How to test for a forklift license

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How to test for a forklift license
Typical forklift truck used in manufacturing plants and warehouses (forklift image by Goran Bogicevic from

While there is no such thing as a forklift license, in order to legally use a forklift, you need an OSHA approved forklift operator certification. Companies that allow uncertified staff to run a forklift are subject to fines up to £4,550 per occurrence to a maximum of £45,500. Your employer can certify you, or you can get certified by taking a private online course or a course given on the ground in your community. So if a place requires you to drive a forklift make sure your certification is current.

OSHA uses the term "powered industrial truck" and not forklift.

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Things you need

  • Study guide
  • Written test
  • Forklift

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  • Operating a forklift without certification is dangerous and illegal.

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