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Forklift License Renewal & First Time Certification Training (Canada Workers Earn Your Forklift Ticket)

Forklift Practical Test and Written Test Included

We offer sit down forklift training in Spanish and English. (The Spanish forklift training kit contains both languages).

What do we offer? Whether you want safety consulting and forklift training in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford. Rest assured all of our forklift awareness training options meet all OSHA forklift driving training requirements. After taking our forklift safety awareness course you will be prepared to confidently answer all the forklift test questions as well as complete the forklift practical test (the forklift written exam, as well as the forklift practical test marking sheet, are both included with your training). Get your forklift driving certification of competency upon completing the course and passing the included exam. Thorough forklift operator training ultimately results in reducing the risk of accidents to forklift drivers and those who work near them. This course can be used for beginner operator training or for forklift license renewal (forklift ticket renewal if you're in Canada).

What are my options for sit down forklift license renewal (forklift ticket renewal) or first time training?

Once purchased all of these options are 1 day forklift training options. Take them at your convenience. We understand that training for forklifts in Spanish is hard to find. That is why we offer all of our forklift training options below in Spanish and well as in English.

If you're confused about which forklift license to get or the best type of training for you we'd be happy to help, give us a call: (208) 252-5331.

Training Kits

The forklift training kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a forklift awareness training PowerPoint presentation (one of the cheapest forklift training options). If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Check out our sample forklift training program in this forklift training pdf.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Take the forklift license test online. Eligible for bulk pricing discounts for 16+ trainees.

Forklift training online test and forklift practical test included.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer forklift certification classes are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The forklift training kit is included with the train the trainer course and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

This is NOT a forklift train the trainer PPT but an online course that comes with the training kit to train others (the kit does contain a forklift training PPT presentation).

Onsite Training

Onsite forklift training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. Our traveling forklift trainer comes to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included (best for groups of 5-10+ trainees).

What's in the Sit Down Forklift Training Course?

Our Sit-Down Forklift Safety Training/Fork Truck Safety Training course is regulation-compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomical components, principles of stability, safe operations, hazards to avoid, 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.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local safety standards, this program encompasses the following general safety standards for sit down forklift truck training or fork truck training:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 APP A

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.451, 452, 454 – Applicable Scaffolding Standard

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.602(c)(2)(v) – Scaffold Platforms

  • Encompasses these Canadian Standards
  • CAN/CSA-B335-04 – Safety Standard for Lift Trucks

  • CAN/CSA-B335-94 – Lift Truck Operator Training

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS

  • Encompasses these International Standards
  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 – Low Lift and High Lift Trucks

  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 – Rough Terrain Forklift Lift Trucks

  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 -2005 (5.15, 5.16, 8.24)/ANSI A92.5-2006 – Boom Supported Elevating Work Platforms

Why do I need sit down forklift truck training, a forklift license (wallet card) and certificate?

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

When it comes to refresher training, the safety 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 proves continued competency.

Forklift Accidents Each Year Statistics. 1 in 6 workplace deaths involves a forklift. 85 people are killed in forklift accidents each year. 34,900 serious injuries are forklift-related each year. 61,000 non-serious injuries involve a forklift every year.

  • Did You Know?


  • Each year in the U.S., almost 20,000 workers are seriously injured in accidents associated with forklifts. (Source: CDC)

  • Forklift overturns are the most common cause of deaths related to forklifts. (Source: CDC)

  • If companies implemented more stringent forklift training policies, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 70% of forklift accidents in the US could be prevented. (Source: MCCUE.com)

  • Before modern forklifts were invented, hoists were utilized to lift heavy materials in the late 1800s. (Source: Archive.org)

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Sit Down Forklift Truck Training Frequently Asked Questions 

How often does a forklift license have to be renewed?

OSHA requires sit down forklift truck training for forklift operators--on that, there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need forklift refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, OSHA requires forklift operators to be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate.

However, this every-three-year forklift evaluation is the maximum time that is allowed to pass before an operator receives forklift recertification. According to OSHA, there are several instances that will require additional forklift safety training and observation before the three year period is up:

    • Forklift operator/fork truck operator is observed in an accident or a near miss
    • Forklift operator/fork truck operator received a poor evaluation or is observed driving in a dangerous manner
    • The forklift operator/fork truck operator is assigned to drive a different type of forklift or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional forklift safety training (such as being transferred from a warehouse to a dock or a construction site)

How much are forklift course prices?

Our forklift course prices start at $79/person for online training, $399 for the classroom kit (train as many as you need), $650 for the online train the trainer course + the kit and custom pricing for onsite training. The prices for all our other construction safety and health training courses follow the same pattern except for online safety training courses which are either $29 or $79 depending on the course. Rest assured that all of our general industry and construction safety courses meet OSHA training requirements, safety standards and are 100% OSHA compliant.

What other health and safety training OSHA requires do you offer?

Personal Protective Equipment Training, Forklift Training, Skid Steer Training, Rigger Training, Driver Safety, HAZWOPER Training (24 hour course), Crane Safety Training, Chemical Hazards, Confined Spaces Training, Electrical Hazards Training, Hazardous Waste (HazCom, HAZWOPER 8, HAZWOPER 24), Respiratory Protection, Fire Extinguisher and Hazardous Communication Training are among our most popular courses. We have been providing training solutions for 10+ years. Rest assured that all of our courses are 100% OSHA or CANADA compliant (whichever applies). Safety and health training does not have to be difficult and confusing. Let us help. View our Course Catalog to find everything you might need to complete employee training, get compliant and create a safety culture at your company preventing injury and illness.

