Forklift driving is a highly attractive skill to potential employers looking for labour hire, particularly in the warehousing sector. Having the qualifications to drive a forklift makes you a versatile and multi-skilled candidate that is able to perform more complex tasks than just basic grunt work. Possessing a forklift licence can provide a vital point of difference between you and other candidates, which will help you stand out and potentially land that labourer job.

So, how do you go about getting a forklift licence? Here are some things you will need know and helpful resources to get you qualified for forklift driving.

Before you undergo the process to get your licence, it is important to make sure that you are eligible. The criteria outlines that you must:

  • be at least 18 years old.
  • have a good grasp of English, both written and verbal.
  • provide 100 points of ID (such as an Australian driver's licence, passport, birth certificate, etc.).

With forklift driving, there are two types of licences you can get.
The first is an LF class licence, which qualifies you to only operate forklift trucks. The second type is an LO class licence, which qualifies you to only operate an order/stock picker forklift.

The process of getting a forklift licence, involves 3 main steps:

1 - Compulsory Training Course

The training methods can vary between different assessment centres. However, forklift training courses often involve teaching you all the necessary information surrounding forklift driving, as well as showing you how to safely operate a forklift on work sites. These training courses often run over a few days, to ensure that everything is covered.

2 - Licence Assessment

After you have undergone the training course, you will then be assessed on the knowledge and the skills you have learnt. Both the theory and your actual forklift performance will be assessed. So, make sure you pay attention!

3 - Application for a 5 Year Licence at Australia Post

Once you have satisfactorily completed both the training course and the licence assessment, you will receive an interim licence and the necessary paperwork to apply for your 5 year licence at your nearest Australia Post branch. You are also required to bring a passport sized photo of yourself, with your full name and date of birth written on the back.

This licence must be renewed every 5 years.

Here are some websites you can visit to get qualified:

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