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1.  A high school education or equivalent.

2.  18 years of age or older.

3.  Good physical condition with good eyesight. (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

     You may need to learn other skills for the job at hand. Your employer will list what those requirements     

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

     a carpet warehouse)

4.  Forklift certification card by attending and passing an OSHA compliant school for forklift operation.

     (A list of schools in your state are featured below)

5.  A driver’s license is not needed in order to become a forklift operator.

6.  You’ll need safety equipment. You’ll need proper footwear, safety glasses, and earplugs.

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Alaska is a state of many opportunities including natural resources. Anchorage, the largest city is also the prime shipping port for the state, receiving 95% of all goods destined for Alaska. You will quickly find many job opportunities for a licensed forklift operator here.

In the state of Alaska, the law requires you to be certified when operating a forklift according to the guidelines provided by the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Administration (AKOSH). If you are caught operating the forklift with no certification, you can face charges and heavy fines of thousands of dollars. Each year workers

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are killed from improper forklift operation and lack of training – therefore the laws that must be enforced in the workplace. Always carry your forklift license with you at work. Re-certification happens every 3 years and is easily affordable.

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

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

OSHA 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (forklift operator training)For general industry such as warehouse, port, etc.

OSHA 1910.179(l) - Operator Training for Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts)For the construction industry

What is needed to become a forklift operator?

How to get a forklift license in Alaska in five easy steps:

1.  Contact an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near you. A list of schools/trainers

     in this state is provided below.

2.  When you take this course, you will usually be shown how a forklift works, forklift safety and

     maintenance. A written test will be required. Be sure to ask questions if you have any!

3.  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 he 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, and

     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.

Forklift Training Schools in Alaska

Alaska Warehouse Specialists Inc - 12050 Industry Way, Anchorage, AK 99515, (907) 222-0900

Northern Industrial Training, LLC - Palmer, 907-357-6400; Anchorage, 907-743-7700

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation - 907-349-0334

Alaska Specialty Equipment - Anchorage, (907) 341-2261

Independent Lift Truck Of Alaska, Inc. - Anchorage, (907) 344-3383

Alaska Forklift & Warehouse Supply - 5610 Silverado Way, Anchorage, (907) 565-4411

All Pro Alaska - (907) 338-5438

All Terrain Truck & Equipment Inc - (907) 344-2793

Total Equipment Training - 610.321.2679

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

Within the state of Alaska you can earn an hourly wage of $18.72 or $38,530 per year being a forklift operator. Please note wages can be higher and you can earn more with overtime.

State agencies

To learn more you may also contact:

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development 1111 W. 8th Street, Room 304Juneau, Alaska 99801-1149(907) 465-2700

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health and OSHA Alaska

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