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Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)

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Become A Certified Forklift Technician

The purpose of the Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)® program is to certify and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies involved in the maintenance, service, and repair of forklift vehicles. The CFT credential will give students and employees the tools to enter career pathways within the material handling industry and demonstrates that an individual has the skills needed to succeed as a forklift technician.

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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. 

Forklift Technician: Assessment & Courses 

Before becoming fully certified in forklift service, maintenance and, repair, individuals must complete:

  • An Optional Online Training Course
  • An Online Assessment to earn the Certified Forklift Associate (CFA) Certificate
  • A Performance-Based Hands-On Assessment to earn the Full Certified Forklift Technician

*MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at an 8th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

Courses: Forklift Service, Maintenance, and Repair Training

The Certified Forklift Associate (CFA) 55-hour online  training course helps individuals enhance their core knowledge and skills for forklift, service, maintenance, and repair from entry-level to front-line supervisory level, and is based on the 20 key activities in the CFT Standards.

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Certified Forklift Associate Online Assessment

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 CFA assessment contains 92 multiple-choice questions. Once the candidate has passed they earn a CFA Certificate and can then move on to the hands-on assessment to earn the Full CFT certification.

Hands-On Assessment

This performance-based hands-on assessment will be given at an authorized Forklift Dealership or a location that has all of the required forklift equipment. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the 20 key activities listed on the CFT Standards. To be connected to your local Forklift Dealership, please contact our offices.

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

About the MSSC Certified Forklift Training

MSSC has partnered with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and Amatrol, an independent training provider, to develop online interactive learning units for the CFT training program. Schools may choose to combine CFT with the Certified Logistics Technician certification program as part of a larger program of study. Since the demand for higher skilled technicians permeates the entire TDL industry, schools may also wish to offer CFT as part of a suite of “stackable” industry certifications within the framework of an innovative “supply chain logistics” or industrial maintenance curriculum. Follow the links for more information about the CFT courses and Instructor Training options.


With successful completion of the Full CFT training and certification program, the individual will receive via mail a silver embossed version of the nationally portable credential. Individuals will also be able to:

  • Download the CFA and CFT Certificates
  • Purchase a Small CFT Arm Patch
  • Download Key Work Activities document to share with employers

For questions, please contact Tyler Kennedy, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, MSSC at or 703-739-9000 x2226