Forklift Competent Operator
Forklift Competent Operator training provides the understanding of Forklift operation, maintenance and material handling. This training covers both federal and provincial legislative requirements. As per Saskatchewan OH&S Regulations Section 154, Table 14.1, anyone who operates Powered Mobile Equipment is required to complete a minimum 16 hours training. This program is a combination of both theory and practical competency assessment training.
Classroom Training Content
Forklift Competent Operator Training incorporates the use of custom designed interactive models and visual aids which help to enhance interest and facilitate a higher comprehension level for participants.
- Duties of Employers, Supervisors, and Employees under Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996.
- Classifications & Terminology
- Power Sources (Internal Combustion, Electric)
- Components (Mast, Carriage, Forks, Attachments, Capacity Plates, Labels, Controls, Instrumentation, Battery, Overhead Guard, Tires)
- Pre-Use Inspections including OEM and Regulatory Requirements
- Travel (Starting, Stopping, Travelling on Inclines/Declines, Parking, Safe Travel Practices, Visibility, Tip-over procedures)
- Load Handling (Weight, Size, Load Center Calculations, Safe Load Capacity, Center of Gravity, Stability Principles)
- Site Specific Physical Conditions and Hazard Assessments
- Pedestrian Traffic
Practical skill check assessment is required in order to receive certification at the completion of the course. Forklift Competent Operator Certification is required as per Saskatchewan Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and operators must be assessed on the Forklift that will be used in their specific operating environment.
Upon completion of Forklift Competent Operator Training, operators will have the knowledge, training and information required to safely and efficiently operate their Forklift.
Duration & Location
4 hours of classroom theory followed by written competency exam. The remainder of the program includes practical operation which gives the operator an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills prior to completing a final skill check assessment for Forklift Competent Operator Certification. This course is conducted at various facilities, shops, yards or any location where operator and site-specific Forklifts are available and utilized during training as per course and Saskatchewan Powered Mobile Equipment Competent Operator Regulations.
Powered Mobile Equipment Competent Operator has no expiry date once an operator has been deemed competent. Workers must be re-evaluated in situations where they have not been operating a specific type of PME regularly for a period of three years.
- Written examination
- Record of training report to employer
- Individual wallet certificates upon successful completion of course