We often get calls from young people who ask us how they can become a forklift operator. While it seems like an easy question, there are certain requirements that make the answer a little complicated. We’re going to try to unsnarl the details here:
First, you have to be 18 and have your high school diploma. That’s the simplest part.
Secondly, you can’t just walk into a warehouse and ask to be hired as a forklift operator. OSHA says you must have certification.
Acquiring the proper credentials is a two-fold process. Some community colleges offer the first part of the training, which is an on-line portion focusing mostly on safety and basic operation. We’ve gone through this part of the training for this blog and you can find those articles here.