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How to Get Your Forklift Certification  

Forklift Training

Forklifts are among the most vital tools for industries across the globe. From warehouses to manufacturing facilities to construction companies and everything in between, forklifts serve as the preferred method for transporting materials over short distances. Because forklifts are everywhere, however, there are unfortunate accidents and injuries involving them each year. Many of these could be prevented with proper safety training and certification.

Companies that implement proper forklift safety training and maintenance procedures benefit from improved efficiency, cleaner operations, longer equipment life and lower costs related to downtime. These practices decrease the likelihood of injuries to employees and damage to equipment and property. More importantly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to certify their forklift operators.

At RAKA, we understand how critical forklift certification is for your business. That’s why we offer employee certification and several other programs to improve the safety and performance of your operation.

The Difference Between a Forklift License and Certification

In the eyes of OSHA, there’s no such thing as a forklift license. Many people often interchange license and certification without knowing the full details behind the training processes. A license requires government verification, while a certificate indicates that an employee can safely and effectively operate a device.

Here are the primary steps an operator must complete to become forklift certified:

  1. Choose a program that is OSHA compliant.
  2. Fulfill the theoretical training.
  3. Pass the written test.
  4. Complete hands-on training.
  5. Satisfy the practical evaluation.

Employers must reevaluate their forklift operators once every three years using a process similar to the initial certification. OSHA also requires a refresher course if an operator must drive a different type of lift, or if they are involved in an accident or a near miss.

Where to Take a Forklift Certification Test

The most common location for operators to obtain a certification is their place of employment, although many agencies offer the service separately. Most employers will set up the entire process in their facilities and conduct the evaluations independently, with a qualified trainer to administer all certification phases.

Online options are available for theory training and the written exam. However, operators must complete the hands-on portion in person. Some businesses often use reputable third-party companies to conduct all aspects of the process.

Costs for forklift certification vary by program. Since it’s the law that employers certify all forklift operators in their company, most employers will pay for all the training fees.

How RAKA Can Help You

RAKA offers everything your company needs to certify forklift operators. We provide a comprehensive range of services that you can customize according to the size of your business and specific needs. We can conduct the training in your facility or our classrooms. 

The lineup of our certification services includes:

  • Theory and hands-on training for operators
  • Services to certify or train the trainer
  • OSHA certification
  • Refresher training

Contact RAKA for Forklift Certification Services

To learn more about getting started with the certification process, contact us online today. We have multiple locations throughout the Midwest ready to serve your needs.