To work as a forklift operator, you typically need to:
- complete short-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required for this job. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Any experience safely driving or operating equipment can help you get a trainee position.
Forklift operators learn their skills on the job from experienced operators. You begin as a helper and perform routine tasks. As you gain experience, you work on your own. Training generally lasts less than a month.
Some branches of the military train people to be cargo or transportation specialists. Training lasts two to nine weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.