Marion, Viborg, Philip, Edgemont, Estelline, Wall, Valley, Springs, Elkton, Faulkton, St., Francis, Plankinton, Kimball, Armour, Colton, McLaughlin, New, Underwood, Onida, Canistota, Woonsocket, Kadoka, Tripp, Selby, Castlewood, Alexandria, Menno, Burke, Newell, Lake, Preston, Colman, Corsica, Avon, Humboldt, White, River, Waubay, Jefferson, Aurora, Veblen, Dupree, Bowdle, Presho, Bridgewater, Wilmot, Murdo, White, Montrose, Big, Stone, Lake, Norden, Mount, Vernon, Leola, Warner, Bryant, Oacoma, Emery, Timber, Lake, Herreid, Rosholt, Tabor, Faith, Irene, Hurley, Gayville, Hoven, Hermosa, Hayti, Wolsey, Florence, White, Lake, Blunt, Keystone, Bison, Ethan, Buffalo, Roscoe, Wakonda, Langford,

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