Certified Forklift Technician, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Specialists in forklift repair diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as forklifts, but also cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.  Some job titles include equipment mechanic, equipment technician, field service technician, and mobile heavy equipment mechanic.  ​

This program is designed to enable the student to learn the basics of repairing and maintaining various types of basic forklifts. Topics include safety, engine, hydraulics, brakes, electric systems, masts, attachments, cooling systems, fuel systems, steering, transmissions, and diesel operations.

Students must have attention to detail, problem-solving, and mechanical aptitude.

Entry-level forklift technician positions can be found in warehouses, factories and distribution centers of all sizes. Forklift technicians are also employed by equipment dealers. ​Industries that require material handling employ forklift technicians.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of forklift repair technicians, including mobile heavy equipment mechanics is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland.  Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 370.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:   https://ccbcmd.lightcastcc.com/.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1.  prepare to pass the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) certification classroom and hands-on tests;

2.  demonstrate maintenance, service, and repair skills for forklift vehicles used in a warehouse, factory, product distribution center, or with an equipment distributor; and

3.  demonstrate problem-solving and analytic skills needed to work in a higher-skilled front-line material handling position.

CCBC Pathway

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Program Credentials

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Successful completers will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency through certification from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), Certified Forklift Technician. 

Certifying Organization:
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council https://www.msscusa.org/log-in-2/

Course costs include the fee for the MSSC test to be taken one time.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

6-8 weeks

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding


Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

A stringent attendance policy will be enforced.

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Certified Forklift Technician- Part 1


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Certified Forklift Technician- Part 2


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Certified Forklift Technician- Part 3


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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:  Larry Kovacs | lkovacs@ccbcmd.edu | 443-849-4171 | Catonsville | BESS 100K

Administrative Assistant: TBA