Forklift Operator Training Certification
Certification can be in-person, online or in virtual reality
There are many companies that offer certification for forklift training. It’s a great way for the forklift operator to get the hands-on experience in a controlled setting to learn or practice the most effective ways to engage and operate an electric, LP or gas forklift.
However, with the pandemic, companies had adopted alternative ways to provide forklift training such as virtual forklift simulator training. It provides the operator a way to practice in various environments, perfecting skills prior to taking them live in their own warehouse or plant. Virtual forklift simulators can focus on a particular area within the facility where the forklift operator is having issues such as tight aisles and turning corners. It’s a preventative measure in hopes that the operator will practice, learn and correct the action.
Even with a forklift simulator, the forklift operator still needs to go through the certification training program to gain the hands-on experience. A study conducted by OSHA, found forklift operators performed 61% better after forklift safety training. Insurance companies will lower the cost of Worker’s Comp coverage if the forklift operator goes through the certification and shows proof of completion.