The 4 Directional Reach Forklift (Combilift) Operator Training Course from Safety First Training is an OHSA based program that teaches pre-operation forklift inspection, safe operator requirements, proper forklift load handling, operating and moving the machine and hazard avoidance. Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge. We also offer Train the Trainer courses for 4 Directional Reach (Combilift) Forklifts.

Note – we do not provide public sessions for individuals

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4-Directional Reach Forklift Training and Certification

Our comprehensive 4-Directional Reach Forklift Training program adheres to the CSA Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (B335-15), which delineates necessary knowledge, practical skills, and evaluation criteria for lift truck operators. This course also conforms to the guidelines outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, REGULATION 851 for INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, focusing on lift truck safety.

Course Overview:

  • Introduction to the 4-Directional Reach Forklift Operator Training
  • Overview of Relevant Government Legislation
  • Safety Training Video on Reach Forklift Operations
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Workers, Supervisors, and Employers
  • Identification of Different Types of Lift Trucks
  • Pre-Operational Checks
  • Inspection, Maintenance, and Record-Keeping
  • Understanding Lift Capacity and Load Limitations
  • Fuel Safety for Electric and Propane Equipment
  • Best Practices for Safe Operating Procedures

The 4-Directional Reach Forklift, or Combilift, is engineered to navigate effortlessly in multiple directions, facilitating the handling of long and bulky loads in narrower aisles without necessitating right-angle turns. This innovative four-directional travel mode enhances maneuverability and operational efficiency while minimizing damage.

Operating the 4-Directional Combilift Forklift: Safety Tips

  1. Pre-Operation Inspection: Ensure the forklift is in optimal condition by checking brakes, steering, lights, tires, and other critical components before use.
  2. Personal Protective Equipment: Always wear necessary safety gear, including a hard hat, high-visibility vest, and steel-toed boots.
  3. Adhere to Load Capacity: Do not exceed the forklift’s designated load capacity, which can be found on the manufacturer’s data plate.
  4. Smooth Operation: Operate the forklift at a controlled speed, avoiding abrupt movements which can destabilize the load.
  5. Maintain Visibility: Keep your surroundings in clear view at all times, utilizing mirrors and maintaining vigilance for any obstacles or personnel in the vicinity.
  6. Navigate Cautiously: Exercise extra caution on slopes or uneven surfaces to maintain stability—keep loads low and move slowly.
  7. Environmental Awareness: Stay alert to your environment, watching for other vehicles, pedestrians, and potential hazards.
  8. Avoid Distractions: Focus solely on operating the forklift—avoid using mobile phones or listening to music during operations.
  9. Proper Parking Procedures: When parking, ensure the forklift is on level ground, engage the parking brake, lower the forks, and turn off the engine.

By adhering to these safety guidelines, operators will enhance their operational competence, ensuring a safer workplace and reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.

Train the Trainer – 4 Directional Reach Forklift Certification

Our Train, the Trainer program for 4 Directional Reach Forklifts, offers comprehensive training enabling you to conduct in-house safety courses based on OHSA guidelines. This program is ideal for individuals or employee groups requiring safety training, providing a cost-effective alternative to external trainers. By completing our course, you will become a qualified safety trainer equipped to deliver 4 Directional Reach Forklift training within your organization.

Our Course Package Includes:

  • A Professional Teaching Guide
  • Participant Handouts
  • Evaluation Forms
  • A Template for a Wall Certificate
  • Instructor Course Presentation
  • Course Test and Answer Key
  • Supplemental Course Video
  • Wallet Card Template

Forklift Overview

Explore the various types of forklifts we train on and understand their capabilities and applications. Our comprehensive training ensures you are equipped to handle different forklift operations safely and efficiently.


Counterbalance Forklifts (Electric or Propane):

  • Available in two varieties: Electric and Propane.
  • Commonly known as forklifts or lift trucks.
  • Equipped with various attachments that enhance functionality, though training is required for their use.

Narrow Aisle Reach:

  • Capable of lifting to 4500 lbs and reaching heights of up to 30 feet.
  • Operated standing, specifically designed for pulling and placing items on racks.
  • Ideal for use in narrow aisles and closely spaced racks.

4 Directional Reach Forklift:

  • Eliminates the need for right-angle turns, optimizing maneuverability.
  • Reduces the required aisle width for handling long or bulky loads.
  • Features a four-directional travel mode that enhances efficiency and reduces potential damage to goods.

Swing Reach:

  • Requires specialized training distinct from Narrow Aisle Reach.
  • Designed to maximize storage density, potentially tripling storage capacity based on the model.

Dock Stocker:

  • Also known as a Reach Truck, though it operates on a different system.
  • Available in sit-down and stand-up models.
  • Some variants boast an increased load capacity ranging from 3000 to 5000 lbs.

Walkie/Walkie Rider:

  • Commonly referred to as a pallet jack.
  • Known for its ease of maneuverability and responsiveness.
  • Ideal for low-level order picking.

Order Picker:

  • Enhances the efficiency of the picking process for operators.
  • Available in three levels: low, medium, and high, often termed as cherry pickers.

High-Capacity Forklift:

  • Offers lifting capacities ranging from 19000 to 105821 lbs.
  • Comes with various front-end carriages to handle different loads.
  • Designed to manage heavy loads with ease.

Zoom Boom:

  • Suitable for outdoor operations in rough terrains.
  • Lifting capacity varies from 3000 lbs to 46000 lbs, depending on the model.
  • Compatible with various attachments for diverse operational needs.

Safety First!

Always adhere to the following safety practices:

  • Comply with provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Understand and follow your employer’s health and safety procedures
  • Read and adhere to the equipment’s Operator’s and Manufacturer’s Manual
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respect equipment lifting capacities and heed warning signs
  • Conduct thorough inspections before shifts and start-ups
  • Report any equipment or protective device defects
  • Test all equipment functions for operational safety
  • Avoid hazardous conditions such as steep slopes and drop-offs
  • Use equipment only as intended and ensure proper training and authorization

For more safety resources, including a general safety video on Reach Forklifts and Ontario Ministry of Labour Forklift inspection guidelines, please visit our website.

If you have questions or need further assistance with our forklift training certification course for your employees, please get in touch with us at info@safetyfirsttraining.ca. We are here to help ensure your team’s safety and compliance.


The course duration is up to 8 hours, which may vary depending on the experience levels of the participants.


Participants are required to achieve a passing grade of 75% to qualify for certification in Order Picker Safety Training.


Upon completing the course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and a PDF wallet card, which will be sent to them for their records. These documents serve as official proof of their capabilities and training in operating order pickers safely.

Click here to watch a general safety video on Reach Forklifts.

Click here for Ontario Ministry of Labour Forklift inspection information.


If you have any questions regarding this forklift training certification course for your employees, please contact us, we can help. info@safetyfirsttraining.ca

  • Duration:

    Up to 8 hours, depending on participants’ experience levels

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive an Order Picker Safety Training certificate

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and PDF wallet card for their records

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