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Forklift Certification Training

Funding is available through the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships. Contact a Career Navigator for more information and to get started.

Courses are held at Harford's Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation, located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, 2002 Cedar Drive, Edgewood, MD.

Complete a certification in only one day and be prepared to secure employment in this high-demand field.

Operating a forklift may look like fun, but a forklift is an important, powerful piece of heavy equipment that requires operators who possess safety awareness, some technical and math abilities, and reliability. Forklift operators move materials over short distances at warehouses, storage yards, factories, and construction sites. Some move materials on and off of trucks, trains, and ships. Operators need to be familiar with the equipment they are using as they are responsible for the safe movement of their cargo.

Program Overview

OSHA Forklift Certification (Students must pass a written and practical test.)

One 8-hour class

one day


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Driver's license recommended
  • Eighth-grade reading and math level preferred


Students enrolled in Harford Community College's Forklift Operator program learn about different types of equipment and the safe and responsible methods for moving items. 

What can I do when I complete this program?

Students who successfully complete this course satisfy the requirements of, and are certified through OSHA’s 1998 revised Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Standard and are qualified to apply for jobs as a Forklift Operator.

A relatively high number of job openings are created by the large number of warehouse and distribution centers in the Harford County area and the ongoing need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or retire.