Forklift Operator Online Course

Forklift Operator Online Course

Prior to operation of a forklift, OSHA requires employees to successfully complete a training program that includes formal instruction, practical training, and evaluation. This online forklift operator training program is provided to help students complete the initial phase of formal instruction required by OSHA 1910.178(l)(2)(ii) and provides instruction regarding safe and professional operation.

PLEASE NOTEUpon successful completion of this online training program, the trainee is responsible for scheduling and successfully completing a practical evaluation under the direction of a qualified person in order to demonstrate proficiency and complete the requirements for training.



On successful completion of this online course, students will be able to sufficiently demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter and move forward with their training to the practical and evaluation portions.


This online forklift operator training course will cover the following topics:

  • Safe operation
  • The Foundation for Safety
  • Design characteristics
  • Forklift Inspections
  • Fuel Sources
  • Hazard recognition
  • OSHA regulations and applicable standards


Candidates will be required to complete a multiple-choice test at the end of each section of the online training and must achieve a passing score of 100% before moving to the next module.

OSHA’s forklift standard requires as part of a training program that trainees complete a practical evaluation in addition to formal instruction. Students successfully completing this online course are responsible for scheduling their practical evaluation to complete the training program.

Who is this Course for?

Anyone who plans to operate a forklift or supervise employees that may operate PIT’s.

  • Does OSHA require a driver’s license to operate a forklift?

    No, a standard motor vehicle operator’s license is not required to operate a forklift. In fact, a common misconception is viewing the operation of a forklift in the same manner as the operation a regular automobile. The minimum age, however, to operate a forklift is defined as 18 years of age by the Fair Labor Standards Act for non-agricultural work and also requires successful completion of a training program meeting the requirements detailed in OSHA standards.

  • How do I become a certified forklift operator?

    In order to become a certified forklift operator, you must successfully complete a training program that meets the requirements outlined in the OSHA standards. This includes completion of a theory or classroom training course, practical evaluation of the trainee while operating the machine, and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.

  • How long is forklift training valid?

    It is a requirement of the OSHA standard to be re-evaluated every three years or retained sooner if they are observed operating the vehicle unsafely, involved in an accident or near-miss, operate a different type of forklift for the type they were trained on, or experience a change in workplace conditions.

  • Is online forklift training valid?

    Yes, although other elements will be required in addition to the online training. Forklift training standards require that training must include a classroom or theory portion as well as a practical element that involves actual operation of the forklift. While online training may satisfy the classroom or theory portion of these requirements, the practical element cannot be performed online. Online training is valid but only for a portion of the training and cannot be used as a sole source for certification.