What is a Forklift Operator?
A Forklift Operator uses a forklift, to move materials. He or she may work in a variety of settings, but is most often found in a warehouse facility or a factory setting.
Operators may also work in supply yards and on loading docks.
If you see yourself moving materials at the docks or transporting goods then a Forklift Operator may be the career for you!
What does a Forklift Operator do?
- operating a fork lift
- loading and unloading trucks
- inspecting and maintaining his/her forklift
- inspecting all inbound and outbound packages
Are you … ?
- physically fit?
- good eye-hand-foot coordination?
How do I become a Forklift Operator?
The SETA which manages this is Transport Education & Training Authoritiy SETA
The important thing is that a course should be TETA accredited.
A suggestion is that you first call TETA and enquire:
- What the Learnership number is?
- What the career progression is on the NQF scale?
- Whether any training institution you are considering, is on their list?
These appear to be:
- TRAINING FORCE:
- SCARCE SKILLS TRAINING ACADEMY:
- ACCREDITED TRAINING
The short course requires Trainees, who have never operated a machine before to attend a 5 day training course. The course has two phases, Novice Training for inexperienced workers and Advanced Refresher training for those with previous operating experience.
Minimum Requirements: None
- XYLONITE TRAINING:
For operators with no experience, full training course takes place over 5 days after which an assessment will be given. This training is offered in both practical and theory based learning.
Minimum requirements: Grade 7.
Is becoming a Forklift Operator the right career choice for me?
See below for more info.