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Major employers within the state of Arizona include retail and defense contractors, which use numerous forklift operators. If you happen to live in the main cities of Phoenix, Mesa or Tuscon you will find several job openings for licensed forklift operators. You are also located next to California, which is one of the largest sources for employment in this field.

In Arizona, it is the law to be certified as a forklift operator according to the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you are discovered operating a forklift without certification, you

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or the company hiring you could be facing fines of thousands of dollars. These laws are enforced because of the dangers of untrained and careless forklift operators that kill or injure workers each year in accidents. Be sure to renew your certification every 3 years and always take your license card with you in the workplace.

Employers must meet OSHA requirements for their workers who are going to be operating a forklift. Most employers will teach you OSHA required forklift training. Sometimes they use an outside company to teach their employees forklift training.

The OSHA industry regulations for both employers and individuals are listed here:

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 requirements will I need to become a forklift operator?

1.  High school education or equivalent to start.

2.  Age is 18 years old or older

3.  Being in good physical shape with good eyesight is important.

     (Using corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  You may need to learn more skills for the job at hand. The employer will explain to you what those

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

     attachment for a job in a carpet warehouse)

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

     operation. (A list of schools in your state are provided below for you)

6.  Don’t have a driver’s license? Not a problem, no driver’s license is needed to become

     a forklift operator.

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

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Get a forklift license in Arizona now! In five easy steps:

1.  Search and contact an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near you. We have a list

     of schools/trainers in this state provided below for you.

2.  The course provided will teach you how a forklift works, forklift safety and maintenance.

     You will be taking a written test but don’t be afraid to ask questions.

3.  The second part of this course is hands-on training in driving the forklift. A pre-start walk-around

     inspection will be taught. Once you are used to operating the forklift in the training area, you will

     be tested running the forklift in various tasks. 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.  Once you pass these tests you will then be awarded your certificate of forklift operator.

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

     You’ll 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 great chance

     at getting hired for a well paying job.

Forklift Training Schools in Arizona

Forklift University, Inc. 3420 S 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Phone:+1 602-903-1895

Ives Training Group, 1151 Grier Drive, Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89119 1-800-643-1144

Toyotalift, Inc. (Arizona) 1445 N. 26th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85009 (602) 278-2371

Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling, 4335 E. Wood St. Phoenix, AZ 85040 602.904.6763

Southwest Industrial Rigging 2802 West Palm Lane Phoenix, AZ 85009  (602) 278-6281

Handling Systems, Inc. 2659 E Magnolia St, Phoenix, AZ 602-275-2228

Arizona Safety Plus, Inc., PO Box 50823 Mesa, AZ 85208-0042  (844) 297-2338

Images Enterprises LLC 3820 S Palo Verde Rd #113, Tucson, AZ 520-777-6462

Airborne Forklift Certification, 2100 E Runaway Bay PI, Chandler, AZ 480-361-8753

Northern Arizona University, S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 928-523-9011

Alliance of Construction Trades, 465 W St Mary's Rd, Tucson, AZ 520-624-3002

Alliance Material Handling, 3324 E Atlanta Ave, Phoenix, AZ 602-386-1850

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

Within Arizona a certified forklift operator can earn an average hourly wage of $14.45 or $30,060 per year. However you can earn more with possible higher wages plus overtime pay. There are lots of options available when you are a certified operator.

State agencies

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)

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