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IPAF Training

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 Operator

£240.00 plus VAT

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


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.