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Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Powered Industrial Truck Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Powered Industrial Truck certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Powered Industrial Truck Training Course?

Our Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Safety Training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy, stability, operation, hazards, and more. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5-2 hours.

While this training encompasses many important safety standards for powered industrial trucks (PITs), you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 Powered Industrial Truck Standard
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.602 — Material Handling Equipment
  • ASME/ANSI B56.1-2020 — Safety Standard for Low and High Lift Trucks
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B335-04—Safety Standards for Lift Trucks
  • CAN/CSA-B335 Lift—Truck Operator Training
  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09—FOPS, ROPS
  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.1—Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks
  • ISO 5057:1993—Inspection, Repair of Fork Arms in Service on Forklift Trucks

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Powered Industrial Truck Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer, but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Powered Industrial Truck

    Did You Know?

    Nearly 85 forklift accidents occur each year that result in death.

    Accidents that don’t result in death come out to be 34,900 each year.

    Companies can prevent around 70 percent of forklift accidents if they implemented stricter training policies and programs.


    Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Training Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is considered a powered industrial truck?

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    A powered industrial truck is a type of heavy machinery equipment that pushes, pulls, carries, hauls, and stacks materials. The types of powered industrial trucks vary depending on the job type. You can ride on or walk behind different types of powered industrial trucks.

    What is an example of a powered industrial truck?

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    Pallet Jack, Telehandler, Forklift, etc.

    What are the seven classes of forklifts?

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    • Class I: Electric Motor Rider Trucks
    • Class II: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
    • Class III: Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks
    • Class IV: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires)
    • Class V: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires)
    • Class VI: Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors
    • Class VII: Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

    Why do you need forklift safety training?

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    Standards require workers receive training specific to the machine they operate no matter how much experience they have. It is also the employer’s responsibility to implement training policies that ensure employees have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to operate any machinery.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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