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Forklift Training In New York

The state of New York is one of the nation’s fastest growing states in terms of economy and industry. With its industrial outputs such as printing, publishing, scientific instruments, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products and tourism, the opportunity to get a job in this state is endless. Not to mention the agricultural outputs that they have, the chances of getting employed are many. This fact can tell you that you can work in any parts of this state. Of course, if you wish to work then have the right training for the job that you would like to have.

If you are interested in working as a forklift operator, the state of New York requires applicants to be trained. This is in accordance to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Req. 1910.178. All forklift operators must be properly trained if they are interested to work as a forklift operator. This is also to ensure proper handling of a powered industrial truck as well as keeping a safe environment in the workplace.

The state of New York requires applicants for forklift operators to be at least 18 years old. They must be a resident of the United States and must provide their proof of residency. Applicants must pass the background check and they must have no criminal records. It is also important that applicants are in good physical condition. This is to ensure proper forklift operation as well as safety in the work place.

For forklift training, applicants can enroll themselves at an OSHA approved facility or forklift training schools. This training can be done in vocational schools or in their own training facilities. In classroom training, trainees are taught about the basic knowledge that they can use in operating a forklift. They will be given a written exam after the classroom training and students are expected to pass.

Some of the common topics included in classroom forklift training are:

  • Forklift inspection
  • Forklift Basics
  • Working in a truck, trailer or railcar
  • Parking a forklift
  • Maintenance and modification
  • Charging and refueling
  • Picking a load, traveling with and placing a load
  • Working in hazardous locations
  • Forklift types
  • Lifting employees
  • Specialized units and attachments
  • Handling forklift batteries

After the classroom training, students will then have practical training. This means that they will be tasked to drive an actual forklift and apply everything that they have learned in classroom training. They will be evaluated on how well they can drive the forklift as well as applying the safety measures needed when operating a forklift.

Once all training and evaluation are completed, students will be graded. Successful students will be granted their forklift operator certification that is valid for three years. However, those who have failed on both written and practical training will be reevaluated. In some cases, those students who performed poorly on both areas are subjected to train all over again. This of course, depends on the instructors.

Recertification is required to those who had previous experiences as a forklift operator. Take note that some companies will not hire those who lack the needed skills as forklift operator. So regardless of your previous experience, recertification is needed.

Remember that the forklift operator certificate is truck specific. This means that you need a new certificate if you are assigned to a new type of forklift. So even if you had driven a forklift truck before, you need to train again since you will be driving a new type of forklift.




IMI Trowel Trades Center

1207 44th Avenue 

Long Island City, NY 11101-6900 

(718) 706-9139 


US Materials Handling Corporation

2231 State Route 5 

Utica, NY 13502-7513 

(315) 788-4111