Your Safety Is Riding on It!
ALI developed the Lift Inspector Certification Program in response to growing demand from businesses that use vehicle lifts, as well as the governmental health and safety organizations that monitor them. Annual vehicle lift inspections conducted by a “qualified automotive lift inspector” are required by the ANSI National Standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection, and maintenance (ANSI/ALI ALOIM current edition) and included by reference in regulations in the United States and Canada. However, until now there have been no national vehicle lift inspection licensing or certification programs.
In October 2012, after several years of development and a financial investment of more than $700,000, ALI launched the first third-party lift inspector certification program. The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program provides third-party qualification of vehicle lift inspectors and certifies those who demonstrate they are capable of properly inspecting vehicle lifts in accordance with the ANSI standard governing vehicle lift inspection. The program further provides a proactive alternative to support service bay safety rather than penalty-based compliance programs founded on OSHA’s General Duty Clause or provincial requirements in Canada.
“Proper vehicle lift certification, installation, and inspection have come under increased scrutiny in recent years by OSHA and other local, state, provincial and federal health and safety officers,” explains R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president. “This has resulted in an increase in shops looking for qualified lift inspectors. Without a national certification program in place, vehicle lift inspection companies haven’t been able to offer independent validation that their inspectors are qualified. The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program provides third-party assurance that an ALI Certified Lift Inspector has been tested and proven competent to thoroughly inspect an installed vehicle lift and report on its suitability for continued use and/or the need for maintenance or repair. We encourage all vehicle lift inspectors to demonstrate their professionalism and differentiate themselves from their competitors by getting certified.”
Anyone with a minimum 12 months experience as a vehicle lift inspector may apply to participate in the certification program. The program includes extensive printed training materials, a six-hour orientation workshop, a written pre-course exam, a final course exam, and documented practical experience. After successfully passing the exams, the candidate will receive recognition as an automotive lift inspector certified by ALI. Companies with at least one ALI Certified Lift Inspector on staff are listed in the online directory. The directory is searchable by ZIP/postal code to make it easy for customers to find local vehicle lift inspection companies with ALI certified inspectors.
Lift inspectors, certified by ALI, are required to sign and adhere to the program’s Code of Ethics. In addition, the service provider (the inspection company employing the inspector) is required to sign a separate Participant Code of Ethics.