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

What is an IPAF Licence and What Does it Cover?


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The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is an organisation that provides training and certification for professionals who operate mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). So let’s look at what an IPAF licence entails and the scope of its coverage.

Understanding the IPAF licence

The IPAF licence, often referred to as an IPAF PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), is a certification that demonstrates an individual’s competence in operating MEWPs safely and efficiently. The PAL Card is recognised internationally and is highly regarded in various industries. Our clients come from the construction, facilities management, and manufacturing fields to name just a few.

What the IPAF Licence Covers

The IPAF course is one of the most comprehensive available to delegates in a really wide range of industries, and you can expect to cover the following when you train with us:

Training and Assessment

To obtain an IPAF licence, individuals must complete a comprehensive training course. This training includes theoretical and practical modules, ensuring that you not only understand the principles of MEWP operation but have hands-on experience with the equipment.

Types of MEWPs

The IPAF licence covers a wide range of MEWP categories, including but not limited to: Static Vertical (1a), Static Boom (1b), Mobile Vertical (3a), and Mobile Boom (3b).

Safe Operation

The primary focus of the IPAF training is safety. Licence holders learn about potential hazards, emergency procedures, equipment inspection, and safe operating practices. This knowledge is crucial for preventing accidents on site.

Regulations and Standards

The IPAF licence also covers the regulations and standards relating to MEWP operation. Operators are trained to comply with national and international safety requirements.

Practical Skills

The practical component of IPAF training involves hands-on experience with different types of MEWPs. You will learn how to manoeuvre the equipment, position it safely, and carry out essential tasks at height.

Renewal and Refresher Training

The IPAF licence is not a one-time qualification. It requires renewal every 5 years to ensure that operators remain up-to-date with the latest safety practices and equipment advancements.

Benefits of Holding an IPAF licence

Obtaining an IPAF licence offers a wide range of benefits to individuals and employers alike, such as:

  • Safety: Licence holders are well-equipped to minimise risks and hazards associated with MEWP operation, making the workplace safer for everyone.
  • Legal Compliance: Employers can rest assured that their operators are compliant with safety regulations, reducing the risk of legal issues and fines.
  • Efficiency: IPAF training enables operators to work more efficiently, resulting in increased productivity and cost-effectiveness.
  • Global Recognition: The IPAF PAL Card is widely recognized and accepted globally, making it a valuable asset for professionals who may want to work all over the world.
  • Career Advancement: Having an IPAF licence can open doors to many career opportunities, as many employers prefer or require their operators to be certified.

When Will You Gain Your Licence?

In conclusion, the IPAF licence is a vital certification for professionals operating MEWPs in various industries. To ensure that you get the most out of your training, be sure to complete your training with a trusted provider of IPAF courses such as Harrington Safety. This is the only way to ensure that you will be fully certified. So get in touch with us today!

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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.

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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.

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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


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


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