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Continuing Education

Forklift Training


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Whether you are new to the trade or an experienced operator looking to sharpen your skills, our Forklift Training courses can help you get behind the wheel and load goods and materials with confidence.

Through hands-on training at our specialized Heavy Equipment Training facility on Main Campus, you will learn how to load, move and unload cargo of various shapes and sizes. Your ability to follow instructions, efficiently maneuver machinery in tight spaces and adhere to safety guidelines will be put to the test.

Enrol to develop your skills and provide your employer with confidence in your ability to succeed.

Depending on your level of experience, we have 2 courses that will cater to your specific needs.

TRSP151 is meant for those who have never driven a forklift or have very limited experience. If you are new to the trade or interested in giving it a try, this course is for you. 

We will introduce you to industry-standard machinery, helping you gain familiarity with the controls and easing you through simple and progressively more challenging scenarios. You will learn about max loads, how to ensure loads are lifted securely and how to do everything safely – for you and the people around you. 

TRSP152 is for those with some forklift operating experience who are looking to recertify their skills. This course caters to your existing knowledge and focuses on more experienced scenarios and techniques. Many employers ask their employees to sharpen their skills through regular training, and this course will certainly satisfy that requirement. 
Upon successful completion of TRSP151 or TRSP152, you will receive a wallet card certificate in recognition of your achievement.

Forklift operators are key players in industrial logistics. They are responsible for the safe loading and unloading of cargo, and they touch almost every product that leaves a business’s door. 

As a forklift operator, you must be a decision-maker, prepared to work independently when necessary. You must enjoy being a part of a team and be able to remain seated for long stretches of time. 

To be successful in this trade, you will need:

  • coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to lift weight in excess of 25 kilograms
  • good vision, including the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships
  • the ability to work as part of a team 
  • to communicate with ground crews verbally and with hand signals