Forklift Operator


In just one day, students will be trained to operate a forklift and receive a three-year certificate in forklift safety, preventative maintenance, and driving/operation skills. As a trained forklift operator, you can earn up to $15 an hour. Completing the Forklift Operator program allows students to operate a forklift at manufacturing plants and distribution centers.

This course will also prepare students to work as a material handler or warehouse operator at any number of manufacturing, supply, or logistic companies. Safety requirements prohibit open-toe, cloth, and high-heeled shoes. Students must be 18 years of age in order to operate a forklift.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
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Forklift Training

Learn the correct care and use of forklift equipment. Topics include information covered in OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Standard (OSHA Standard 1910.178). Successful students receive a three-year forklift certificate. Safety requirements prohibit open, cloth, or high-heeled shoes. Students must be 18 years of age. Valid Driver's License required.



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Not including fees and equipment


Forklift Operator

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • National Shipping Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Further Your Education

Continue at MTC to gain other training in manufacturing, distribution, or supply chain to add to your forklift skills.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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