A man in yellow vest and hard hat on forklift.



This online Forklift Training course complies with the requirements for theory training as outlined in both the CSA Standard B335 as well as the ANSI Standard B56.1. The forklift is one of the most common pieces of equipment used in the workplace and it’s important that all workers are properly trained. Improper use can cause serious or fatal injuries. Upon successful completion of this online Forklift Training course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

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Online Forklift Training


  • Forklift functions and capabilities
  • Balance, stability and capacity requirements
  • Pre-operational visual and operational inspections
  • Operator safety
  • Safe machine entry and exit
  • Parking guidelines
  • Safe loading, moving and deploying
  • Fueling safety procedures
  • Industrial battery changing, charging and adding water


Approximately 2.5 hours


Testing conducted throughout this Online Forklift Training course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course two additional times if the 80% pass mark is not achieved on the first attempt.


Upon successful completion of this Online Forklift Training course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

Safety Training Tips for Forklift Operators:

Operators must be trained

  • Forklift operators must be professional trained and hold a valid training certificate.

Safety clothing must be worn.

  • Operators must appropriate workplace safety wear as outlined by their employer and may include a hard hat, safety shoes and a hi-visibility vest.
  • Don’t operate any of the controls if your hands have grease on them, this may cause slippage on the control and possible accidents.

Inspect equipment before every use

  • Operators must do a pre-operational check before every shift. The basics defects to look for are steering, brakes, controls, warning devices, tires and mast.
  • If any defects are noticed, a supervisor must be notified and the forklift must be tagged and removed from service until a qualified technician can repair it.

Starting the forklift

  • Operator must use the steps and hand grabs to seat and position themselves correctly in the forklift.
  • Ensure all controls are in reach and the seat position and mirrors are adjusted to the operator’s requirements.
  • The operator must not start the forklift until they are seated properly with the safety belt fastened and all body parts are inside the cabin of the forklift.

The workplace environment

  • When operating the machine, you must always follow the workplace rules and regulations.
  • Observe and adhere to all load and clearance signage.
  • Always be aware of load height, mast and overhead guard of the machine when entering or exiting buildings.
  • Use caution when operating a forklift near the edge of a loading dock and always keep a safe distance from the edge.

Operate at safe speeds

  • Always obey worksite speed limit.
  • Manoeuvre corners and turns slowly to reduce risk of tipping.
  • Make all changes of direction and stops slowly and gradually.

Hazard avoidance

  • Avoid bumps or uneven ground surfaces along with slippery conditions.
  • Avoid loose ground objects which could cause loss of control or a load to shift.
  • Horn use is required when approaching a corner, doorway or entrance and near pedestrians or other machine operators.
  • Keep a safe distance from other working forklifts.
  • Always allow yourself enough space to stop safely.

Load stability

  • Always check the load for stability and damage prior to moving.
  • Loads must be tilted back with the forks sitting low while moving a load to increase stability.
  • Always check for any overhead objects to avoid accidental contact.
  • Do not lift or move loads that are not safe or stable or too heavy for the machine capabilities.
  • Loads must be correctly stacked and positioned across both forks.

Clear visibility

  • Only operate the forklift in reverse when it can improve visibility, except when moving up ramps.
  • Ensure you can see the racking clearly in which you are removing or placing your load.
  • In some circumstances you may need a lookout helper to assist you if visibility is poor.

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