California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Section §3668

Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training


  • Every employer shall ensure that all operators have successfully completed training 

  • Training shall consist of lecture, discussion, video/DVD, and driving evaluation 

  • Competency must be demonstrated to instructor in order to pass training 

  • Employee evaluation shall be conducted at least once every 3 years 


These operator training rules became effective July 15, 2000.  Many employers have been mislead or confused about this requirement.  The following course outline is provided to ensure compliance with this Standard.  A complete copy of the Standard is available upon request.



  • Class length is about 2-3 hours.  May vary based on group size, equipment and experience level

  • Classes will be conducted at the employer’s facility using the company’s forklift(s)

  • Classes are available Monday-Friday anytime and Saturdays before 12:00pm

  • Class costs vary depending on class size and the experience level of the driver(s)


  • Employee notes/handout reference materials

  • Lecture on all aspects of forklift driving and principles

  • Video/DVD presentation showing safe driving points and procedures

  • Driving test in work environment to determine control and competency level

  • Written test to document knowledge of forklift principles and safety procedures

  • Certification Cards or Certificates for all employees completing the course successfully


Forklift operator certification must be renewed no less than every 3rd year with all employees who will be operating/driving vehicle (including part-time and third shift drivers).  Poor driving skills, accidents or near misses mandates operator re-training sooner.

“Forklift Driving Rules” poster must be posted in all driving areas (supplied with class if requested).

Employee training records are to be kept for one year from the date of training per OSHA (unless re-certification is conducted less frequently).



New: OSHA Regulations now require that employees be trained on all of the equipment that they operate, and in the environment that they work (despite previous experience).