How Do I Get A Forklift License?

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This is one of the most common questions. Operating forklifts does not require any special license. You just need to be trained and evaluated by your employer. In the USA, the operator must be at least 18 years old. The employer can designate a person to be a trainer, and that person can train and certify other employees to operate. Just make sure that you have your training records on file, so they can be shown to OSHA if you get a visit.

Let's take a closer look at the requirements.

Forklift Training Format

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

1910.178(l)(2)(ii)

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.

1910.178(l)(2)(iii)

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

Forklift Safety DVD

References

29 CFR 2910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks

OSHA Letter of Interpretation - Trainer Qualifications

OSHA Safety and Health Topics - Forklifts

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Comments

  • robert

    Feb 02, 2018

    robert

    There is a pretty good guide on getting a forklift license that I found online.
    https://forkliftlicensehq.com/forklift-license

  • 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.

  • ernie zamora

    Mar 07, 2016

    ernie zamora

    I’m trying to get my forklift license or a certification to drive a forklift i have 10 years experience on different forklifts

  • Rodger B.

    Nov 03, 2015

    Rodger B.

    It’s cheaper and more effective to do it in house. Our guys came back to the shop from the training center knowing basic operations, but they didn’t know how to move and stack our loads, so we had to train them anyways.

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