Forklift Operator

OFO No: 734402

Other names for Forklift Operator:

Fork Truck Operator
Forklift Operator
Hoist Truck Operator
Lumber / Timber Carrier Operator
Reach Truck Operator


What is a Forklift Operator?

A Forklift Operate uses a powered forklift to move materials (goods) from one point to another.

He or she can work in a variety of places:

  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Printing houses
  • Builders’ yards
  • Large retail depots
  • Large courier companies
  • Harbours, airports etc

Forklift Operators are responsible for the load and unloading of trucks. Some Forklift Operators are also required to keep records of incoming and outgoing goods. The may also need to check that goods are not damaged on arrival.

Forklifts are large pieces of machinery which can cause harm, even death, if not used correctly. Forklift Operators need a licence to drive a forklift.

What does a Forklift Operator do?

  • moves goods from one point to another
  • loads and unloads goods
  • placse goods into stock
  • ensures goods are protected during movement
  • keeps records
  • does quality checks
  • keeps forklift in good running order

Are you . . . ?

  • responsible?
  • a person with good special awareness?
  • reliable?
  • careful?
  • a person with good hand-eye co-ordination?
  • a person with good vision?
  • a team player?

How do I become a Forklift Operator?

You will need to get a Forklift Operating licence. TETA suggest the following:

Competency Certificate according to the classification of the equipment you will use.

  • National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operators


NQF Level 2 in Communications and Maths Lit

  • National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations
  • National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (rigging)


NQF Level 2 in Communications and Maths Lit

There are many places around SA that offer Forklift Operating training.

Here are a few:




  • TETA Seta

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Tour Bus Driver or Train Driver

Is becoming a Forklift Operator right career choice for me?

Maths Required Qualification Required