Monday, October 29, 2012

KCKCC to offer forklift classes

Two five-day Forklift Certification classes will be offered this fall at the Technical Education Center of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Taught by Joe Norton, an OSHA certified instructor, the classes will be held Monday through Friday Nov. 5-9 and Dec. 10-14.

Students will receive hands-on training on three pieces of equipment, Forklift Truck, Reach Truck and Powered Pallet Jack. The course is divided between 80 percent hands-on experience and 20 percent instructor-led discussion.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and attendance is required at all five class sessions (30 hours) to complete forklift certification. Training is in accordance with OSHA standard No. 29 CFR 1910.178 which is recognized in all 50 states.

“Former students in this course shared that a key reason they obtained employment is because they had this forklift certification based on OSHA standards,” said Richard Piper, Director of Technical Programs at KCKCC-TED.

A fast-growing field, estimated median salaries for drivers is $30,010 nationally, $29,400 in Kansas and $29,300 in Missouri. Spring forklift classes are scheduled to begin Feb. 11, March 18, April 15 and May 13.

“The new Gardner railroad hub coming in the last quarter of 2013 is expected to generate approximately 7,000 jobs in this related field,” Piper said.

The cost for enrolling is $350 and enrollment can be made by calling 913-627-4100 or on-line at and clicking on “Continuing Education” and then “Fall 2012 Schedule.”