IPAF Course

International Powered Access Federation Course

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IPAF courses are about making sure you have the right set of skills and knowledge to operate a range of different types of MEWPS (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) including scissor lifts, cherry pickers, and other powered access equipment safely in the workplace.

The IPAF (International Powered Access Equipment Federation) course is relevant to you if you are a manager, supervisor, or operative who uses or supervises the use of powered access plant equipment in the workplace.

The course is about ensuring you qualify for the IPAF PAL (Powered Access Licence) photo ID card. Over 480,000 IPAF PAL cards have been issued worldwide and as such, it is recognised across a broad range of industrial sectors as the way of proving competence in operating or supervising the use of powered access equipment.

It is important that you hold a valid IPAF card as many employers and contractors will not allow MEWPS to be operated by staff who do not hold an IPAF card, (to prove you are competent operator).

There is a wide range of IPAF courses available depending on the category of MEWP that you operate, (for more details please call us on 0800 130 3225). The course content for the IPAF 3a & 3b category (scissor & boom) course is as follows:

  • Introduction & scope of the International Powered Access Federation
  • Pre-theory test
  • Current relevant health and safety legislation
  • Operator responsibilities
  • MEWP Safe Operating guide
  • Machine pre user checks
  • Safe working environments
  • Machine familiarisation
  • Pre-start safety checks & control functions
  • Machine operating session
  • Practical test

The IPAF course is delivered by a mixture of group participation and practical exercises. To pass the course delegates must pass both a theory and practical test.

IPAF courses run for one day and are suitable for both novice and experienced candidates and you can attend an IPAF course at any one of our 30+ specialist IPAF training venues situated around the UK. IPAF courses can also be run at a location of your choice if you have the appropriate facilities available. Please call us on 0800 130 3225 for more details.

The cost of attending an IPAF course is £225.00 plus VAT and discounts are available for clients wanting to book multiple candidates on courses. Included in the cost of your course are the IPAF card & certificate fees which are valid for five years. We will handle the card application process for you ensuring your IPAF card reaches your home address.

To be eligible to attend the IPAF course you must have a good understanding of written and spoken English. You must also be able to attend the course with your own set of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

For more details or to find out your nearest IPAF training location please call us on 0800 130 3225.



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