Three people operating forklifts in a warehouse.

Warehouse Essential Skills

LEF’s Warehouse Essential Skills Program is a comprehensive, 10-week long training program that has been successfully connecting graduates to the warehousing and logistics field for over 20 years.
Three people operating forklifts in a warehouse.

This program is for individuals interested in obtaining forklift certificates and gaining valuable shipping and receiving skills. One of the program's distinctive features is the inclusion of six weeks of practical warehouse experience, providing valuable hands-on training


Led by certified industry experts, the Warehouse Essential Skills Program is approved under the ‘Private Career Colleges Act, 2005’. The program is specially designed for Ontario Works Recipients, providing them with a solid foundation in the industry. Throughout the course, you will:  

  • Obtain essential forklift certifications 

  • Develop shipping and receiving skills 

  • Acquire theoretical knowledge and gain practical experience 

  • Receive job search support and placement assistance   

Upon successful completion, you will receive multiple certifications, including:

  • Narrow Aisle Reach, 

  • Counter Balance Forklift, 

  • Walkie End Rider, 

  • WHMIS, 

  • Occupational Health & Safety, 

  • First Aid, Emergency CPR, 

  • The LEF Industrial Skills Certification. 

By enrolling in LEF's Warehouse Essential Skills Program, you can take advantage of a well-structured and reputable program that opens doors to various career opportunities in the dynamic world of warehousing and logistics.

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