Most industrial operations require that forklift operators, or powered industrial lift truck operators, be certified by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA certification insures that a forklift operator can do his job more safely and efficiently. Many industries, companies, and insurance providers require that forklift operators, as well as other construction or general industry workers, be OSHA certified.
The operator can be trained on the job by a certified trainer, or attend a course at a trade school. If an operator opts to take an individual online certification course, he’ll still need to be evaluated by a qualified trainer for the hands-on part of the certification process.
There are several steps that need to be followed when certifying a forklift operator.