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1.  You need a minimum high school education.

2.  You need to be 18 years old or older.

3.  You should be in good physical shape and have good eyesight.

     (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  Depending on the job at hand, you may need to learn other skills. The employer will list what those

     requirements are. (for example, you may need knowledge in using a carpet lifter forklift attachment

     for a job in a carpet warehouse)

5.  Have certification that you have attended and passed an OSHA compliant school for forklift

     operation. (see below for a list of schools in your province)

6.  You do not need a driver’s license become a forklift operator.

7.  Safety Equipment is necessary. You’ll need proper footwear, safety glasses, and earplugs.

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Lift Truck Safety Training Centre – Box 22004, Edmonton (780) 465-5001

Leavitt Machinery Training Center - 15712-112 Ave NW Edmonton, (866) 291-3322

Cervus Equipment - 5159 72 Avenue SE Calgary (403) 917-1002

AFSC - 2919 - 104 St. Edmonton (780) 863-5165

Capital Industrial Sales & Service - 3504 - 66 Avenue SE Calgary (888) 644-0644

Capital Industrial Sales & Service - #1, 6540 - 71 Street Red Deer (866) 341-4581

Western Materials Handling - Bay 1 1751 30th St. S.W Medicine Hat (403) 527-5400

Being one of the largest producers of crude oil, natural gas, synthetic crude and gas products has made Alberta is a leader in Canadian oil production. As being one of the wealthiest provinces, there is large investment in other industries as well such as lumber and electronics. Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Fort McMurray are some of the main cities in Alberta that have high paying jobs for forklift operators. Within the petroleum sector alone, there are logistic support people needed now to supply this dominant industry.

In the province of Alberta, it is required by law to be

Forklift license in the province

of Alberta

certified as a forklift operator according to the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). If you are found to be driving a forklift without this certification, you or your supervisor could be facing a fine up to $25,000 & up to one year in prison. These laws are enforced because of the dangers of untrained and careless forklift operators that kill or injure workers each year in accidents. You must renew your certification every 3 years and always carry your certification card with you on the job.


The OSHA has requirements in place that employers must meet for their workers who are going to be operating a forklift. Most employers have a dedicated trainer to teach their employees OSHA required forklift training. Other times they will hire a consultant to do the teaching if no trainer is available.  


These are the Alberta industry regulations for both employers and individuals:

Alberta Construction Safety Association

What are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in Alberta in five easy steps:

1.  Find and contact an OSHA and/or provincial compliant school or trainer near you. See below

     for a list of schools/trainers in Alberta.

2.  Upon taking the course, you will usually be shown a course on how a forklift works, forklift safety

     and maintenance. You will then take a written examination. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

3.  As part of the course, you will be given hands-on training operating a forklift. Part of this training

     will be the walk-around inspection before starting. When you feel comfortable in operating the

     machine in the facility, the trainer will then test you performing various tasks with the machine.

     You may be using several types of forklifts (counterbalance, narrow aisle, pallet) in your training

     or just one kind. It is advisable to learn how to operate a variety of machines so you can increase

     your chances at getting a good job. Be sure to learn all of the controls and features of the machine

     at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for more time operating the machine until you get

     used to it.

4.  When you pass these series of tests you should be awarded your forklift certificate.

     Congratulations! You have now met the OSHA standards to become a certified forklift operator.

     Be sure to get your certificate and/or operators license. You can use your license for 3 years, then

     it must be renewed, usually at the same training school. (for a small fee)

5.  Next, search for a forklift job and remember to show your operators license and note it on your

     resume. Be sure to search for forklift jobs here at our website! You now have a very good chance

     at getting a well paying job.

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What kind of salary can I make as a licensed forklift operator

in Alberta?

In the province of Alberta a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $17.92 or $37,273 per year. Wages can be higher and overtime is also an option in earning more.

Provincial Offices

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

Alberta Ministry of Labour

Argyll Centre 6325 Gateway Boulevard NW Edmonton, AB T6H 5H6 1-877-427-3731

Occupational Health and Safety Branch

600 Guiness House, Elveden Centre 727-7 Avenue SW Calgary, AB


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