How Do I Prepare for a Forklift Test?

Dan Cavallari

In some cases, an employer may tell you what tests and certifications you must take in order to be qualified to drive a forklift. If this is the case, be sure to ask the employer for informational materials that will help you study for the forklift test. If no materials are available, or if you are trying to become certified on your own, you should first research which tests will be most useful for you to take. Find out what certifications most employers in your area are looking for, and register for that forklift test. When you register, inquire about study materials.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Plenty of online websites offer information on how to properly operate a forklift. These materials can help you learn the basics and memorize crucial information, though it is important to consider the sources carefully to ensure you are getting accurate and up to date information. This is sometimes a challenge, and you may not have the time to do this before your forklift test. If you are at a loss as to where to get information, consider visiting a local library for guidance, or a local construction company. Workers at that company may be able to point you in the right direction toward finding study materials.

Your local community college is a great resource for preparing for a forklift test, if it offers forklift operation classes. In some cases, the school will give you all the information you need to safely operate a forklift and to pass the forklift test; the school may even help you make a reservation for taking the test. Whenever possible, try to choose a training course that will give you hands-on experience driving and operating a forklift. Some tests require you to demonstrate working knowledge of operating procedures, and you will be required to demonstrate your ability to drive the forklift properly, secure loads, raise and lower pallets, and so on.

If you order training materials online or from a catalog, be sure those materials are approved by a regulating body. In the United States, safety training is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and much of the testing will be conducted by this regulating body. Be sure any materials you choose to purchase are designed to prepare you for OSHA testing; the OSHA website may even give recommendations for training materials that will help you pass a forklift test.

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