IPAF training courses promote the safe and effective user of powered access equipment across the world, and are accredited by the International Powered Access Federation. The 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
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