Goodwill’s free Forklift training course helps participants quickly gain the skills and certifications they need to operate a forklift in a professional setting. Our Forklift training course – which we offer at both the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center in Charlotte and our Gastonia Career Center – provides OSHA and NIOSH training definitions, and instruction in lift truck design, vehicle safety inspection, moving with and without a load, and picking and stacking a load. Special conditions involving trailers, ramps, elevators and pedestrian safety are also addressed. Goodwill’s Forklift training course utilizes training videos, a participant workbook and standardized testing. The course includes first-hand driving, lifting and stacking practice, and a final driving test.  

Upcoming Training Dates

Course Date Location
March 28 Gastonia
April 11 Charlotte
April 25 Gastonia
May 9 Charlotte
May 23 Gastonia
June 13 Charlotte
June 27 Gastonia
July 11 Charlotte
July 25 Gastonia
August 8 Charlotte
August 22 Gastonia
September 12  Charlotte
September 26 Gastonia
October 10 Charlotte
October 24 Gastonia
November 14 Charlotte
November 28 Gastonia

Course Timeframe

Goodwill’s Forklift training course lasts one day, in which class meets from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Certification Opportunities

If you successfully complete Goodwill’s free Forklift training course, you will receive a renewable NC General Industry Forklift certification (good for 3 years).

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Job Search Support

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s training courses, you’ll have access to a Career Navigator who can help you with your resume and interview skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our Employer Engagement Team, who can help you find and secure employment.

How to Apply

    • If you’re interested in this program and you live within our service area, fill out our application form then follow the prompts to schedule a virtual appointment.
    • If you’re unable to reserve a virtual appointment or would rather meet with one of our team members in person to begin your application process, we also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

    Still Have Questions?

    If you still have questions about our training courses, complete our training inquiry form, and someone on our team will be in touch with you soon!