We are excited that you will be joining us in Orlando on October 12 – 14 for the IFDA National Championship.  To ensure a successful competition, below is information that will help you best prepare for your participation.

The IFDA National Championship Warehouse Competition will include 3 parts: the written exam (100 points), the pre-trip inspection (100 points), and the field course (300 points.)

Written Test (100 points)
The written exam will have 25 multiple-choice questions worth 4 points each.
All information necessary to prepare for the test can be found in OSHA Regulation 1910.178: https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.178

Pre-Trip (100 points)
Competitors will be asked to inspect a Reach Truck or Pallet Jack to locate 5 defects that have been placed there by the judges. Each defect is worth 20 points, for a total of 100 points.

Field Course (300 points)
The Field Course includes 6 obstacles, each worth up to 50 points each. Competitors will receive an overview of the obstacles during the Competitor Orientation on Thursday evening, and will also have an orientation on the actual course on Friday morning before competition.

Additional Info:
The order of competition will be random, and competitors will be sequestered during the competition to help ensure a fair competition for everyone. Competitors shall not have cell phones on them during the written exam or at any time during the competition on Friday.

Competitors and judges must wear appropriate protective footwear in competition areas with operating machinery. Footwear must have slip-resistant ratings with a steel, alloy, or composite toe, preferably with a stamp on them meeting ANSI Z41.
The Reach Truck/Forklift competition class will be using the Raymond 7000 Series Dockstance Reach Truck.

The Pallet Jack competition class will be using the Raymond 8410 Double Pallet Jack.

Competitors will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the equipment, and will need to complete a “skills check” prior to operating it in competition.

If you are less experienced with these models, we strongly encourage you to review materials provided, and find an opportunity to safely practice operating one of these models if possible.

Please review the attached Operator Manuals for the model of equipment you will be operating during the competition.

There are also numerous videos on YouTube that showcase the Raymond equipment you will be operating during the competition. Here are two example that may be helpful for you if you are unfamiliar with the equipment:

  • Raymond Reach Truck introduction video.
  • Raymond Double Pallet Jack introduction video.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Orlando for the National Championship.