I’ve received sit down forklift truck training/fork truck training OSHA requires. Can I operate a telescopic handler?

Not likely. OSHA requires forklift operators to receive forklift safety training for each type of forklift. On this term, “type,” there is much confusion. Generally speaking, by “type” OSHA means sit down forklift vs. stand up forklift vs. telescopic handler vs. truck mounted forklift, etc. For example, say you have always operated a stand-up forklift in a warehouse but have suddenly been asked to operate a telehandler. In this case, you would need additional sit down forklift truck training specific to telescopic reach forklifts.

If you have received sit down counterbalance forklift safety training in a warehouse and have always operated a Toyota forklift, but then are asked to operate a Cat forklift, you should be just fine to operate under the same forklift certification/fork truck certification and forklift license (wallet card) received previously. Keep in mind though, controls can differ greatly from brand to brand, so in some cases, you may need additional instruction or a quick refresher training forklift course to make sure you are clear on what each control does.

I’ve operated forklifts for 30 years. Do I need to take a forklift course/class, a written exam, and a practical exam still? Or can I just take a written forklift operator test?

Yes, you need to take a forklift operator safety training course. No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires forklift safety training, a forklift written exam, and a practical forklift evaluation. There is no way around it. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the forklift operator not only understands but is capable of operating safely. In the opinion of many, the practical evaluation is of the greatest overall value.

I received forklift safety training/fork truck training OSHA requires at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?

This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of forklift and job. If you bring a counterbalance forklift certificate or counterbalance forklift license (wallet card) to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on forklift operations.

Can you explain forklift certification/fork truck certification? Who can train, evaluate, and certify operators?

This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, OSHA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:

In terms of using a 3rd party safety training materials (like our sit down forklift truck training kits on CD or our forklift online training classes) OSHA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things a forklift operator should be trained on.’

When we do live training or offer forklift safety training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live forklift safety training or the training materials needed to help them forklift certify their employees.

How do I take the forklift practical evaluation if I take forklift safety training online?

The online forklift course covers OSHA’s training requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what forklift safety training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the forklift class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the forklift. When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy OSHA’s training requirements for forklift certification/fork truck certification.

Can I use any forklift attachment with my forklift?

No. OSHA states that the forklift manufacturer must approve the use of a specific forklift attachment. Too often we see forklift operators using personnel work platforms (man baskets) or other attachments that are made by different manufacturers. They assume that because their forklift is equipped to use such an attachment, it is okay to use any brand. Not true. If you are operating a Toyota forklift then you must contact Toyota and get their written approval to use any attachment, especially if they are of another brand. New capacity plates must be issued with any addition. Your operator’s manual will tell you if your forklift can handle certain kinds of attachments or not.

My trainee scored 80% on the sit down forklift truck training test/exam. Did he pass or fail his forklift test?

Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails on the forklift test. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a forklift. If you want to pass him at 80% on the forklift course exam, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.

What do I get when I finish this forklift training?

Upon completing the forklift training/fork truck training online you will then take the included forklift test and upon passing it with a score of 80% or higher (you get two chances) you will immediately have access to your printable forklift certification/fork truck certification and forklift license/fork truck license (wallet card). If you choose the training kit the certificate template comes with the kit materials.

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Do you offer a forklift practice test?

No, we do not offer a forklift practice test. However, *we do allow a second try on the test.

How can I get my forklift license for free?

You can't, there are free forklift training options out there but they generally do not result in a license or certificate of any kind.

How do I get my forklift license?

You will have access to your forklift license (wallet card) *immediately upon passing the included exam in the training kit. The person conducting the training will then get you your license (wallet card) and certificate. For online courses, you will have access to printable versions of both the forklift license and certificate upon passing the exam.

How often does a forklift license have to be renewed?

OSHA requires forklift operators to be re-evaluated *every three years. However, this every-three-year forklift evaluation is the maximum time that is allowed to pass before an operator receives forklift recertification. There are several instances that will require additional forklift safety training and observation before the three year period is up. Learn More

How often is forklift training required?

Forklift training is required every three years. However, there are circumstances that would require additional training before the three year mark. Learn what they are here.

How much does forklift truck training cost? (*All prices USD unless otherwise marked).

Forklift truck training cost depends on the type of training you are looking for and the number of people you need to train. Here at Hard Hat Training, a safety training company that has been providing safety training solutions for over 10 years, we offer:

Classroom Safety Training Kits (DIY training kit used to train an unlimited number of employees.)
- OSHA Standards: $399+
- CANADA Standards: $399 $350 *On Sale

Online Safety Training (Train from anywhere with internet access. Assign and monitor employee training with a custom online training branch, sign up now).
- OSHA Standards: $79/person depending on the course (*Bulk pricing available)
- CANADA Standards: CAD $99/person depending on the course (*Bulk pricing available)
- Group Training Available (Online training taken by a group on a single computer at one time. Sign up now).

Train the Trainer (An online course for those who prefer to train an individual before having them train others on your staff using the included training kit.
- OSHA Standards: $700 $650 *On Sale
- CANADA Standards: $900 CAD $850 *On Sale

Onsite Training (Our trainer comes to your work site to train your crew.)
- Get a Quote: (Includes travel expenses. We are located in Rexburg, Idaho).

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