Certified Forklift Technician

Looking for Forklift Technicians?

As forklift dealers, you understand the extreme shortage of qualified forklift technicians. As many as 10,000 forklift technicians are needed within the next two years. MHEDA, Amatrol, a leading provider of e-learning solutions, and the nationwide Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) have partnered to help fill this gap in skilled workers with the new nationally portable CFT credential system.


The key to CFT’s success is the engagement of dealers. To offer the CFT course, MSSC, Amatrol and MHEDA will work with technician education providers near all of material handling dealers. Each school will have a different process to implement the CFT.

Where Are We Now?

Waukesha County Technical College has agreed to pilot the CFT program, and serve as a first model for other schools around the country who too are interested in offering the CFT. Each school adopts a new certification differently. The schools willingness to offer the CFT is dependent on:

  1. The size of the school
  2. The structure of the technical program that the CFT might fit into i.e. Industrial Maintenance, Automotive
  3. Their current course offerings
  4. Assigning instructors
  5. Their understanding of the job shortage of forklift techs
  6. Their understanding of the industry’s willingness to interview and hire CFT graduates

To learn more about WCTC and their partnership with Van Clarkson, President of Fairchild Equipment and MHEDA Board Member, view The MHEDA Journal article below.

Once WCTC has implemented and offered the course, MHEDA will share with members:

  1. How WCTC offers the CFT
  2. What Fairchild needed to demonstrate to WCTC to pitch them on the CFT
  3. Why they are willing to offer the CFT
  4. Marketing material to use when promoting the CFT
  5. Best practices when approaching your chosen school

We appreciate your patience with this initiative. Stay on the lookout for more information coming soon.

Read how president of Fairchild Equipment, Van Clarkson implemented the CFT into Waukesha Community Technical College.