Who Can Certify Forklift Operators?

Who Can Certify Forklift Operators?

Forklift operators can be certified by anyone the employer designates that meets the criteria of 1910.178(l)(2)(iii), which states:

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

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Tips For Designating a Forklift Trainer

  • Should be designated in writing!
  • Must have the knowledge, training, and experience required.
  • Should be a senior employee or supervisor.
  • Must have extensive experience handling the types of loads the drivers will be moving

The employer can decide, on their own, who meets this definition.  We highly recommend this designation is made in writing.  The employer should be careful to consider the three requirements of knowledge, training and experience.

Knowledge Requirement for Forklift Training

Forklift trainers need to have an understanding of safe operation of powered industrial trucks, the hazards in the workplace, and the regulatory requirements.  Many experienced operators have a strong understanding of the first two, but need a refresher on the knowledge portion.  This is where an online forklift safety training course can be handy.

Training Requirement for Forklift Training

While it does not mention a specific certification or type of training, the regulation does require that forklift trainers be trained themselves. This could be a previous school, training from a previous employer, or training from a current employer.  The training should be listed in your documentation.

Experience Requirement for Forklift Training

The forklift trainer should have experience operating the forklifts in the specific work environment that he will be training in.  If you send an employee off to a forklift school to become a trainer, OSHA is likely to frown upon that unless that person has actual experience operating in the workplace.


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  • William B Layton

    Jan 22, 2020

    William B Layton

    This is a very solid answer. So many times when you google that question, what comes up is an advertisement for this program or that.

  • David Norriss

    Dec 06, 2019

    David Norriss

    I think it’s great that you emphasized how a forklift trainer needs to be experienced in working a forklift in the work environment for which they’ll be training. Like if the trainer is giving a training on how to use a forklift in a warehouse then they should have evidence of having worked previously as a forklift operator in a warehouse. This would better train every future operator. Thanks for the advice on who to pick to be a forklift trainer.

  • Lloyd Bronson

    Nov 07, 2019

    Lloyd Bronson

    I’m grateful that you mentioned how a forklift trainer should themselves have extensive experience handling various types of loads, as I admittedly had not considered these prospects. My significant other is interested in learning how to operate a forklift. I’ll be sure to send your article to him, so he can determine what steps to take. https://www.equipsafe.com.au/training-courses/forklift/

  • Raju Kumar yadav

    Mar 15, 2019

    Raju Kumar yadav

    Forklift driver license apli


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