Sit Down Forklift Training & Certification – Classes I, IV & V
(AKA: Fork Truck Training)
What do we offer? Whether you want sit down forklift certification/fork truck certification 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 sit down forklift training/fork truck training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
What are my options for sit down forklift training or fork truck training?
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 standards, this program encompasses the following general standards for sit down forklift 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 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. 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.
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)
In the News
Browse our other available trainings:
View all our forklift training courses.
Sit Down Forklift Training Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need to take a forklift/fork truck course on safety?
OSHA requires sit down forklift 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.
I’ve received sit down forklift training/fork truck training. 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 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 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:
- Train employees in-house with their own program
- Hire a 3rd party to train the employees (on-site or off-site)
- Use another company’s materials or online classes to train employees
In terms of using a 3rd party safety training materials (like our sit down forklift 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 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 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 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 aerial lift 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.