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Certified Forklift Technician

Remote testing & training options now available for students & employees! Follow this link for more information.

How to Become a Certified Forklift Technician

The Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)® online training courses are designed to align with MSSC Standards and to help individuals enhance their core knowledge and skills for forklift maintenance, service, and repair from entry-level to front-line supervisory level. These courses equip individuals with the skills and information needed to pass a Certified Forklift Associate (CFA) online assessment. After successfully passing the online CFA assessment, they can move on to the hands-on assessment to earn their CFT certification

Colleges and employers may choose to combine CFT with the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)® certification program as part of a larger program of study. Since demand for high-skilled technicians permeates the entire Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) industry, colleges and employers may also wish to offer the Certified Forklift Technician course as part of a suite of “stackable” industry certifications within the framework of an innovative “supply chain logistics” or industrial maintenance curriculum.

Learn more about the CFT certification program here!

MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at an 8th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level before taking this course.

Forklift Technician Courses

MSSC’s forklift technician program includes online e-learning courses and hands-on training for individuals looking to become a certified forklift technician. Learn more about each aspect of this course.

Online Certified Forklift Associate (CFA) E-learning Course

  • 55-hour online course based on the 20 key activities in the CFT Standards. This course prepares individuals with a strong theoretical knowledge base to move on to the hands-on CFT training component.
  • Colleges or employers must have an Authorized CFA e-Learning Instructor to deliver the online course. Follow this link for CFT Instructor Training information.

Hands-on Forklift Training

  • Through the hands-on training, candidates/instructors will demonstrate a working knowledge and aptitude for all 20 key work activity areas in the MSSC National Forklift Standards. This training will take place at a local forklift dealership near you or at a facility where all the required equipment is available. To find your local forklift dealership or a list of required forklift equipment, please contact our offices.
  • Estimated time to complete the full hands-on training at your local forklift dealership is between 60-90 days.

Forklift Technician Certification

MSSC’s forklift maintenance, service, and repair courses are designed to help students and employees who want to become Certified Forklift Technicians (CFT)®. Learn more about the CFT Certification here!

With an MSSC Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)® certification, individuals will have the tools to enter career pathways within the material handling industry and the skills needed to succeed as a forklift technician. 

To place orders for CFT Authorized Instructor Training and Online Training Courses, please contact your specific MSSC Training Solutions Provider. Follow this link for more information!