A forklift certification is an official document proving a forklift operator has completed the training and evaluation needed to drive a lift truck safely. Every forklift operator must complete forklift certification to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
Read our forklift certification guide to learn how to certify your operators for safety and compliance.
Per OSHA requirements, forklift training is mandatory for all operators to decrease the chance of accidents. Forklifts are powerful equipment, so comprehensive training helps operators understand how to use them and provides information on the risks involved and how to mitigate them.
Besides legal compliance, requiring forklift certification lets you avoid the risks of untrained operators using your equipment. The following are a few potential consequences of allowing inexperienced users to operate your forklifts:
Forklift certification for your operators offers several benefits, including:
Forklift certification consists of three components:
Forklift drivers must complete a training program corresponding to the type of forklift they'll be operating and the conditions they'll work in to get the certification. The following factors determine the amount and type of training the driver will need:
OSHA has lists of recommended truck-related and workplace-related topics to cover in training. Your training should address every subject area applicable to your business. Operators can typically become certified for forklifts in one to two days depending on the training program.
Once forklift operators have completed their training, they will receive a certificate of achievement as verification. You can also consider giving your drivers forklift licenses, like a physical wallet card, though OSHA does not require them.
Your business must keep forklift training records on file for three years. These documents include data such as:
Read these FAQs to learn more about how forklift certification works:
Your business must provide training or work with a third party to train and certify your forklift operators. Operators can get forklift certification from several entities:
These organizations may offer these training services:
A forklift certification lasts for three years. At this time, forklift operators must complete a performance evaluation to keep their certification. These evaluations are much like the initial training.
Besides the regular evaluations, operators must also take refresher training if they:
Once your operators have their forklift certification, they'll need reliable lift trucks. The Cat® Rental Store has more than 1,300 locations worldwide, and these dealers have a wide range of forklifts for rent.
Your local Cat dealer will help you find the right forklift for your business. Speak with one of our representatives at The Cat Rental Store near you. For more information about our rentals, call 1-800-RENT-CAT.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You
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