If you are thinking about becoming a certified forklift operator, then you will want to find a forklift training program that you can afford. Of course, the best possible price for getting the training you need is free, but are there really free training programs out there that you can take to become certified?
The short answer to this question is yes, but there are a few details that you will need to know and understand about the answer to that question first before you run out and try to enroll for training.
The first aspect of getting free forklift training is in the fact that the company that hires you will be held responsible for making sure you are trained correctly. Because the company is required to train you, it isn’t going to cost you anything and you will more than likely be making a paycheck while you are getting your training.
Even though the company is paying for your training, you are still going to have to pay for your certification card and any retraining you might need later on. But when you consider how much you are saving on your initial training, that won’t be so bad for you.
If you decide to go out and enroll in a private instruction class for forklifts, then you are going to have to pay for your enrollment and your training and certification as well. There aren’t any free programs that you can enroll in when it comes to private courses, but you might find that your company will reimburse you or even come up with a way to pay for it if you are hired. This is why it is a good idea to be trained by the company you are hired with rather than enrolling in a private training course on your own.
You might find that it is easier to be hired by a company if you have a certification for operating a forklift, but there are plenty of companies that would rather train someone on their own equipment. These companies will hire people that have no experience as long as you show a willingness to learn and the aptitude to retain the knowledge you are taught.