Forklift License Requirements

25 Oct 2016, by Anthony in Forklift Training News

There are many different careers that you can pursue and some require more training than others. Operating a forklift is a skill that is required for many manufacturing positions. This means that if you want to become employed in any factory setting, you will most likely need to obtain a forklift license. This is a type of license that is required when you are operating a forklift. A power driven forklift is a piece of equipment that is used within many warehouses and is involved in the distribution, manufacturing and delivery of goods. However, operating a forklift without the proper training or license can lead to injury. This means that you need to know what is required of you to obtain a forklift license.


Here is what you need to know when you are trying to get a forklift license:


Training Based on Age


The only way that you can get licensing of this type is if you complete a training program. This means that you need to go through a forklift-training program that is offered by your employer. In this type of program, you will learn the skills that are required to operate a forklift safely. However, there is an age criteria that you need to meet. Most individuals under the age of 17 can’t be trained to operate a forklift. You also will likely need to be 18 in order to obtain most jobs that require forklift operation. Not only will you have practical training with a forklift, but you will also have to sit through instructional training that often takes place in a classroom setting.


No Driver License Required


This means that there is no way for you to get your forklift license without completing this type of training program. However, you do not have to have a valid drivers license in order to operate a forklift and obtain a license. All employers are under strict laws about what their training program must offer and how long the training program must be. This means that it can vary based on the type of employer that is offering the forklift-training course. However, there will be a training program of some type that you have to do in order to get your forklift license.


Medical Fitness

Even though your fitness will not be examined, it is a good idea to make sure that you are physically fit before you begin operating a forklift in order to maintain safety.


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