THE TOP 6 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCK OPERATOR TRAINING

The powered industrial truck operator training requirements apply to all industries where trucks are being used, except agricultural operations.

1. Who should conduct the training?
All training and evaluation must be conducted by persons with the necessary
knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence. An example of a qualified trainer would be a person who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has demonstrated the ability to train and evaluate powered industrial truck operators.

2. I have three different types of trucks in my workplace. Can I provide training on just one type of truck?
If an operator will be expected to operate all three types of vehicles, then training must address the unique characteristics of each type of vehicle the employee is expected to operate. When an attachment is used on the truck to move odd-shaped materials, then the operator training must include instruction on the safe conduct of those operations so that the operator knows and understands the restrictions or limitations created by each vehicle’s use.

3. Do I have to train all employees in my workplace?
Any employee that operates a powered industrial truck must be trained.

4. Is annual training required?  No. An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance is required to be conducted after initial training, after refresher training, and at least once every three years.

5. If my employees have already received training, or have been operating trucks for many years, must I retrain them?
No. An employer does not need to retrain an employee in the operation of a powered industrial truck if the employer certifies that the operator has been evaluated and has proven to be competent to operate the truck safely. The operator would need additional training in those elements where his or her performance indicates the need for further training and for new types of equipment and areas of operation.

6. If my employees receive training, but accidents still continue to occur, what should I do?
Refresher training in relevant topics is necessary when the operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.