Forklift License, Does It Exist?

Forklift license, does it exist. People misunderstand that you can obtain a license to drive a forklift. In fact, there is no such a thing as a forklift license, there are only certifications. The difference is that the government does not verify your skills or abilities like when you receive a vehicle license. When you receive a certification to drive a forklift, it is to show that you have been trained to use it in a safe manner.

Forklift Operator Using A Forklift
Do forklift Licenses exist?

A certification is only good for a specific type of equipment and only in the environment where the certification took place. Therefore, even if you have been certified on a forklift at one company, that does not mean that you can use a forklift at another company. Even if you are using the same style lift. It is the responsibility of the owner of the forklift to verify that anyone using that forklift has received proper training. Therefore the “certification”.

For anyone looking to gain a forklift qualification, or for a business looking to hire a qualified forklift operator, it’s important to make the distinction between a forklift license and a forklift certification.
First things first, let’s establish something very important: there is no such thing as a forklift license. Although you would think that you would need a license to operate a forklift, truth is you don’t; but you certainly need to be ‘qualified’, but this qualification does not come in the form of a license.

Employers are required by Health and Safety legislation to ensure that all employees have the appropriate training on equipment they may be expected to use during their employment. Forklift training must be recorded in writing; what machines the individual has used, the operations they have carried out and any relevant restrictions on their training. These written records are known as training certificates.

So, the key difference between a forklift license and a certificate is that a license doesn’t exist. When it comes to hiring a forklift operator, it’s crucial that written records of training must be provided – these form the certification. While there’s no legal requirement for refresher training, employers should take care to provide refresher training for those that need it, when they need it.

There is a common misconception regarding forklift licenses and the corresponding training. Many people presume the process of receiving a forklift license is the same as receiving a driving license, everyone takes a standardised test and, once passed, receives license that allows them to drive any car (with a few exceptions).

Forklift licenses don’t really exist. Instead, you will receive a certificate upon completing a training course. Licenses are not necessarily permanent, but the certificate from your training is.

This system is a result of the various types of forklift training available. Each type of forklift truck requires its own training course, and each of these courses are offered at various levels and by numerous accrediting bodies.

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