forklift training test

Two of the important components of an effective forklift training program are written and practical tests. Passing these tests is crucial to becoming certified.

The purpose of the testing is to gauge the understandings and skills of the students gained from the classroom discussion and practical training.

The written exam is administered prior to taking the practical test and passing it will qualify the student to advance to taking the practical test.

If you are intending to get certified on several types of forklifts, the training course tends to be lengthier, do expect the written and practical tests as well.

It is important to prepare for it as you would for any other test to avoid getting a failed mark.

To avoid failing the tests, here, we provide the questions and topics that could come up. Make sure to read this guide until the end.

Before you go on, there are topics you need to know first as mentioned below, READ these:

Forklift Training Test Questions

Here’ the list of general questions that can be asked when you are taking your forklift training test:

  • When traveling with the forks touching the floor, is it safe to drive the machine? No
  • When moving loads to other places, forks should be lifted not more than six inches off the ground? Yes
  • Is it safe to talk on the mobile phone while at work driving the truck? No
  • Honk your horn when passing the intersection? Yes
  • When parking the truck, always lower the forks until it touches the floor? Yes
  • When lifting heavy loads at a considerable height, is forklift stability suffers? Yes
  • Is it safe for a colleague to ride on the pallet while you are traveling? No
  • Always switch off the forklift when filling up gas, charging or refueling? Yes
  • A daily inspection is required by OSHA before commencing work. True
  • When your shift is done, is it a good parking practice lowering the mast and forks until it reaches the floor, switching off the engine and putting the brake on. True
  • Maintain speed limit and slow down to keep balance when turning. True
  • Are forklifts can be driven forward at 10 degrees slope? True
  • Only one passenger may ride a forklift. False
  • Employers can carry out performance evaluation of forklift operators at least once every three years. True
  • The forklift training course should specific to the type of truck the operator will be operating. True
  • Forklift training must also be workplace specific? True
  • The training is at most effective when done in the actual workplace. True
  • A safety trainer must be someone who is experienced and capable to deliver the training? Yes
  • Does a forklift need to have an alarm when moving backward? Yes
  • If the sight of the forklift driver is blocked by the load being moved, could he just sound the horn when reversing instead of activating the backing alarm? No
  • Are the rear view mirrors necessary? Yes
  • Are headlights needed when operating a forklift? No
  • Are backing alarm and horn required? Yes
  • Does the operator need to know the information indicated on the capacity/data plate? Yes
  • Is tilting the mast makes the load secure? Yes
  • When loads obstruct the view of the operator, can he travel in reverse? Yes
  • When parking the forklift, the forks must be lifted above the ground? No

Study these questions, many of the above questions can come out of the forklift training written test.

I would like to remind you that these are general questions, you can study them, familiarize with them. Passing the test will solely depend on your skill and understanding. So be prepared!

Some Tips To Succeed in the Forklift Training Written Test

  • Other questions will be specific to the type of forklift truck you will be operating, so make sure you know the technical details of that kind forklift truck.
  • Some questions can be tricky, so ensure you thoroughly understand the question before making your answer.
  • Some trainers or training schools are more safety-focused, many safety-related questions can also come out, make sure you have thoroughly learned from the classroom discussions.
  • Understand the important points the trainer will highlight during the classroom lectures, it can come out during the written test.
  • Comprehensively read the handouts the trainer will give you, you can find many answers from there.
  • During the video presentation, make sure to watch it because some questions can be taken from there.
  • When the multiple choice type of questionnaire is the style of the trainer, don’t worry because the answer can only be limited to 3 or 4.

Practical Training 

Hands-on or practical training is the second stage of the certification course. This test is conducted by a competent person who has the knowledge and skills to deliver the training. It is consist of actual operation of the forklift performed by the trainer and practice exercise performed by the trainee. The trainer must supervise the performance of the trainee. Just like the written test, this training must be specific to the type of forklift truck the worker is planning to operate.

The subjects covered in the practical training are the truck and workplace-specific. Here are the topics:

Forklift-Specifics:

  • The forklift manufacturer’s recommended operation instructions
  • Load capacity and limitation
  • Characteristics of forklift that differ from automobiles
  • Characteristic of the forklift that varies from other types of forklift trucks
  • The forklift’s operational controls and instrumentation – it varies from type to type
  • Preventive maintenance of the truck
  • Refueling or recharging of the truck
  • The radius of maneuvering and steering
  • Center of gravity of the truck
  • Use of extension and its safe operation
  • Daily inspection that needs to be performed before and after the forklift operation.
  • Operating stability and limitation

Worksite-Specifics:

  • The condition of the roads where the forklift will be operated in
  • Driving in ramps and slopes that affects the stability triangle of the truck during transport
  • The behavior of pedestrian of the workplace
  • Operation in tight spaces and narrow aisle location
  • Hazardous location especially when the operation involves loading of chemicals
  • Operation in confined spaces or indoors where fumes and exhaust could create poisonous carbon monoxide
  • Operation of the truck outdoors where the operator is exposed to environmental hazards and weather condition (heat and cold)
  • Parking in designated places
  • Other matters and topics distinct only to the type of workplace the forklift will be operated in

The trainer evaluation is the last stage of the course. If you succeeded in passing the written test and had a satisfactory rating during a practical test, the trainer will issue your operator card or license that you can show to your supervisor or prospective employer.


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