Train-the-Trainer: Forklift Operation

(2 to 3 days*) - Max. 6 Students

Provide required training to selected individuals, enabling them to act as in-house trainers, so as to provide instruction to company employees, leading to the issue of Record of Training Certificate as Forklift Operator. 

Day 1: Instruction Skills

(1 to 6 Hours depending on students comfort skills in presenting information – Please see Note below)

The Instruction Skills Session learning outcomes are as follows:

Upon completion of this session, the student will know:

  • How to Plan training sessions
  • How to prepare a lesson Plan
  • How to deal with brakes (starting sessions on time)
  • How to maintain an "up-beat" attitude throughout the presentation.
  • How to organize the classroom
  • How to effectively use visual aids (Overheads, Slides, Video, Flip-charts/White Boards)
  • Time management
  • How to motivate students to be more receptive
  • How to provide ongoing evaluation of students’ comprehension of the material being taught
  • How to train and present information effectively
  • How to maintain control of students
  • How to ensure the students will have the knowledge and skills required for the safe operation of assigned forklift. 

In addition to the above, the Train-The -Trainer manual will include Practical training tips, preparation checklists and Lesson Plan Formats for the selected subject/s.

*NOTE:  Length of course depends on participants’ previous experience in presenting subjects/ (public speaking), in order to overcome “stage-fright” and develop confidence in presentation/instruction skills.

Balance of Day 1 to Day 2 and up to Day 3: Providing Actual Instruction

(This session may start in the latter part of the morning or afternoon of day 1 or as Day 2 and may continue to Day 3 ...  resulting in 16 to 22 hours of combined theory/practical, depending on students’ comfort skills in presenting information)

It is designed to ensure the Learning Instructor has the comprehension of the technical aspects of forklift operation and instruction skills, in order to  provide the student with the knowledge necessary to safely operate lifting equipment, as a “competent person” (as defined in Section 1 of the OHSA).  This knowledge is referenced to that identified in the Ontario’s Ministry of Labour Guideline for Safe Operation of Powered Lift Trucks and current CSA guidelines.

The session will start with a review of the required knowledge to ensure the safe operation of powered lifting equipment.  It will cover the following:

  • Understand related legislative requirements (applicable sections of the Act and Industrial Regulations;
  • Understand the various features of the Lifting equipment, including the manufacturer’s specifications as to the equipment’s lifting capacity and safe load handling;
  • Understand the various hazards in the workplace (dangerous activities and conditions, and the hazards associated with the operation of the equipment;
  • Know:   
    • What is required to carry out a pre-operational (circle) check
    • What is required to shut down/park the equipment
    • What is required during the general operation of the lifting equipment (stopping, starting, turning, driving forward and in reverse, parking)
    • What is required to operate safely around personnel
  • Understand Load Handling requirements:
    • Selection of loads
    • Load pick up and placement
    • Factors affecting stability (vertical, longitudinal and lateral)
    • Load security and integrity
    • Stacking and de-stacking
    • Personnel lifting, lowering and supporting
    • Loading and unloading of trucks/transport vehicles
  • Understand Operational Maintenance, refueling and recharging
  • Understand emergency procedures (Use of fire extinguisher) and workplace procedures and practices: (Workplace-specific rules and procedures)


Lecture, videos, overheads, discussion of workplace-specific forms/documents (provided by instructor and any provided by client) and discussion generated by question and answer periods.

Once our Instructor is satisfied of the students’ comprehension of the subject’s technical aspects, the students will be required to develop lessons plans and present instruction on specific sections of the Forklift Operator Course (including Theory and Practical).  Our instructor will provide feedback to the student during, and at the end of each presentation.  This process continues until all elements of the Forklift Operator Course have been presented in a satisfactory manner by the students.  


The Training takes place on client’s premises. The assigned training area will need to be equipped with tables and chairs to accommodate up to 6 participants. Training equipment, such as Flip Chart/White Board and Audio/Video will be discussed with client as to availability/requirement at time of scheduling course. At least one fork lift truck and 10 empty pallets, within an isolated area of your plant, to be made available for practical instruction.


Training a forklift operator is a serious process and requires effective training (The consequences of missing delivery on just one element of critical information, may result in serious injury or property damage).  To ensure our students will carry out the training as affectively as required by present standards, we offer a follow up visit during the new Instructor’s first training session for a flat fee of $200.  An Invoice for the follow up visit will be issued upon scheduling and will be due at the start of the training session. In the event the follow up visit indicates that additional training is required, that additional training will be delivered at no additional cost.


How can I get more information or register?

Once you have selected your subjects, please proceed to the Training Inquiry page and complete the online form, indicating the Courses and number of participants. One of our training staff, who will be glad to provide you with all the information you may require, will contact you.