forklift training


The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) estimates forklifts cause roughly 85 fatal accidents per year. All told, over 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in some kind of accident each year. However, OSHA estimates that nearly 77% of all reported forklift accidents could have been avoided with proper training.

OSHA now has the authority to fine you $7,000 for every untrained forklift operator, and this can increase to $70,000 if the violation was proven to be “willful”. Protect your employees from unnecessary forklift accidents with forklift training and Qualification from Total Equipment Training. Forklift training can save an employee’s life because one of the most common forklift accidents happens when the forklift overturns, and employees are either hit or crushed under the lift. Most of these types of forklift accidents can be avoided if employees are properly trained in forklift operation and safety, and have received OSHA Qualification.


Forklift operators are regulated under OSHA 1910.178, Powered Industrial Truck. OSHA requires forklift refresher training every three years. In this standard, OSHA requires all employers to develop and implement forklift operator qualification training programs for their employee’s before operating a forklift, no matter how small the project may be, proper training is needed when operating a forklift.  OSHA requires that forklift training programs include the following:

  • General safety requirements using the OSHA standards for all types of vehicles used in the workplace
  • Focus on the employee’s knowledge and skill in operating a forklift or other vehicle safely
  • Fundamental principles of proper forklift operation
  • Potential hazards of utilizing a forklift in the workplace
  • General OSHA safety standards for powered industrial trucks/forklifts

Our forklift training consists of several modes of teaching:

  • We use lectures based on OSHA/ASME regulations, interactive, site specific, practical training.
  • We use practical training on your equipment by conducting demonstrations and exercises that are site specific.
  • Before you let an employee operate a forklift, as their employer, you must be sure that the employee is competent to operate a forklift safely.

Your Employees Must Complete Refresher Training in the Following Situations:

  • The forklift operator was involved in either an accident or near-miss incident.
  • Someone reported the employee operating the forklift in an unsafe manner.
  • During an evaluation, it was determined that the employee needed training.
  • You have made changes in your workplace that affect forklift operation.
  • Your employee has not been trained to operate a forklift safely.

OSHA requires Forklift refresher training every three years.


Proper training is the key to preventing accidents and injuries. OSHA requires all operators to receive forklift training that consists of a combination of formal classroom training (e.g., interactive computer training or written material), and practical training, including an evaluation (hands-on evaluation by a qualified instructor). In addition, refresher forklift qualification training is required at least once every three years.

Total Equipment Training’s Forklift Operator Training Program meets OSHA requirements and with the U.S. Department of Labor.


We know your employees need to learn how to safely operate a forklift so that you are in compliance with OSHA standards. On the other hand, you want a class that is convenient and won’t interrupt your operations. Our forklift classes offer unbeatable convenience which means your employees can learn how to operate a forklift at your workplace, on your equipment! Our Trainers come to you, with a customized training program to meet your companies training needs.

  • OSHA 1910 and all applicable parts
  • Applications
  • Inspection of the unit
  • Personnel safety – drive and pedestrians
  • Federal and manufacturer’s rules
  • ASME B30.10, PCSA Rules and Regulations
  • Operator manual
  • Equipment Components
  • Operator Aids
  • General Equipment Safety
  • Standard hand signals
  • General characteristics of the unit
  • Principles in operation
  • Equipment considerations
  • Load safety
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Understanding the equipment
  • Pre-operational inspection
  • Operating modes
  • Controls and/or remotes
  • Major cause of accidents
  • Review and written tests


Our forklift operator training program has a hands-on component that covers exactly how to safely operate a forklift. Your employees will have the ability to practice and learn from our instructors how to safely operate, while using your equipment at your facility and on your timeframe.

