In the state of Minnesota it is a requirement that you will have to take OSHA training and examinations in order to pass the course and be able to drive a fork lift or other light industrial truck in the state.
The state also requires a little more than the OSHA legalities in order to be licensed and to maintain that license in the state.
Minnesota Training Requirements
In the state of Minnesota you will have to take a forklift and light industrial truck driving course.
The course takes about 4 hours to complete. During that time you will need to take theory and safety aspects of the forklift driving.
The final examination which is required consists of only 12 questions. You will need to at least have 9 answers correct in order to pass the test, or an exam correct answer score of 70%.
Once you’ve passed that you will be able to drive the forklift and to be licensed in the state.
If you are ever involved in any accident with the forklift or are ever seen to be driving the forklift erratically, or more than three years have passed since you last took the examination and safety training you will need to redo the training and examination.
Licensing Requirements in Minnesota
The licensing examination in Minnesota must be done after you have taken the course and the theory.
The examination cannot be taken until you have proven that you are licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Minnesota.
Forklift Relicensing in the state of Minnesota
You will need to recertify and requalify every three years in order to keep your Minnesota forklift license current.
Minnesota is aligned with OSHA requirements for powered industrial vehicles.
Relicensing is explained in detail in this blog See Forklift Refresher Training post.
Minnesota is rank in the top quarter of US states in terms of average forklift wages and earning potential.
As a forklift driver in Minnesota you can expect to earn about $16.60 per hour or $34,540 pa.
Arkansas is ranked the lowest with forklift drivers in Hawaii earning the most. The delta between the highest and lowest is $12,700 pa.
Check the average earning potential for a forklift driver across all 50 US states by clicking HERE.
If you need advice or have questions about employment, occupational safety and health or wage and hour standards in Minnesota, you can contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Visit the Office:
Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Main Switchboard:(651) 284-5010
Main Fax: (651) 284-5720
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