Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 you must ensure employees are trained and competent in the job they are doing. The higher the risk of serious/fatal injury, the higher the penalty. The forklift licence shows you have been trained by a moderated and registered instructor against a training program that adheres to important regulations, such as the Approved Code of Practice for Forklift Trainers and Operators, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, etc.
Do I have to have a drivers licence to get a forklift licence?
No, not if you are operating on a contained worksite. It is only if you are operating where the public have access to be that you require the additional licence of an F Endorsement
How long is a licence current?
It is valid for 3 years.
Should my forklift licence show the forklift I drive?
Yes, the licence is your proof of competency and training. If you drive a counterbalance then your forklift licence should display this. If you drive a Reach, a Telehandler, etc then you should have this displayed on your forklift licence. It is also important to ensure that you can proof you have been assessed as competent on large tonnage machinery if that is what you are using.
What is the minimum age for a person to be able to gain a forklift operators certificate?
At least 15 years old for a worksite forklift licence - the Health and Safety Act 1995 section 56 states that no employee under the age of 15 can work with any machinery in a place of work.
Do I need a forklift operator certificate to operate a pedestrian operated (walk behind) forklift?
Yes, a forklift is defined as a powered industrial lift truck which is a vehicle drawn, propelled
and operated by mechanical, electrical or manual power, design incorporating a
powered lift principally to lift, carry or stack goods by means of:
• a fork consisting of one or more arms which support the load; or
• A platform; or
Any attachment or other mechanism
I have come back from Australia, will my Australian forklift licence work here?
The employer has sole discretion to accept evidence of an Australian qualification. Individual employers may require additional training or a New Zealand forklift operators certification in accordance with organisation policies and procedures. The position of WorkSafe NZ (formerly Department of Labour) is that where a forklift operator provides a certificate or document that shows that they have received formal training/tuition/instruction/assessment under any of the 7 states and territories of Australia, then NZ employers should recognise this and therefore not preclude the Operator from gaining employment. In most cases, WorkSafe NZ agrees that “refresher” training at the earliest opportunity would be sufficient to address any of the differences between NZ and Australia