Forklift Operator

Forklift operators operate vehicles that have a lifting platform for shifting and stacking heavy articles such as pallets, bales, crates, containers or cartons.


What do Forklift Operators do?

  • maintain forklifts.
  • operate forklifts in warehouses, construction sites and wharves.
  • ensure forklift loads are stable and safe.
  • fill in paperwork, such as delivery forms, and electronically record the movement of goods.
  • Skills and knowledge
  • good driving skills.
  • thorough understanding of the operation and limitations of a forklift.
  • ability to judge distances, weights and volumes.
  • knowledge of the code of practice for forklift operators, including health and safety regulations.
  • knowledge of the fuel requirements of different forklifts including diesel, LPG, CNG (compressed natural gas) and battery-operated models.


Entry requirements

  • Forklift Operator Certificate. The certificate shows that you have been trained according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's code of practice.
  • To operate a heavy forklift, you need to have a Class 2 driver's license.
  • To operate a forklift on a road or in a public space, you must have a Class 1 driver's license with a forklift (F) endorsement.


Qualifications

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a forklift operator, but employers usually prefer you to have NCEA Level 1 with Maths and English.


Find out more
Competenz (ITO)
0800 526 1800 - info@competenz.org.nz - www.competenz.org.nz

New Zealand Transport Agency website - instructors for forklift (F) endorsement

Axiom website - find out the Forklift Operator Certificate

IVS Training website - find out about the OSH Forklift Operator Certificate

New Zealand Transport Agency website - applying for forklift (F) endorsement


Pay

$18 - $22 per hour


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