4 hours – Previous Experience

6 hours – Novice


Powered industrial trucks are an essential item in construction and manufacturing businesses. This course will teach industrial truck operators how to responsibly operate lift trucks in a manner that reduces the risk of injury and property damage. This course will be site and equipment specific.


Upon completion of training the participants will be acquainted with the following:

  • Differences between the lift truck and the automobile
  • Controls and instrumentation; where each are located, what they do, and how they work
  • Selecting the correct lift for the task and environment
  • Engine or motor operation (both internal combustion and battery)
  • Steering and maneuvering on horizontal surfaces and grades (focus on sloped surfaces and vehicle stability)
  • Visibility including restrictions associated with loading
  • Vehicle capacity, fork and attachment adaption, operation, stability, and use limitations
  • Vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator must perform
  • Refueling and recharging of batteries
  • Operating limitations and other operating instructions, warning, or precautions listed in the operator’s manual
  • Surface conditions limitations for each lift type
  • Compositions of loads to be carried and load stability
  • Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking
  • Pedestrian traffic and equipment operation in narrow aisles, hazardous locations, and other restricted places

At the conclusion of the class, each participant will complete a written exam and practical skills demonstration. The course will include media presentations, site-specific discussions, and equipment inspections.