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IPAF Training

IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. Set up in 1983, IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies. It serves as a forum for all active in the world of powered access. IPAF has played a key role in promoting many of the design, safety and testing procedures that are now established in the powered access industry.

IPAF Categories

The IPAF training categories, with abbreviations and brief explanations, are:

Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) courses for: 

Static Vertical (1a, 1a+):

Vertical personnel platforms (static) Static

Boom (1b, 1b+):

Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms Mobile Vertical

(3a, 3a+):

Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile) Mobile

Boom (3b, 3b+):

Self-propelled booms

Push Around Vertical (PAV):

Push around verticals Special

(SPECIAL):

Specialist machines

  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP)
  • Insulated Aerial Devices (IAD)
  • Harness Use and Inspection (H) view syllabus
  • Loading and Unloading (LOAD)
  • MEWPs for Managers (MM)
What the “+” symbol means. This means that the operator has successfully completed the PAL+ course, which covers additional, practical training and testing on the machine category indicated. The operator has successfully demonstrated his/her ability to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively in challenging work environments.