Top 5 Reasons to Get Forklift Certified Online

Never before has it been easier for a seasoned Forklift Operator or a newcomer to the equipment to become certified to operate a forklift.

Per OSHA’s standards for powered industrial trucks (1910.178), a Forklift Operator is required to complete the following every 3 years:

1910.178(l)(2)(ii) Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee), and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.
The first requirement is the online course, the second is the in-person training with an evaluation of the operator’s performance. There’s good reason why the industry is largely moving towards online certifications and recertifications for Forklift Operators.


Here’s the top 5 reasons why completing your Forklift Operator certification online is the way to go.

Certifying Online is Painless

Online courses are just that – online! You can access anytime from any location (even when you’re on your couch).

Courses that are mobile and tablet optimized have the additional advantage of presenting safety and training information in a way that is appropriate for the screen you’re currently on.

Being online also means that courses can be instantly updated. For example, when COVID-19 entered the lives of all humans worldwide, OSHA was quick to release important guidance for employers and their employees.

Online courses like Liftoff Certifications were able to immediately update all existing student courses to include an employee-friendly course section for the guidance.

Certifying Online is Cheaper

With low overhead costs, online institutions are able to provide accelerated learning for a fraction of the cost compared with multi-day, in person training.

A quick search of in-person classes for certifications and recertifications shows just how large the discrepancy is between online and in-person classes.

Online Recertification ( $45
In-Person Recertification $150-$200


Certifying Online is Faster

In-person training can take one to two days. That’s 8 to 16 hours, and for many employees, that’s on the clock training.

With online training, you can receive a certification in less than 1-2 hours and still get a high quality learning experience.

Training can be done when it’s convenient for you right at home or at the office.

Certifying Online is More Effective

It’s so important to remember that we all learn and retain information differently. Some are visual learners while others are auditory, or textual or kinesthetic (experiential) learners.

Approximately 65 percent of the population are visual learners. This means images and visual cues help understanding and retention. For an online course to be effective for the majority of learners, it needs to include relevant visuals alongside easy to read text.

With an in-person class, much of what is learned is delivered orally, even though only 10 percent of learners prefer auditory learning.

There’s a major mismatch between how people prefer to learn, and how they are actually being taught, which is why online learning is so important.

Certifying Online is Fun

With online learning, you get a sense of accomplishment as you complete each section of a course. And upon completion, you receive the ultimate achievement – 3 years of certification freedom.

The goal with online Forklift Operator certifications is to thoroughly teach the granular details behind operating a forklift as well as the many safety precautions.

But that goal can be accomplished with a little gamification – allowing operators to ask each other questions online, and receive points for providing insight and feedback.

Get OSHA Certified Online With Liftoff Certifications

If you are ready to give an online forklift certification or recertification a try, get signed up today for our Recertification Course or Certification Course.

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