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Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)

Available Fall 2019!

Description

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!

 

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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 or paper pencil, this assessment contains 92 multiple-choice questions. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at an 8th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

Training

Community colleges may prefer to give the 55 hour online e-learning CFT training course as a stand-alone offering. They may also choose to combine CFT with CLA, CLT and other school courses as part of a larger program of study. Since the demand for higher skilled technicians permeates the entire TDL industry, community colleges may wish to offer CFT as part of a suite of “stackable” industry certifications within the framework of an innovative “supply chain logistics” curriculum or industrial maintenance curriculum.

Certificates

With successful completion of the 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 CFT Certificate
  • 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!