The Process of a Forklift Certification

Posted by: admin on October 15, 2013

The process of a Forklift Certification credentials might seem like a daunting task, but it’s not as tough as you think. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all forklifts are certified to meet certain safety and performance standards. This creates a more productive, safe working environment for warehouses, terminals, outlets and other industrial settings.

OSHA enacted forklift certification requirements on March 1, 1999. Ever since, companies (except in the agricultural sector) are encouraged to have all forklifts certified to coincide with operator training. With these policies in place, many safety hazards are minimized.

So know that you know a little about the history, what is the actual process of getting a forklift certification? It’s actually fairly easy. Generally speaking, it’s a five step process.

  1. Company Registration. By registering your company, OSHA can assess what particular forklift certification standards apply to you.
  2. Operator Registration. With your forklift fleet in the system, it’s now time to register each individual user. This process is designed to keep training records for all your forklift operators.
  3. Student / Operator Login. With a user ID and password established, each forklift operator can take the required training classes. These sessions occur at your student’s convenience, 24/7, 365 days per year.  Some classes work with tablets (iPad, Galaxy, etc.) and phones (iPhones, Android, etc.).
  4. Online Learning and Testing. Required content is provided to study and take forklift certification exams. This comprehensive data is available to all your operators / students.
  5. Temporary Certification Cards. Once the training sessions are complete, any student that passed has the ability to print a temporary forklift certification card. Instead of waiting for the official documents in the mail, they’ll be up and running – and your productivity won’t suffer. These temporary cards can be used in place of official certification in the event of an OSHA inspection.

For more information, please visit our Forklift Certification page. CertifyMe can assist with any forklift certification questions you might have. Just gives us a call at 1-888-699-4800. And thanks for checking out our blog!


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