Get a Forklift License

by Amit

There are a lot of people out there that would love to change their career to something that is exciting and highly rewarding. One of those careers is being a forklift operator at a large warehouse or factory.

Forklift operators make a very good wage because they are specifically trained to operate the machinery that is used to move rather large and heavy amounts of material, making it more cost effective for large companies to do business. The one thing that you will need to do is become licensed to operate a forklift, though.

How to Get a Forklift License

How to Get a Forklift License

Getting your license to operate a forklift is a fairly easy task to undertake. It will require you to take some classes in a classroom setting and do some hands-on training as well. The good news is that you can do all of this with your employer instead of having to worry about finding some kind of training facility where you have to spend a large amount of money to be trained and certified. Government regulations state that employers are required to train anyone that is working for them as a forklift operator, so it’s like getting on the job training for the most part.

The first thing you will need to do is sit and watch some safety videos and have your instructor quiz you on what you have seen. Then, it’s all about sitting and studying a few manuals that tell you all about the machine you are going to be working with. This is more of the safety section of your training and you will be evaluated on everything you have learned so that your instructor and employer can determine if you should move on to the actual operation of the forklift.

Once you have shown that you can handle operating a forklift and you pass your written exams, your employer will get you certified and your new career can get started.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Astro Gremlin October 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’ve noticed that forklift operators always seem happy and confident. I think it’s all that power under their control and the ability to personally handle huge loads with ease. With more commerce going to electronic markets, the huge warehouses will always need those with the skill and training to operate the “mighty midget” that is the forklift.


Amit October 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi Astro Gremlin,

You are right, forklift operators have a lot of power under their control and it requires a lot of patience and self control to operate a forklift but is a rewarding job at the end of the day.

Thanks for stopping by :)



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