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1.  A minimum high school education, or you have completed the GED.

2.  Your age should be 18 years old or older.

3.  You’ll need to be in good physical shape and have good eyesight.

     (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  You may need to learn more skills, depending on the job required. Your employer should list what

     those extra skills are. (for example, having knowledge in using a carpet lifter forklift attachment

     for a job in a carpet warehouse)

5.  Show your certification that you have enrolled and passed an OSHA compliant school for forklift

     operation. (a list of schools in your state is provided for you below)

6.  And, you do not need a driver’s license to become a forklift operator.

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

     Get a great deal here.

One of the more popular states, California is home to some of the world’s largest corporations. (9th largest economy in the world) As well as being the gateway to major exports and imports, which are always on the lookout for licensed forklift operators. Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Francisco are good sources for job openings.

It is required by law in the state of California to be certified as a forklift operator according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. Workers who are discovered to be operating a forklift without

Forklift license in the

state of California

certification can face fines of thousands of dollars as well as being fired on the spot. Each year in California, numerous people are killed or injured in forklift accidents due to lack of training and certification. There is a good reason these laws must be enforced. Be sure to renew your certification every 3 years and on the jobsite, always carry your license card with you.

There are OSHA requirements in place for employers that must be met for workers who are operating forklifts. Some companies have their own forklift trainers to teach their team members OSHA required forklift training. Sometimes an outside consultant teacher will be hired if the company has no trainer in place.

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 requirements are needed to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in California in five easy steps:

1.  See below for a list of schools/trainers in this state, then contact an OSHA and/or state compliant

     school or trainer near you.

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

     maintenance and safety. You will then take a written test. Don’t be afraid to ask your trainer any

     questions you may have!

3.  Next, you will have hands-on training operating your forklift. A pre-start walk-around inspection will

     be one of the lessons. Once you are comfortable in driving the forklift in the facility, you will then

     be tested in performing tasks with the forklift. You can learn one kind of forklift, or many models

     (counterbalance, narrow aisle, pallet) in your training plan. We suggest learning how to operate

     several machines to give you a better chance at getting a great job. Remember to learn all of the

     controls and features of the forklift at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for more time

     operating the forklift until you get used to it.

4.  Once you pass these series of tests you will then 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 update your

     resume with this certification. Be sure to look for forklift jobs here at our website! Now you have

     an advantage over others at getting a great paying job.

Forklift Training Schools in California

Forklift Academy, 5737 Kanan Rd. #508 Agoura Hills,CA  (888) 381-2572

Atlas Forklift Training - 464 S Pershing Ave, San Bernardino, CA  909-275-7239

Central California Safety Council, 6004 N. El Dorado St. Stockton, CA (209) 472-7233

Safety Center Incorporated 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, Northern CA 916-366-7233

AAA Forklift, 1271 Columbia Ave F-6, Riverside CA  (951) 200-4272

Graylift, 4646 East Jensen Fresno, CA 800.464.3225

Superior Forklift Training, 1235 E Francis St, Ontario, CA  866-992-7774

A-1 Forklift Certification, 950 N Tustin Ave, Anaheim, CA 562-895-6400

Coast to Coast Forklift Training 13600 Imperial Hwy #5, Santa Fe Springs, CA 562-477-1483

A Forklift Training 4975 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA  707-538-7893

Forklift University, Inc. of Southern California, 7805 Telegraph Rd, Montebello, CA 909-740-3647

Prosafe Forklift Training Center, 2201 E Winston Rd, Anaheim, CA 714-786-8577

Toyota Material Handling, 31010 San Antonio St, Hayward, CA 510-675-0500

Ives Safety Center Inc. 3909 Bradshaw Road Sacramento, Northern CA 1-800-643-1144

And what’s the salary can I make as a licensed forklift operator?

Within the state of California, you can earn an hourly wage of $17.46 or $36,320 per year being a forklift operator. Please note that wages can be higher and you could be offered overtime in your job.

State agencies

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

California Department of Industrial Relations

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 10th Fl San Francisco, CA 94102-7004 (415) 703-4810  


2000 E. McFadden Avenue, Suite 214 Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 558-4411 | (800) 963-9424

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