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1.  A high school education at least or completed the GED.

2.  Age range is 18 years old or older

3.  Be in good physical shape and have good eyesight. (It’s OK to wear corrective lenses or contacts)

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 state)

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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The state of Connecticut has long been known with strong ties to maritime traditions. You’ll find forklift jobs in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven within the state. Getting your license to operate a forklift is necessary.

A worker is required by law to be certified as a forklift operator in the state of Connecticut - according to the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You or your employer can face a fine up to $10,000 if you are caught driving a forklift without certification. Why are these laws needed? Because each year people are injured or killed in forklift

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state of Connecticut

accidents, usually due to lack of training and not being certified to operate the machine. Certification

is easy and your license is good for 3 years before needing to recertify. Always keep your license with you.

There are OSHA requirements in place for employers to follow for workers who operate a forklift.

Many workplaces have a forklift trainer on staff to teach employees the OSHA required training.

In some cases, they hire an independent company to teach their workers 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 are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in Connecticut in five easy steps:

1.  First, look up an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near where you live. Listed below

     are a list of schools/trainers in Connecticut.

2.  Take the course, and you will usually be given a lesson on how a forklift works, forklift safety and

     maintenance. Next is a written examination. Ask questions if you have any!

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.

Forklift Training Schools in Connecticut

Allstate Commercial Driver Training 249 Pearl Street, Seymour CT 800-246-9567

Summit Handling Systems, 11 Defco Park Road North Haven, CT 203-239-5351

IVES Training & Compliance Group Inc.  PO Box 4798, Blaine, WA


SUPERIOR FORK LIFT,INC. 65 S Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, CT 1 203-265-9510

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

As a forklift operator, you could make an hourly wage of $16.46 or $34,230 per year in the state of Connecticut. Of course, working harder and being eager to learn more skills, your wages could be higher as well as earning overtime.

State agencies

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

Connecticut Department of Labor

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 Phone: 860-263-6000

Federal OSHA

Hartford Area Office Federal Building

450 Main Street, Room 613 Hartford, Connecticut 06103 (860) 240-3152  

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