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At Fort Worth Hope Center, we are all about equipping individuals with the skills needed to be successful in any job market. Our comprehensive training programs provide the skills and confidence you need to get ahead.


Our Forklift certification program has skyrocketed over the past ten years. Because our students receive hands-on training following OSHA requirements, they are better prepared to apply for forklift jobs. After graduating, many of our students have gone on to obtain employment in warehouses all over the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. We are so proud of them!

We currently offer hands-on training and certifications on the following forklifts:

 1.  Electric Sit Down... $150   3-day class

 2. Stand-Up Reach..... $150   3-day class

 3Order Picker.............$150   2-day class

 4. Electric Walkie/Rider Pallet Jack.... $150   2-day class

All 4 Machines: $500    5-day class


OSHA Standard Training

  • Pre-operation inspections

  • Controls and Instrumentation

  • Engine or motor operation

  • Steering and maneuvering

  • Visibility

  • Fork and/or attachment adaption, operation and limitations of their use

  • Vehicle capacity

  • Vehicle stability

  • Vehicle inspection and maintenance the operator will be required to perform

  • Refueling and/or recharging batteries

  • Operating limitations

Basic Safety and Operational Training

  • General Safety Rules

  • Forklift  Operations

  • Lifting a load

  • Traveling with a load

  • Placing a load

  • Loading and Unloading trailers

  • Fueling the Forklift 


  • 18 years or older

  • Eligible to work in the USA.

  • Able to pass written and practical assessments 

  • Able to attend classes between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday


Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge through written and practical assessments based on the following OSHA safety and operational standards:

  • Forklift characteristics, including handling capacity, load center, and center of gravity

  • Procedures for handling loads

  • Hazards specific to the workplace or operation environment

  • Awareness of mechanical components and their functions

  • How to handle mechanical emergencies

  • Safe loading and unloading procedures

  • General safe operating procedures

  • Pre-Operational Equipment inspection

  • Maintenance requirements 


Upon completion of courses, individuals who show written and practical mastery of core skills and knowledge will receive:

  • Three-year certification 

  • Printed certificate showing all forklifts mastered

  • Picture ID card showing all certifications earned

  • Copy of all classroom documents proving mastery of core skills and knowledge.


Kevin Thornton is the Fort Worth HOPE Center Forklift Instructor and has been trained through the Ives Training Group in the operation, maintenance, and capabilities of a Counterbalanced Forklift,  Stand-Up Narrow Aisle Reach, and Powered Pallet Truck.


Kevin has also completed the J.J. Keller Forklift Training which includes OSHA Forklift Requirements in accordance with OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.178 (I). The course that granted his certification is “designed to help learners choose, inspect and operate a forklift in a safe way protecting themselves and their coworkers from the potential hazards associated with their use”.


Kevin Thornton certifies that each operator has completed training and evaluation of Powered Industrial Trucks in accordance with the OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.178 (I) (3-6).


Read OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) Compliance here

Learn about Ives Forklift Instructor Training here

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