While forklift competitions are held under various names, such as forklift rodeo, forklift championship, and forklift competition, the purpose is the same – to promote skills excellence and safe operator practices.
The B.C. Forklift Championship, for example, encompasses a two-stage process. The first is a written test involving 20 multiple choice questions. The second stage, involves maneuvering a demanding course purposed with testing the skill and dexterity of operators. The driving portion of the course is timed so that operators must complete the course in a prescribed period of time. The goal of the competition is to identify the top operators in terms of both safety and efficiency. See a slide show of the B.C. Championship
A number of forklift championships are held around the world. These include:
- The British Columbia Forklift Championship, sponsored by Canadian Materials Handling & Distribution Society
- The US Open Forklift Rodeo
- Washington State Forklift Rodeo, sponsored by the Washington Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board
- Columbia Forklift Challenge, sponsored by the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Conference
- National Forklift Championships (Australia)
- Stapler Cup (Germany)
- RTITB and SUMOglove Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition (U.K.)
Plans are underway to have a Canada-US Championship involving British Columbia, Washington and Oregon champions.