Forklift Initial Training Course

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The course meets all of the current CSA Standard Requirements. Split into equal parts, this course includes hands-on practical training as well as classroom instruction.

Please note – This course is intended for students with no previous forklift experience.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified in the operation of a powered industrial truck. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Course Description

A forklift (also called a lift truck, a fork truck, or a forklift truck) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials short distances. The forklift was developed in the early 20th century. Following World War II the use and development of the forklift truck has greatly expanded worldwide. Forklifts have become an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing operations.

OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year. One of the leading factors to most forklift accidents is contributed to lack of training. With a proper training program, employers and employees can ensure a safe work environment when using this equipment.

This 8 hour Forklift Training Calgary course is designed to foster and develop a professional, willing and co-operative attitude towards safe lift truck operation.

Course Objectives

  • Labour Canada Regulations and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
  • Skills required for a person to become professional operator
  • Inspection and safety checks; proper and safe refueling
  • Pallet safety
  • Forklift maneuvering techniques
  • The "stability triangle"
  • Lifting, transporting and depositing a load
  • Overview of safe operating principals
  • Ramp and dock operations
  • Loading dock and trailer safety
  • Forklift operator safety manual

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a driver’s license to operate a forklift?

No, you do not. A driver’s license is not required to get a certification for or to operate a forklift.

How old do you have to be to drive a forklift?

It depends on the jurisdiction. Some areas specify that only competent and trained workers can operate a forklift. Others jurisdictions determine that 16 or 17 years of age is sufficient as long as an experienced driver is present. In other places, 18 years or older is the minimum operating age.

How much does a forklift license cost?

Forklift licensing costs will vary. Certifications generally start at $50 and can go up to $200 for in-person training. However, this is more typical for independent forklift certifications than workplace training.

How long does it take to learn to drive a forklift?

AIP’s course is 8 hours long for new operators and 4 hours for experienced operators. We also offer additional driving experience with an experienced instructor following the training, if required.

Who should conduct the forklift safety training?

All forklift training, instruction, and assessments must be performed by an instructor with the required knowledge and experience to train workers and evaluate their competency.

What type of records or documentation must I keep?

Operator forklift training documentation should thoroughly account for what the training covered. Moreover, training documents should be validated by the signatures of the instructor who delivered the training and the trainee.

Is annual forklift safety training required?

No. Annual forklift training is not a requirement in Alberta as certifications are valid for up to 3 years. However, regular training may be part of a company’s safety procedure depending on the company.