-There are many different forklift certification methods available:
On-site training, online, video – and any of these methods might be supplied by the employer or through a third party. Employers should realize that training can be conducted by an existing employee who has prior experience and knowledge suitable to train industrial truck operators. Certification lasts for at least two years unless OSHA changes its laws in which case you will need to update your training regime and materials accordingly.
1) Is it certification required to operate a fork truck?
Yes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that you are over the age of 18 and fully versed and trained in safe operation of any material handling and moving equipment including fork trucks. Failure to comply with OSHA can result in some serious fines, not to mention accidents might result causing the loss of life or member.
2) How long does my forklift certification last?
At least two years, sometimes three years, which means you will need to either take continuing education classes or get re-certified by a qualified forklift certification trainer.
3) How can I get lift truck certification for my employees?
Almost any OSHA certified company that provides individual forklift certification can help you create, implement, and administer your own forklift training courses at your facility. After creating your training course, training your employees and scoring them, you will need to fill out form and send it to OSHA who will send back to you the official forklift certification cards.