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How to Become a Successful Forklift Operator

18 Jun 2018 3:21 PM | Craneology Inc (Administrator)

“Overall employment of material moving machine operators (such as forklift or crane operator) is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026…” Bureau of Labor Statistics

When exploring possible career changes, a Forklift Operator is a great job opportunity. Driving a forklift can be a rewarding experience and is a skill that is very much in demand.

But what kind of skills are needed to become a successful forklift operator?

Education Level

There is no set requirement for education level. Some companies may prefer at least a high school diploma or GED, but many may not. The most important education will be how well you know the forklift.

Forklift Training

Your training is your key to success. Be sure to choose an accredited Forklift Training Program that are in accordance with OSHA standards.

Proper Certifications

Many states and cities require operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test and pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Search for a Forklift Certification Program that is either local or can travel to you (or your current employer’s site).

Important Personality Traits

Once you have all the necessary forklift training and forklift certifications, be sure you have the following personality traits:

·         Safety Awareness: Forklifts and other heavy material handling equipment can be dangerous if not operated safely. You can’t be a reckless driver or ignorant of safety protocol.

·         Judgment: You may find yourself maneuvering in some tricky situations, good judgement is key to avoid accidents.

·         Up to date Certification: Like any industry, standards and machinery are always changing. Frequent training is important to reduce accidents. Be sure you or your employer enrolls you in a Forklift Training Program that offers forklift recertification.

In Conclusion

Learning and re-learning these skills will make you a successful forklift operator. If you want to learn more about what it takes to operate a lift truck, call Craneology Inc at (951) 943-9977 or visit  - a Crane, Rigging, and Forklift Operator training and certification company based in Perris, Riverside, California (but able to visit Any site NATIONWIDE). is proud to be military trained and veteran owned. Craneology Inc specializes in crane certification, recertification, telescopic boom, forklift, aerial work platforms, overhead cranse, train the trainer, mobile cranes, tss, tll, boom trucks, rigger certifaction, signal person certification, NCCCO/CCO standards, and more.


Craneology, Inc. fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and will prepare candidates for the CCO tests.

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