1. Who needs to be certified to operate a forklift?
The CertifyMe.net training material covers general truck and workplace related topics for Powered Industrial Truck classes 1 thru 7 (classifications established by the Industrial Truck Association). This includes the majority of lift trucks in use but does not include all trucks covered by the OSHA standard. The employer must ensure that each operator is trained and evaluated for the specific type and model of truck that will be used.

2. Why do I need to train my forklift operators?
The best reasons to train and evaluate all lift truck operators are to improve workplace safety, as well as preserving the quality and integrity of the equipment. OSHA has requirements for operator training and evaluation with the intent of reducing the number or forklift accidents. Failure of the employer to comply with these rules can result in expensive fines and loss of insurance coverage. This can be disastrous to the employer if a serious accident occurs.  Qualified operators practice more precise maneuvers therefor protecting the equipment from damages, eliminating costly repairs and reducing maintenance costs.

3. What kind of training does OSHA require?
Formal (lecture, video, interactive computer, etc.) and practical (demonstration and hands-on exercises) training must be provided. Prior to operating a truck in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the operator's performance and determine the operator to be competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely. 

4. What if we use several different types of forklifts at our company?  
Our training material covers general truck and workplace related topics for Powered Industrial Truck classes 1 thru 7 (classifications established by the Industrial Truck Association).. The employer must ensure that each operator is trained and evaluated for the specific type and model of truck that will be used.

5. Is the forklift training program approved by OSHA?
OHSA does not certify, accredit or approve any training programs or trainers. The OSHA regulations clearly describe the required content of lift truck training programs and our training program is designed to go above and beyond the general training requirements of the OSHA standard. The employer is responsible to certify that each lift truck operator has received the necessary training and has been evaluated and proved competent to operate a lift truck.

6. What does "certified" mean?
The employer must certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by the standard. The certification must include the name of the operator, the date of training, the date of evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation. We provide a certificate of completion to each operator who has completed a training session. The certificate is imprinted with the company name and must be signed by the operator and the employer/supervisor.

7. What type of records or documentation must I keep?
The OSHA standard requires that the employer certify that each operator has received the training and has been evaluated. The written certification record must include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

8. How often must refresher training be given?
Refresher training must be provided every three years or when;

  • The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
  • The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.
  • The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the truck safely.
  • The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck.
  • A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safety operation of the truck.

9. Are forklift classes the only training you offer?
No.  In addition to offering training in all classes of lift trucks we also offer training classes for;

·      Aerial Lifts

·      Over Head Cranes

·      Product Protection awareness

10. What are my options for training locations?
We can train on or off site.  We encourage people to take advantage of what our training center has to offer.  When you get trained at our location you will receive the most hands-on training available in the industry.  Our students get their formal training using actual props, not pictures.  And when it comes to the practical (hands on) portion, our facility is second to none.  Our students will experience operating a forklift from basic driving to high-stack loads and dock loading.

11. What are my scheduling options?
We offer flexible scheduling which includes weekdays, weekends and evenings.