Most industrial operations require that forklift operators or powered industrial lift truck operators be certified by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA certification ensures that a forklift operator can do his job more safely and efficiently. Many industries, companies, and insurance providers require that forklift operators, as well as other construction or general industry workers, be OSHA certified.
The operator can be trained on the job by a certified trainer or attend a course at a trade school. If an operator opts to take an individual online certification course, he or she will still need to be evaluated by a qualified trainer for the hands-on part of the certification process.
OSHA forklift training is a two-step process. The first step, classroom-style training and testing, is conducted online and takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. The second step, hands-on evaluation by an employer, may be conducted by an individual with the experience, training, and knowledge to train and evaluate forklift operators and assess their competence. The individual conducting this part of the training is not required to possess a special certification. We provide an evaluation form to download and print for this phase of the OSHA forklift training.