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How To Be A Certified Forklift Operator: 3 Steps To A Successful New Career

Are you looking to expand your career into the world of forklift operation?


Becoming a qualified forklift operator is easier than you think! Whether you're new to the field or looking to refresh your skills, we've got you covered. Here, we’ll guide you through the crucial steps to becoming certified, from understanding the requirements to finding the right training programs and passing the necessary exams so you can operate a forklift safely.


Ready to elevate your career? Let’s dive in.


Step #1: Meet training requirements for your forklift licence course

To become a qualified forklift operator, you can’t simply walk into the nearest training facility and demand qualification. First, you must ensure you can actually complete the required training and get your forklift licence.

All aspiring forklift drivers must meet the following requirements to complete forklift training: 

  • 100 points of identification
  • USI number
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Must be a New South Wales resident
  • Able to read, write and articulate in English.

You can book your forklift licence training (see step two) if you meet these requirements. 


Step #2: Complete forklift training with an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Operating a forklift is not just jumping in and operating the truck. You need to understand the technical differences between various forklifts and receive practical training, providing the essential knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely and effectively. 


There are four sections of the course. These are:

  • Plan Work
  • Conduct Routine Checks
  • Shift Load
  • Shut Down and Secure Forklift Truck

Your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and highly qualified trainer will run practical exercises, tests, and demonstrations, ensuring you receive the hands-on forklift training you need for success. You will also learn the theoretical aspects of operating a forklift, including planning and best practices for safety on-site.


With an RTO like All Class Training, forklift training courses can be completed within two days. Book your training here.


Step #3: Complete the practical assessment & apply for your licence

At successful completion of the forklift training course, you will be assessed by a SafeWork NSW Assessor. The final assessment includes practical, theoretical, and mathematical elements. If you pass, you can apply for your forklift licence. If not, you can resit the exam (please note that an additional fee may be charged). 


It is rare for students to fail the test. At All Class Training, we have a pass rate of over 99%!


Your Assessor will provide your licence application, which you can submit at the nearest Australia Post Office. Bring 100 points of ID and a clear, passport-sized photo of yourself, and don’t forget to write your name and date of birth on the back of the envelope. You will also be required to pay a $86 licence fee (current cost at time of publication).


Your licence will then be issued in the mail by Australia Post, and you can start looking for work in the field.


Contact All Class Training today for forklift license certification in Newcastle and the Hunter.