AVON PARK, Fla.–March 10, 2016–Government safety watchdogs call them powered industrial trucks. But to workers in warehouses, factories, and the neighborhood improvement stores, they’re just forklifts.

Now South Florida State College offers a two-part class leading to certification as a forklift operator, meeting the demand from the federal government that all employers hire only trained operators.

The first session starts Tuesday, April 5, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., in Building I, room 211, on SFSC’s Highlands Campus, Avon Park. This classroom session will cover the basics of safe forklift operations.

The second session is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, with training times to be determined during the first session. Students will get hands-on training in safe forklift operations.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all businesses using forklifts to certify that operators successfully completed certification training.

SFSC’s two-part class meets OSHA standards by providing students with the operational knowledge as well as the skills required to operate a forklift safely.

The class costs $199, and students must be older than 18 years of age. Students need not have a valid driver’s license to enroll in the class.

For more information, call 863-784-7405 or email corporatetraining@southflorida.edu.