Forklift Certifications

Basic Operator Training

Operator training for industrial vehicles is crucial to maintaining a safe work environment. OSHA regulation 29CFR1910.178 requires that all operators receive formal and practical training and undergo evaluation before operating a powered industrial truck. Certifications must be renewed every 3 years or under certain special circumstances such as a near miss or observed unsafe behavior.

Berry Material Handling offers comprehensive on-site courses that ensure that all formal classroom training, written exams, practical exams, and operator evaluations are completed per OSHA requirements.

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Darcy Riley


Basic Operator Training

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Operator Training (BOT): Pre-operation inspections, safety procedures, routine maintenance, and operating techniques are discussed or demonstrated. Training includes classroom presentations, written exams, and hands-on training and evaluation. At the conclusion of this program students must demonstrate safe operation of forklift.
  • Train-the-Trainer : Certify a person or persons on your staff to provide effective training sessions to your employees.  These courses contain complete step-by-step instructions from initial preparation to the final student evaluation process.


Topics Covered:

  • Accident prevention
  • Accident investigation
  • Forklift truck driving skills
  • Fueling and charging
  • Stability
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Load handling
  • Pedestrian hazards
  • Dock operations
  • Job site hazard analysis

We are happy to tailor our classes to meet the needs of your site and operators. Course materials are also available in Spanish.


To schedule a Basic Operator Training or Train the Trainer session, please call 800-333-6576 or 316-945-0101. 


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