Annual Lift Inspections

Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Certified Inspectors


Originally founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S.  manufacturers of in-ground lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI),  in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the  first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947.  Currently credentialed by ANSI, and recognized by the International  Accreditation Forum as an Accredited Standards Developer and a Product  Certification Organization. 

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, 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. 

Your Safety is Riding on it!

 “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.  

Meet Your ALI Certified Inspector

Brian Vance

Why Should You Hire an ALI Certified Lift Inspector?

ANSI standards mandate that a qualified lift inspector inspect all  vehicle lifts at least annually. Many companies will tell you that their  inspectors are qualified to perform these inspections. But the only  independent verification of lift inspector qualification in North  America is the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector  Certification Program.

ALI Certified Lift Inspectors:

  • Have been independently tested and certified by ALI as qualified to  inspect any vehicle lift, regardless of manufacturer, brand, model,  type, age or location.
  • Have passed two rigorous exams covering electrical, mechanical,  hydraulic and pneumatic principles, as well as basic automotive lift  design and use. The exams are administered by an independent testing  agency.
  • Have properly completed 12 practical experience inspections using ALI-approved inspection procedures and forms.
  • Follow industry standard lift inspection processes and use  standardized lift inspection documentation to ensure that every lift  receives a consistently thorough inspection.
  • Have signed the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program Participant Code of Ethics .
  • Are employees of firms that have signed the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program Inspector Code of Ethics .
  • Can apply serialized ALI Certified Lift Inspection Program labels to  every lift they inspect. Labels provide code enforcement officials with  instant proof of the last time a lift was professionally inspected.  Each label includes the year of inspection and the individual  inspector’s unique ID number.
  • Are eligible for Associate Class Membership in ALI. Associate Class Members receive ongoing lift inspection training.