Powered Industrial Lift Truck Training and Certification

Powered Industrial Lift Truck Training and Certification

Powered Industrial Lift Truck Training and Certification

By: Steve Uriz – Corporate Safety Manager

While OSHA Regulations can sometimes be vague on various topics and leave a lot to interpretation, the regulations pertaining to Powered Industrial Lift Training & Certification is quite straight forward and clear. NO ONE should operate a powered industrial lift without receiving the proper training and certification from their employer. Proper lift training can save lives, time, and money. One lift accident can slow production to a halt, cost the company thousands of dollars or even worse it can cause the death of an employee.

With Advanced Material Handling System’s Certified Lift Trainers, you can rest assure that your team will be receiving one of the most robust training programs available. Let us take away the uncertainty on whether your “in-house training program” is up to OSHA Standards. Contact us today so we can put your minds at ease.

OSHA Regulations Pertaining to Lift Training and Certification.


Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee), and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.


All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence.


  • Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required by paragraph (l)(4)(ii) to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.
  • Refresher training in relevant topics shall be provided to the operator when:
    • The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
    • The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.
    • The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the truck safely.
    • The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck; or
    • A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck.
    • An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.


Certification. The employer shall certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by this paragraph (l). The certification shall include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

At Advanced Material Handling Systems, we have a mock warehouse set up in each branch so operators can practice in a controlled environment.  Contact us today to set up your training.

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