Ensuring all your aerial lift workers are certified and OSHA compliant can be a confusing and time consuming task. As a business owner, safety coordinator or other employee in charge of your company’s aerial lift safety program, you undoubtedly have many questions, such as “Is my aerial lift fleet compliant with the latest industry standards? Does my company meet OSHA aerial lift certification requirements? What happens if OSHA cites my business for a workplace safety violation?”


Most people have these and other questions about aerial lifts as they relate to company safety policies and procedures. The answer to these and other frequently asked questions will give you some insight into OSHA’s requirements for aerial lift safety and aerial lift certification training

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  1. What is OSHA aerial lift certification?

Although OSHA doesn’t offer training programs for aspiring aerial lift operators, they’ve created a list of requirements that must be met through other training programs. When we say that AerialLiftCertification.com’s aerial lift training is OSHA-compliant, we mean that we’ve created programs that meet all of OSHA’s aerial lift training requirements.

2. Who requires OSHA aerial lift certification?

OSHA certification is required for any worker who plans to operate machine-powered aerial work platforms, including aerial lifts, boom lifts, and scissor lifts. Your workers will need this certification to protect their safety while operating the equipment, as well as to ensure your business is OSHA compliant.

3. How can I have my employees receive their aerial lift certifications?

The fastest, most convenient and cost effective way to have your workers certified is through AerialLiftCertification.com’s online Aerial Lift Operator training. ALC’s 100% OSHA compliant certification training takes only about an hour to complete. Since there are no time limits and all training materials are available online 24/7, your employees can complete the course using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other digital device any time that’s convenient and anywhere there’s an Internet connection. Once they’ve received their certifications, your workers will be qualified to operate the various types of aerial lifts and scissor lifts.

4. How much does it cost to certify my aerial lift operators?

Our 100% OSHA compliant aerial lift operator training kit costs just $299, and since there are no “per operator” charges, this one-time payment will cover training for all your current and future operators. By combining the operator training kit with our Train a Trainer course through ALC’s $399 Bundle Package, you’ll soon have your own Certified Aerial Lift Training Expert on hand at all times to train and certify your other workers and future hires. What’s more, when you use ALC to train your workers, the aerial lift operator recertifications OSHA requires every three years are free for life.

5. Is online training a valid way to have my aerial lift operators certified?

Absolutely! Our online aerial lift operator training fully complies with all OSHA aerial lift training requirements. After your workers complete ALC’s online course, they’ll receive their certifications and operator cards, which can immediately be downloaded and printed. Once they’ve demonstrated to your in-house safety trainer that they’re able to properly and safely operate the equipment, they’ll be qualified to use aerial lifts and scissor lifts in your workplace. Enroll now and your lift operators and your business will soon be OSHA compliant!

6. How long does it take for my employees to become OSHA certified?

Although there are no time restrictions, the training can be completed in about an hour. Our streamlined training modules mean minimal downtime and no traveling to offsite facilities. If they prefer, your workers can take the training on their own schedule. It just doesn’t get more convenient than that!

7. How long is OSHA certification good for?

Our OSHA-compliant aerial lift certification is valid for three years from the date of issue or last renewal. Exceptions are if a worker is involved in an aerial lift accident, is observed operating a lift in an unsafe manner, or when new lift equipment is introduced into the workplace. In these instances, refresher training is required earlier than three years.

8. What does OSHA training cost?

If you’ve been stressing over the question of how much OSHA aerial lift training will cost to certify your employees, stress no more! ALC offers comprehensive, affordable training for a variety of aerial lift roles. Our training classes range in price from $149 for our Train A Trainer course to $399 for our Bundle and Save Package, which includes both our $299 Training Kit and our Train A Trainer program. Compare that with expensive third party training providers, and you’ll see the big savings you’ll enjoy!


9. Where can I get OSHA certification for my employees?

The answer is right here! Visit our website and you’ll find the only online courses you need to train and certify your workers to become aerial lift and scissor lift operators.

10. What types of aerial lift training do you offer?

ALC has three training programs, which are our Training Kit, Train a Trainer course and our popular and bargain-priced Bundle Package. Each of these course can be administered as Group Training, Self-Paced Training or Guided Training.

11. What does PSHA consider an aerial lift?

OSHA defines an aerial lift as a vehicle-mounted work platform that’s capable of raising and lowering personnel and equipment. Using the lift’s controls, the operator can move the lift vertically, horizontally or both, depending upon the aerial lift type. OSHA, on the other hand classifies a scissor lift as a type of scaffolding with a work platform that can only be raised and lowered vertically.

12. How long is aerial lift certification good before it needs to be renewed?

Aerial lift worker certifications are normally good for three years from either the date they were first issued or the last time they were renewed. There are, however, a few exceptions: when a worker is involved in an accident while using a forklift, when he or she is observed operating a lift in an unsafe manner or when a new type of lift is brought into the workplace, refresher training is required sooner than three years. When your aerial lift operators are trained and certified by ALC, refresher training and recertification are free for life.

13. Why is Recertification Necessary?

OSHA requires all operators to be certified, which means they must be recertified when the original certification runs out. As OSHA updates its regulations and makes changes to rules, the training will ensure all workers know about the changes and are prepared to meet requirements. Failure to recertify could carry the same penalties as allowing a new worker to operate a lift without proper certification to meet OSHA aerial lift certification requirements.

14. Are hard hats required on aerial lifts?

OSHA and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards both require hard hats to be worn whenever there’s the potential for a worker to sustain a head injury from being struck by or colliding with something solid such as an overhead beam or a falling object. These OSHA and ANSI standards also apply whenever it’s possible that the worker’s head could make contact with an electrical hazard while working from an aerial lift. Practically speaking, hard hats should always be worn when operating or working from an aerial lift platform.

15. Is fall protection required when using a boom lift?

OSHA requires that workers use fall protection in any aerial lift, which would include a boom lift. This protective equipment is not a personal fall restraint but a full body harness designed to prevent the worker from having contact with a lower level if they should be thrown out of the lift. While OSHA doesn’t specify exactly what type of lanyard is necessary, the understanding is that it should be short enough to prevent injury from contact. If a person is near the ground in a lift, their safety harness should be adequately short enough to prevent them from hitting the ground if they fall out of the lift. Unlike with scaffolding and ladders, there is no minimum amount the lift must be off the ground before the protective gear is necessary. It is required from the moment a worker steps into the lift.

Protect Your Workers with Training to Meet OSHA Aerial Lift Certification Requirements

We hope these FAQs have been helpful. For more information about aerial lift training requirements or for help with your company’s safety plan, AerialLiftCertification.com is the place to go! Our training classes combine the convenience of online instruction with the expertise and experience of our in-class trainers. With three different programs to choose from (Train a Trainer, Training Kit, Bundle Package), we’ll meet and exceed your business’s unique training requirements. For our Training Kit, you can use it over and over to train each of your employees anytime you hire someone. You will receive certification immediately upon competition. The Train a Trainer course allows your business to become the trainer for employees while the Bundle Package provides a great discount for both courses. You’ll quickly discover that the aerial lift certification cost is more affordable than what you expected. To find out more, you can talk to our experts at 888-278-8896 today.

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