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.

IPAF Operator Training Courses

We are Harrington Safety, and we are the leading providers for those looking to take an IPAF training course in London. IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access on a worldwide basis. Harrington Safety can facilitate all IPAF training courses for mobile access platforms and static platforms run in the following ‘easy to get to’ locations. We cover Wembley, Bracknell, High Wycombe and all of London. Should you wish to have training onsite, we work nationally and have a trusted team of experienced training professionals to provide you with the best training within the industry on your site. We are an accredited IPAF training centre, so are ideally placed to provide you with the training that you need. That’s why so many delegates choose to take an IPAF operator training course with us.

You can take a number of different courses here, including the IPAF operator training course 3A & 3B, as well as 1A and 1B.

Courses can be run over 1 day to 3 days, dependent on existing experience and successful completion of the training course. All IPAF courses provide you the opportunity to gain enough practical experience to be able to operate MEWPs (Mobile elevated working platforms) in a safe and confident way. Once the candidate completes a course successfully, they will be awarded with a PAL (Powered Access Licence) for the relevant category or categories taken. The PAL card is valid for 5 years.

Course categories offered in IPAF Operator Training:

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

What you can expect from our courses

  • Pre-theory Test
  • Current and relevant legislation
  • MEWP categories explained
  • Pre Inspection requirements
  • Safe operating practices
  • Observations of hazards
  • Written theory test
  • Practical training session
  • PAL card, upon successful completion

Harrington Safety can also offer additional IPAF accredited courses, including PAL+, PAV, MEWPS for Managers, MCWP (mast climbing work platforms) and Load and Unload. All our courses are run through approved training centres or on your site by our team of experienced training professionals. Should you wish to book any of these courses, please get in touch so we can book you in for a date convenient for you. They are all run at the same ‘easy to get to’ locations of the IPAF Operator Training courses above.

To find out more about taking an IPAF operator training course, please reach out to a member of our team today.


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Fantastic safety and awareness training!


Good training centre, professional and easy going tutors, had a nice time there. Many thanks for being so helpful Ryan and Paul!


I did my MEWP 3a and 3b training and exam for my PAL at Harrington Safety Ltd on the 23/04/22 under the supervision of Nathan and Ryan. Both helped me to relax and understand the importance of life preservation through safety, competence and awareness. The training level in theory and practical that was given by Ryan and Nathan is what made acquiring my license possible in that short space of time. I was issued with a temporary permit after exam completion as I needed it for the following day which was very handy. I would highly recommend Harrington Safety Ltd going on my own experience.


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.


Great guys! Really supportive and well experienced! I also appreciate they provided hard hats and harnesses for those who did not have. Expect few hours of theory followed by practical test.


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.


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.


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