Yes, it most definitely is.
For those in doubt, a recent $45,000 penalty imposed by WorkSafeBC cited, among other things: “forklift operator training was not current and did not meet the applicable standard”.
Here is another extract from a company citation: “expired certificate of competency . . . continue to ensure operators are assessed periodically for competency consistent with the CSA standard . . . “.
Yes, retraining is necessary. That is why there is always an expiration date on the documentation.
Why is it necessary? Almost 3,000 forklift related accidents in BC in the last 5 years, 7 of them fatal.
A recertification course is a good reminder of the basics. We are all human and it is human nature to become complacent.