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“Train The Trainer...” Certification or Confusion

Friday, November 1, 2013

By: Forklift Safety Training Services, Inc.

Don't be fooled by the incorrect term CERTIFICATION when the correct or proper term is CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. Many training companies boldly advertise and offer a "train the trainer" certification class that hands you a certificate of completion at the end of their course. There are no accreditation or mandated certification qualifications in order to be a trainer or instructor. There are no government or private agencies that have been approved, endorsed or empowered with certain standardized credentials or qualifications to train instructors and then issue trainer certifications.

The OSHA regulation 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks, revised 6/2/2003, paragraph (L)(2)(iii), "Operator Training", clearly states: (l)(2)(iii) All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, TRAINING, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence. The above excerpt does not reference or imply the term CERTIFICATION. The word "TRAINING" can imply many meanings since the word is not defined. We can assume "on the job training" would qualify a person doing the training if they are experienced, capable, competent and knowledgeable of the specific equipment and application. With our easy to use safety training kits you can meet OSHA's compliance requirements.

As an employer, if you choose to ignore the new training rules adopted by OSHA, a minimum fine or penalty of $7,000 for EACH untrained operator can be assessed for non-compliance.

For more OSHA facts go to

Contact Forklift Safety Training Services, Inc., P.O. Box 60577, Boulder City, NV 89006-0577, Call: 800/494-3225, 702/294-3970, Fax: 702/294-3973, or visit

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