Fork Lift Operator



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?
  • balanced?
  • fearless?
  • 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:




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


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.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Picker Packer or Driver/Delivery Person

Is becoming a Forklift Operator the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.