Rough Terrain Forklift Operator

Duration 6 hrs

This program is for workers required to operate rough terrain forklift trucks (RTFL) often used in lumber yards, construction projects, landscaping and other outdoor job sites with “unimproved” natural terrain or disturbed terrain. Participants explore the proper selection, design and operation of these vehicles with special attention paid to capacity and stability. Specific safety measures including pre-start inspections, overhead guards, ergonomic design considerations, hydraulic safety, restricted view awareness and personal protective equipment are discussed. Legislation, regulations and standards related to the operation, and maintenance of RTFLs are identified and discussed. Participants will also explore important training requirements for RTFL operators.

NOTE: Participants will need CSA-approved safety boots for the hands-on training.

Course Outline

  • Types of RTFLs
  • Training criteria
  • Capacity and stability
  • RTFL hazards and controls
  • Laws and regulations
  • Safe operating techniques
  • Pre-start inspections
  • Hands-on training/evaluation

Rough Terrain Operator – Mid-Term Evaluation

Duration 1 hr

This one hour mid-term evaluation helps to ensure lift truck operators retain the skills and knowledge they’ve secured through the Rough Terrain Operator safety training program (or retraining) and experience. This evaluation is recommended in the CSA Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (B335-04). We offer this service using a certified instructor with experience in the operation of lift trucks.


Do I need this training?

All workers who are going to operate a rough terrain forklift must receive CSA-compliant training prior to doing so.

Do I require a driver’s license to operate an RTFL?

A driver’s license is not needed to operate an RTFL.

Does an RTFL certification expire?

CSA standard B335-15 requires workers to renew their certification every three years.