MSSC Certified Forklift Technician (CFT)

Mssc Cft Forklift Driver

The Certified Forklift Technician is a NEW nationally portable, industry-recognizable certification that was developed in a partnership between Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and MSSC to support the demand for technicians within the entire forklift industry.

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Mssc Cft Man And Woman Forklift Drivers

How Does It Work?

The purpose of the Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) program is to certify and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies involved in repair and maintenance of forklift vehicles. The CFT credential will give technical and community college students the tools to enter career pathways within the material handling industry; preparing individuals to repair and maintain technical systems utilizing key engineering principles that underpin most forklift vehicles.  CFT includes 55+ hours of instructor-led computer-based training.

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What will students learn?

Students will learn the basic skills of how to maintain, repair, and service forklifts.

Key Activities include:

  • Basic safety
  • Basic Engines
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Brake Systems
  • Basic Laws of Electricity
  • Batteries
  • Masts
  • Basic Attachments for Lift Trucks
  • Cooling Systems
  • Front Drive Axle & Differential
  • Gasoline & LPG Fuel Systems
  • Use Meters for Testing Electrical Circuits & Components
  • IC Electrical Systems
  • Oil Cooled Wet Disc Brakes of Electrical and Mechanical Braking Systems
  • Steering Systems
  • Transmissions

Download a copy of the CFT Key Activities .


With successful completion, the individual will receive a nationally portable credential for success on the individual assessment.

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