Counterbalanced Forklift Theory Program


The Counterbalanced Forklift Theory Program is a 2 ½ hour long online forklift certification theory training for beginner and experienced operators. The course meets both CSA and ANSI standards. Certification is valid for 3 years.
Please note that practical training and evaluation must be conducted by a qualifed trainer prior to certification.


Learning Objectives

Topics in this course include:

  • a review of applicable regulations (federal, state/provincial and relevant standards)
  • a review of company polices
  • understanding due diligence
  • understanding criminal negligence and consequences to employers, trainers, supervisors and employees
  • a review of site-specific safety concerns
  • a review of the operator training guide
  • a review of equipment features, stability, operating procedures, parking and fueling/charging procedures


In order to successfully achieve certification, students must achieve a minimum of 80% on the operator theory test.



  • Recommended CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark)—Equivalent to IELTS 6 or TOEFL 77-99
  • Have access to a device that meets the system requirements to use Northwest Skills Institute online courses.
  • No age requirements exist, however trainees should be of an age to be employable in the industry