To work as a freight handler, 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.
Most freight handlers learn their skills on the job by beginning as helpers. Those who use dangerous equipment or work with hazardous materials receive additional training. In general, training lasts up to one month.
Some branches of the military train people to be cargo specialists. Training lasts two to six weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.