Forklift Operator

Complete a certification in only one day and be prepared 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

Credential Earned:

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


No. of Classes Required:

One 8-hour class



Onsite, both classroom and hands-on training


Contact Information:


  • 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.



Forklift Operators in Maryland can earn up to about $35,000 per year. Wages in these jobs can vary according to experience, job locations or responsibilities, and even the types materials being moved. Employment in material moving occupations is projected to increase by 6 percent between 2014-26. 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.