Forklift Certification: After You Pass

July 4, 2013

You have gotten your forklift certification, but now what can you do with it? It depends on your career goals. You may be able to find a job and get going, or you may need to seek further training.

There are a number of different industries that utilize these vehicles, but there are three that lead the pack:

• The agricultural industry,

• Industrial jobs, and

• Shipyards.

No matter where you live, chances are that there are jobs in at least one of these industries near you. It never hurts to find out what types of trucks are used in a specific business, as this can affect what you may need to know or do in order to get a job there.

Your basic forklift certification course gives you a general overview of the different types of FLs available and how to use them safely. Your credentials show that you understand the principles of safe operation, but you may need some additional hands-on training with a specific type of device to ensure that you can use it properly. Most accidents occur because someone did something that wasn’t safe, whether knowingly or not, and while an accident could be minor, it also has the potential of being lethal.

There are several types of these machines, from gas-powered to electric. They can be used on a variety of terrains, from smooth concrete to rough landscape. There are even different attachments that can be used. A basic understanding is good for a basic version, but if your boss asks you to drive a forklift you are unfamiliar with, you would be wise to inform him that you will need additional training.

Getting your basic certification is simple and easy with our online license service. Not sure you have what it takes to earn your certification? We offer a practice test that you can take for free at