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1.  To start, a minimum high school education or having completed the GED.

2.  You need to be 18 years of age or older

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

     (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  Knowledge of other skills may be needed according to the job at hand. A company should 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 your forklift license, showing you have certification that you have attended and passed

     an OSHA compliant school for forklift operation. (we have provided as list of OSHA schools

     in your state below)

6.  Contrary to what some might tell you, having a driver’s license is not needed to become

     a forklift operator.

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

     Get a great deal here.

Colorado is one of the major business leaders of the United States, with an estimated state production of 257 billion for 2010. The defense industry is one of the major employers as well as food processing a close second.

You can find jobs for licenced forklift operators in major cities such as Denver, and Boulder.

Inside the state of Colorado, the law requires you to have certification to become a forklift operator according to guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These laws are in place because of the accidents that occur every year from untrained and

Forklift license in the

state of Colorado

careless forklift operators. If you are discovered operating a forklift without being certified to drive it, you could be facing thousands of dollars in fines as well as loosing your job on the spot.

Forklift certification happens every 3 years and you must always carry your license card with

you when working.

There are OSHA requirements in place that employers must meet for their workers who will be operating a forklift on the jobsite. A lot of companies have dedicated trainers to teach their workers

the OSHA forklift training. In other times, you will find a consultant has been hired to do the teaching for them.

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 are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in Colorado in five easy steps:

1.  Search for an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near where you live.

     A list of schools/trainers in Colorado are provided here for you, see below.

2.  Once you take the course, you then be taught how a forklift works, forklift safety and maintenance.

     You will then be given a written test. Be sure to ask questions if you have any, your teachers are

     eager to help.

3.  The next stage of the course is hands-on training where you will be operating the forklift.

     A pre-start inspection is provided here. Once you are comfortable in operating the machine in the

     school, the teacher will then be testing you in performing various tasks with the machine. You may

     learn many kinds 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 license. 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.  Now, you can include your forklift certification on your resume and start looking for forklift

     operator’s jobs. You can look for forklift jobs here at our website! You now have a great advantage

     in getting a good job and paycheque.

Forklift Training Schools in Colorado

Colorado Safety Association 1114 W 7th Ave #150, Denver, CO 80204 303-373-1937

Welch Equipment Co Inc, 4445 Northpark Dr # 110, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-599-4497

Miller Safety Consulting, 12071 North Tejon St W, Westminster, CO 80234 303-477-1044

Crown Lift Trucks, 17700 E 32nd Pl, Aurora, CO 80011, 303-344-1000

H&E Equipment Services, 3550 New Nichols Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-393-1840

FMH Material Handling Solutions, Inc. 4105 Globeville Rd, Denver, CO 80216 303-292-5438

Discount Forklift 4625 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80216 877-779-9431

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

In the state of Colorado a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $15.65 or $32,550 per year.

This is much higher than a minimum wage job. Also, the salary could be higher in some cases as well as the bonus of overtime pay.

State agencies

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

OSHA Denver Office

1391 Speer Boulevard, Suite 210 Denver, Colorado 80204-2552

(303) 844-5285

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

633 17th Street, Suite 201 Denver, CO 80202-3660 303-318-9000

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