Getting your forklift licence is an important step that fully prepares you to operate this type of equipment for your employer. In fact, there are numerous regulations that prevent your employer from allowing you to operate a forklift without this certification. If you are hoping to find employment operating a forklift, completing your certification before applying for the job can be a big help. Many employers will see this as an indication of how serious you take the position and how they can expect you to treat their equipment once you’re hired.
The cost of a forklift certification can vary greatly depending on where you live. There are several different types of certification classes and which one you choose can also affect the price of the course. The thing to remember is that all of them will result in you obtaining your forklift certification, so the choice is up to you. One thing to keep in mind is that many employers have a preference on where you were certified. Some require the training to be in a classroom and even specify what type of forklift they want you trained on for their company. If you are being certified to apply for a particular position it’s always a good idea to ask which type of certification they require or if they have a preference.
The least expensive type of forklift licence can be completed in an online course. These web-based classes don’t require a professional instructor to teach and the companies offering these classes can train you for less. This is a great way to get your forklift licence if you need it in advance of applying for a particular job. It is a quick and easy way to get a general certification that you can later expand if needed on specific equipment your new employer wants you to operate. These online classes can cost anywhere from $50 to $200 depending on their length and may include videos, slide decks or other training mediums to teach you what you need to know in order to pass the certification. All of them include a final examination that tests your knowledge of the material covered in the course and you’ll need to pass this to obtain your certificate.
Another option is offered in a classroom setting. This can be done at a local facility or at the trainer’s location. In this type of class you’ll typically be grouped in with other people going through the same training for other employers. This is a great way to make contacts with other forklift operators and may even lead to finding a job after you complete your certification. Most training facilities will hold these classes several times a month and keep the price low by training a larger group at the same time. These classes can cost between $100 and $300 depending on where you live.
The least expensive option of all is where an employer does the training. Some of the larger shipping and warehouse companies will actually train new employee’s right at their facility for free as part of their jobs. This is a great way to get the training you need without paying for the cost of a class yourself.