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Lift Truck Theory and Practice

Course Code: WHTP 0104
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 14 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of the operation of a sit down counterbalance lift truck. The need for the stringent safety rules that apply in relation to the operation of a lift truck is demonstrated to students. Forklift Operator’s Certificate can be obtained in this course.

Course Content

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of forklift physics and forklift driving.
  • Describe the Occupational Health and Safety rules and regulations around the operation of lift trucks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate a lift truck in a safe and efficient manner.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Hands on driving experience

Means of Assessment

  • The theory of lift truck driving and safety will be assessed by means of continuous classroom instruction, evaluation and testing.
  • The practice of lift truck driving will be assessed by observing hands-on driving by the student. Observation and final evaluation will be done by a qualified lift truck trainer.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of the safe operation of a sit down counterbalance lift truck.
  • Demonstrate practical competency in the operation of a sit down counterbalance lift truck.

course prerequisites

Instructor permission





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.