How Do I Get A Forklift License?



While OSHA does not require a license to operate forklifts, it is a feature that is frequently requested. XO Safety Academy's Online Forklift Operator Safety Training provides OSHA Compliant Training from a certified expert, and forklift license features like you've never seen

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Forklift Training Requirements

The regulations require that the forklift training consist of three elements: Formal instruction, hands on training, and performance evaluation.


Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee), and evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace.

Authorized Forklift Trainer

The employer has the authority to designate a person to train and certify employees to operate forklifts.  It is important that the trainer have the knowledge, training and experience.  It is a good idea to document this designation in writing, with an explanation of why the employee was selected.


All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence.

Forklift Training Content

The Powered Industrial Truck regulations include a complete list of the items that must be included in forklift training.  Refer to the regulations to evaluate your training program.

We recommend the Forklift Operator Training DVD Compliance Kit.

Recommended Products

Forklift Operator Training Compliance Kit

Online Forklift Operator Safety Training


29 CFR 2910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks

OSHA Letter of Interpretation - Trainer Qualifications

OSHA Safety and Health Topics - Forklifts

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  • robert

    Feb 02, 2018


    There is a pretty good guide on getting a forklift license that I found online.

  • Jordan Curry

    Sep 13, 2017

    Jordan Curry

    Oh wow, I didn’t know you needed a license to operate forklift machinery. Good thing there’s great info like this to keep up informed on how it’s done and the whole process.

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