At Harrington Safety, we train in the classroom, online and on-site. Call us with any questions 0800 059 0599.

At Harrington Safety, we train in the classroom, online and on-site. Call us with any questions 0800 059 0599.

What Can You Expect From An IPAF Training Course?


IPAF training courses promote the safe and effective user of powered access equipment, and are accredited by the International Powered Access Federation, which is responsible for maintaining safe and effective standards of powered access across the world. IPAF is the number one accreditation for ensuring the safety and testing procedures in a range of different industries.

The IPAF training courses are aimed at those who will be using powered access equipment in their career.

What is IPAF and what does it mean?

IPAF stands for International Powered Access Federation, and it promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment.

If you are planning on using powered access equipment and mobile elevating work platforms in the workplace, then you will need a Powered Access License. This form of license can be obtained by completing the IPAF training course, which will test your practical skills in using the equipment and the knowledge of how to use it safely.

On completion of an IPAF training course, the delegate will become IPAF certified.

What’s involved in the course?

The training course includes a mixture of classroom or e-learning modules, and practical based learning over 1 to 3 days – depending on existing experience and ability.

Delegates will learn about the theory of working at height, and will also be given practical training on the safe use of the relevant equipment. There will also be a final assessment at the end of the course.

Successful delegates will be awarded with a PAL (Powered Access Licence) for the relevant category completed and will be valid for 5 years.

What is a PAL card?

A PAL card will have the delegate’s name, photograph, assessment date and the type of IPAF course that they have passed, alongside the expiry date and the IPAF logos.

Individuals who will be working with powered access equipment after 5 years will need to revisit the IPAF training to receive a new certification, and undertake another IPAF course that is relevant to their job role.

What course categories are offered in IPAF Operator Training?

With a mixture of theory and practical training, the industry leading IPAF training courses will provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills to safely operate powered access equipment, including:

  • Category 1a, Static Vertical
  • Category 1b: Static Boom
  • Category 3a, Mobile Vertical (Scissor lift)
  • Category 3b, Mobile Boom (Cherry Picker)

What will the outcome be of completing the training course?

On successful completion of the IPAF training course, delegates will be:

  • Fully aware of the relevant Health and Safety regulations
  • Able to manoeuvre the machine as required
  • Fully aware of accident prevention and control
  • Able to operate the MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platform) proficiently and safely
  • Fully aware of the needs regarding personal protection
  • Able to correctly position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner

Contact Harrington Safety

As independent training providers, Harrington Safety offer health and safety training within the construction industry. Book an IPAF training course online today with Harrington Safety.

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We started using Harrington Safety in 2021, the staff are very helpful and professional and go above and beyond to help with last minute requests.

The feedback from our operational team is that training is professional and informative.


Very well structured, managed and informative course provided by both professional and personable staff. The theory and practical tuition that I received put me in good stead to go straight in and operate a 10 ton cherry picker safely and with confidence, both essential factors when using such equipment. I would recommend Harrington Safety Ltd to anyone needing not just to get qualified, but to also feel comfortable operating MEWP systems for their trade.


Ryan was really good instructor, he made sure we understood the theory part of the course and gave us enough time to practice with the machines, so we felt confident before move on to the test. Excellent training!!


Phenomenal training, Ryan’s ability to teach and ensure I fully understood each module in both theory and practical before moving on has left me confident in transferring these skills to the work place.


To start with, this course was outstanding. I've been on a lot of training courses over the years and some are good and some are boring and you can't wait to leave. This course was engaging, the instructor included all students. There was no useless information everything was current and valid no fluff or fillers if you like. The practical was straight to the point and spot on. All in all a good experience and brilliantly put together training course. Top instructors and staff. Highly recommended training facility.


Very good presentation by Gary and very helpful when answering questions.


Harrington safety will be my number one go to for any courses I need to do. I completed my IPAF 3A and 3B and passed 1st time. They let you do the eLearning at home that helps me because of my current position at work. Thank you Paul for a smooth and clear instruction of both the boom and scissor vehicles and Charlie for getting onto IPAF to get my online card quicker, will definitely recommend.


Paul and Charlie were both a pleasure to deal with - very professional, helpful and friendly. Great service and would highly recommend to all. Many thanks.


A well run professional course. Delivered concisely and practically.


First time using Harrington Safety and I found them to be very professional.

The booking process was easy, their responses to any questions was nothing short of instant and their follow up was there!

Thank you Harrington, and I will definitely use you again and advise others to do so.


My certificate and my card arrived today. Thanks for your help, and wonderful attitude. I have many certificates, but your centre is the best. For my next certificate I will be calling you! Thanks.

Alan F

Great teacher, would recommend his courses and will come back to him in future.

Paul was a very good teacher. Easy to understand and helped me when needed. I felt comfortable in his classroom and confident to ask questions. When friends ask, I will recommend.

Ray H

Very knowledgable and passionate tutor

When arriving, I was nervous and unsure of my abilities. The trainer made me feel at ease as soon as I came in. If I needed to ask questions I did, and they were answered clearly and in a way I understood. The practical work was challenging but my trainer guided me through and made it as interesting as possible. Will definitely be recommending this company.


The training was perfectly delivered. I will be quite happy to take my training here again


Excellent, will strongly recommend


Nice people to deal with. Easy website to navigate. Variety of training needs can be met in Covid secure training environment.


Well managed training. The trainers also knew their stuff and answered any questions raised on the course.


Such an amazing company! I couldn't recommend them highly enough for all of your health and safety training within the construction industry.