PIT Training:
Powered Industrial Truck Safety Training Program

We’re a trusted provider of what we feel is the best powered industrial truck or PIT training available on the market today. Our safety training courses can be done anywhere. We offer online and onsite training options; choose whichever you prefer. We can get you your PIT certification in as little as two hours with our online training. You can also use a more robust, customizable option through our DIY training kits or onsite training. No matter which option you want, we can help you get the PIT training you want at a price you can afford.

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What and Why

What’s in the PIT Training Courses?

Our PIT training courses are regulation-compliant, and our online versions fulfill training requirements. Each class contains sections on machine anatomy, principles of stability, safe operations, common hazards to avoid, and more.

These presentations include intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the courses. In addition to the written exam, these courses also include a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, these trainings encompass the following OSHA standards for powered industrial trucks:

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 App A, Powered Industrial Trucks

Why do I need PIT training?

In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to powered industrial trucks or other processes are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.


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PIT Training Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to take PIT training?

OSHA requires PIT training for PIT operators—on that, there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need PIT refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, OSHA requires PIT operators to be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate.

However, three years is the maximum time that is allowed to pass before an operator receives PIT recertification. According to OSHA, there are several instances that will require additional PIT safety training and observation before the three-year period is up:

  • PIT operator is observed in an accident or a near miss
  • PIT operator received a poor evaluation or is observed driving in a dangerous manner
  • The PIT operator is assigned to drive a different type of PIT or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional PIT safety training (such as being transferred from a warehouse to a dock or a construction site)

How much are PIT course prices?

Our PIT course prices start at $79/person for online training, $399 for the classroom kit (train as many as you need), $650 for the online train the trainer course + the kit and custom pricing for onsite training.

I’ve received PIT training. Can I operate a telescopic handler?

Not likely. OSHA requires PIT operators to receive PIT safety training for each type of PIT. On this term, “type,” there is much confusion. Generally speaking, by “type” OSHA means PIT vs. stand up PIT vs. telescopic handler vs. truck mounted PIT, etc. For example, imagine you have always operated a stand-up PIT in a warehouse but have suddenly been asked to operate a telehandler. In this case, you would need additional PIT training specific to telescopic reach PITs.

Here’s a different scenario: if you have received sit down counterbalance PIT safety training in a warehouse and have always operated a Toyota PIT, but then are asked to operate a Cat PIT, you should be just fine to operate under the same training certification and PIT license (wallet card) received previously. Keep in mind though, controls can differ greatly from brand to brand, so in some cases, you may need additional instruction or a quick refresher training PIT course to make sure you are clear on what each control does.

I’ve operated PITs for 30 years. Do I need to take a PIT course/class, a written exam, and a practical exam still? Or can I just take a written PIT operator test?

Yes, you need to take a PIT operator safety training course. No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires PIT safety training, a PIT written exam, and a practical PIT evaluation. There is no way around it. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the PIT operator not only understands but is capable of operating safely. Many of our customers believe the practical evaluation has the greatest overall value.

I received PIT safety training at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?

This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of PIT and job. If you bring a counterbalance PIT certificate or counterbalance PIT license (wallet card) to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on PIT operations.

Can you explain PIT certification? Who can train, evaluate, and certify operators?

This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, OSHA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:

In terms of using a 3rd party’s safety training materials (like our PIT training kits on CD or our PIT online training classes), OSHA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things a PIT operator should be trained on.’

When we do live training or offer PIT safety training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live PIT safety training or the training materials needed to help them PIT certify their employees.

How do I take the PIT practical evaluation if I take PIT safety training online?

The online PIT course covers OSHA’s requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what PIT safety training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the PIT class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the PIT. When the practical evaluation is done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy OSHA’s requirements for PIT certification.

Can I use any PIT attachment with my PIT?

No. OSHA states that the PIT manufacturer must approve the use of a specific PIT attachment. Too often we see PIT operators using personnel work platforms (man baskets) or other attachments that are made by different manufacturers. They assume that because their PIT is equipped to use such an attachment, it is okay to use any brand. Not true. If you are operating a Toyota PIT then you must contact Toyota and get their written approval to use any attachment, especially if they are of another brand. New capacity plates must be issued with any addition. Your operator’s manual will tell you if your PIT can handle certain kinds of attachments or not.

My trainee scored 80% on the PIT training test/exam. Did he pass or fail his PIT operator safety training course?

Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer, who is also responsible for certifying (or authorizing) their employee to operate a PIT. If an employer chooses to pass their employee at 80% on the PIT safety exam, that’s fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.