Manufacturing Skill Standards Council-901 N Washington St. Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314


Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)

Will be Available Fall 2019!


The purpose of the Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) program is to certify and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies involved in repair and maintenance of forklift vehicles. The CFT credential will give technical and community college students the tools to enter career pathways within the material handling industry.

The CFT program was created in partnership with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) to provide skills to entry level forklift technicians, enhancing their performance in the world of material handling. The CFT prepares individuals to repair and maintain technical systems utilizing key engineering principles that underpin most forklift vehicles. Click to download a copy of the CFT Key Activities. 

The goal of the CFT certification program is to raise performance of forklift technicians both to assist individuals in finding higher paying jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce is skilled. This combination increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness. Learn more about the Forklift Technician career pathway in the video below!


To learn more about if the CFT is right for you, take a look!


Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge through one assessment based upon MSSC’s industry-defined, nationally validated skill standards. ¬†Delivered online, this assessment contains 109 multiple-choice questions (paper tests are available in exceptional circumstances). ¬†Individuals are allowed 90 minutes to complete the assessment. ¬†MSSC provides assessment scores as soon as the individual completes the assessment showing whether an individual met the ‚Äúcut‚ÄĚ scores for passing.¬† This immediate feedback includes a diagnostic report for the individual showing how he or she scored on the key work activities within the CFT. This information is intended for self-improvement and is provided to all test-takers whether they pass or not.

General Policies

  • If assessments are not passed the first attempt time, the candidate must wait 15 calendar days before retesting. If there is a second failure, another 15-calendar day wait time is imposed.¬† However, on the third attempt, a 60 day wait period is imposed.
  • No discounts for assessment retakes.
  • MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at an 8th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

For more information about MSSC’s policies on certification, please see our¬†Certification Policies¬†page.¬†


With successful completion, the individual will receive a nationally portable credential for success on the individual assessment.


Individuals who pass the CFT assessment will be able to:

  • Download or Purchase the CFT¬†Certificate, that bears the CFT Logo, the NAM logo (NAM-endorsed Skills Certification)
  • Purchase a¬†Small CFT Arm Patch
  • Download Key Work Activities document to share with employers

If you are a student, MSSC Center, or a forklift dealer interested in having CFT certified applicants that has questions, please contact our Operations Department by e-mail or phone at 703-739-9000!

If you are a Forklift Dealer who is interested in the Certified Forklift Technician training and certification please check out this short guide on how you can get involved with your local schools to offer this program!