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Control familiarization
  • Traveling with the load
  • Fueling the unit
  • Pre-operational inspection
  • Operation of equipment in common functions
  • Load handling
  • Placing the load
  • Secure the equipment
  • Operate controls
  • Skills Test and Evaluation


Contact Us now or find your answer here:

  1. How long does it take to get forklift qualification training? – It would take one day to complete forklift training and receive certification, because our class contains around six to eight hours of classroom and hands on training at your facility.
  2. Do all forklift operators need to be qualified? – As of 2018, you must now comply with OSHA forklift training qualification rules or you will be fined between $7,000 and $70, 000 for every untrained forklift operator violation.
  3. Are there different certificates for different forklift types? –  Yes. There are seven different classes of Forklift equipment and certifications for each. They include electric motor rider trucks, electric motor narrow aisle trucks, electric motor hand trucks or hand/rider trucks, internal combustion engine trucks (solid/cushion tires), internal combustion engine trucks (pneumatic tires), electric and internal combustion engine tractors and rough terrain forklift trucks.
  4. How much does it cost for forklift operator training? – we have written about the real cost of training here: The real cost of training.
  5. What are the benefits to forklift certification training? – Your employees will be more efficient, your shop floor will be safer, and your company will be in compliance with OSHA regulations. Your employees will benefit with a better skill set, thus being more efficient in their work.

How Often Do Forklift Operators Need to be Retrained?

According to OSHA Standard 29 CRF 1910.178(I)(4), refresher training is required to be conducted when forklift operators are found to be operating unsafely, involved in an accident or near miss, and when there are changes in equipment or work environment. OSHA requires an evaluation at least once every three years of each forklift operator’s performance.


At Total Equipment Training, our forklift certification trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to forklift operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money. In addition, our on-site forklift training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today!

We Offer a 100% OSHA Compliant Forklift Operator Training in Following States:

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia

If you are considering forklift training for your operators, make sure you choose a training organization that places a high value on safety. Because safety is why the OSHA regulations were put in place. The Total Equipment Training materials and instructors teach your operators to become familiar with the equipment and special features of your workplace that could be potentially hazardous. Not only a great training class, an asset to our future business!

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Online Training Courses
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Caught-In or between Hazards in Construction
Teaches the dangers of being caught in equipment or between objects, and how to recognize and avoid any accidents.
(45 mins) $37.95
Forklift Fundamentals
Provides information about the different types of forklifts, parts and features, forklift controls and safety features.
(30 mins) $44.95
Forklift Fundamentals

Forklift Operator Safety
Teaches operators general safety, operation, load handling, fuel/battery maintenance, special features and how to record forklift modifications.
(90 mins) $59.95
Forklift Operator Safety
Forklift Training (Counterbalanced):
Teaches operators, lift truck components, how to perform a pre-operation inspection, safe methods for picking up, moving and deploying loads
(2 hrs) $99.95
Forklift Training (Counterbalanced):
Forklifts: Ultimate Hazard Perception
Teaches operators about: Keeping the forklift and load stable, inattentive driving, backing in tight areas, working in trailers, overhead hazards, traveling with or without a load and much more.
(30 mins) $37.95
Forklifts: Ultimate Hazard Perception
Forklift Operator Safety Training for Construction
Provides construction workers with essential information needed to become a safe, responsible, and productive construction forklift operator
(60 mins) $37.95
Forklift Operator Safety Training for Construction
Motorized Pallet Jacks: Safe Operation
Teaches individuals about the different types of pallet jacks, how to perform a proper pre-use inspection, how to safely pick up and place a load and packing the pallet jack.
(30 mins) $44.95
Motorized Pallet Jacks: Safe Operation
Powered Industrial Truck Safety
Helps individuals identify powered industrial trucks, hazards, safe operation, maintenance, recharging and refueling.
(30 mins) $74.95
Powered Industrial Truck Safety

Sit-down Forklifts
Helps individuals identify types of forklifts, how to conduct a pre-shift inspection, safe operating and loading principles, how to recognize and avoid hazards, how to properly refuel and handle the battery.
(90 mins) $74.95
Sit-down Forklifts
Stand-up Forklifts
Explains different types of forklifts, how to conduct pre-use inspection, safe operation, load handling, proper battery care and also different types of hazards and the safest way to avoid them
(90 mins) $99.95
Stand-up Forklifts
Telehandler (Variable Reach Forklift)
Teaches individuals telehandler components, inspections, operating around powerlines, safe traveling, safe operation, lift techniques, safety symbols and load charts.
(75 mins) $99.95
Telehandler (Variable Reach Forklift)