This course provides students a basic understanding of forklift operation, maintenance and load handling. It will also cover relevant federal and provincial legislative requirements applicable to the workplace:

•    Gain a thorough understanding of pallet jack, counterbalance, narrow aisle and rough terrain forklifts
•    Lift truck components: operating controls and their functions
•    Machine stability: center of gravity, lifting a load
•    Data plates and warning decals: calculating a safe load
•    Safety equipment: overhead guards, warning devices
•    Safe lift truck operation: load handling, traveling, operating in confined areas, equipment pre-use inspection, parking and shut down procedures
•    Handling fuels, batteries and emergencies: refueling, correct battery charging procedures, changing LPG tanks

Cervus Equipment Operator Safety Training Centers are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Download our Training Schedule for January 2020

Course Options


Students have 2 weeks to complete the self-directed, web-based theory session.  Once completed, a half-day, hands-on practical training session focuses on the complete understanding of workplace hazard assessment, equipment inspection, and a practical operator evaluation.


  • Self-paced learning
  • Convenient schedule
  • Cost-effective approach
  • Enough time to gain solid equipment understanding


The in-class training program offers a morning classroom session focused on theory. This is followed by an afternoon session for hands-on practical training and ends with an evaluation session on the same day. 


  • Classroom environment for better understanding
  • Certified in a day; depending on skillset
  • Instructor available to answer questions


For convenience, our certified trainers can train YOUR operators on YOUR equipment at YOUR facility. On-site training begins with a morning session of classroom theory and a written examination followed by an afternoon of practical hands-on training.


  • Employees are trained on-site reducing travel cost and time
  • Multiple employees can be trained together in your work environment
  • Employees get trained on the equipment they use on a daily basis