Training in the use of work equipment is required by health and safety legislation and work at height regulations. Employers are obliged to train employees. The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified by TUV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms & Operator (driver) training.

More than 80,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of training centres. Successful trainees can using the E-PAL app have their qualifications on their phone, All certificates are e-certs unless stated at time of booking (Extra Charge is applicable)

IPAF itself does not provide training. IPAF Training is provided by approved training centres. As an approved training centre, we are regularly audited by IPAF. Class sizes are kept small, typically 4 to 8 delegates on Operator Courses. Courses generally last one day and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test.

IPAF Operator on 3A, 3B & 1B Training TWO CATEGORIES £200

We can train you on 3A Mobile Vertical
3B Mobile Boom
1B Static Boom

Anyone in an organisation that operates scissor lifts, static or self powered telescopic and articulating booms, vertical platforms, vehicle or trailer mounted platforms and booms. This not only includes construction sites but all workplaces, such as schools, offices, theatres and factories both internally and externally.

Following the IPAF proven blend of theory and practical instruction, your employees can develop an awareness of the legal implications, common hazards and precautions, together with the correct driving, operation, pre-use inspection, elevating, lowering and emergency procedures for these commonly used MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms).

The IPAF Training Course content Includes:

  • Introduction
  • MEWP Categories
  • Structural Parts
  • Regulations
  • Pre-use inspection/handover
  • Safe operating methods and hazards
  • Theory test Pass or Fail
  • Practical Training
  • Practical Assessment Pass or Fail
  • Licence Renewal & Log books

(Please note that we do offer group discount and other combinations of the IPAF Categories; please contact us for a quotation)

IPAF For Demonstrators

The IPAF Demonstrator Course delivers a minimum of 7 hours of both classroom and practical instruction on correctly carrying out the required tasks involved in the role of Demonstrator which is to familiarise operators with their responsibilities and to demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedure and the limitations of MEWPs.

All candidates wishing to attend the IPAF Demonstrator training course must have successfully passed the IPAF Operator Course prior to attending and hold a valid IPAF PAL Operator Card in the category that they wish to be trained to demonstrator level in. Each candidate who wishes to be considered as a Demonstrator should have a reasonable knowledge of good site safety practice, be confident and a good communicator.

Course Content:

  • Health & Safety legislation & regulations.
  • Limitations and use of mobile elevating work platforms.
  • Identifying controls, safety devices and warning alarms.
  • Daily and routine inspection and servicing requirements.
  • Setting up in preparation for work.
  • Ground and site conditions.
  • Safe operating techniques.
  • Emergency lowering procedures.
  • Manufactures Instruction Manuals.
  • The use of fall arrest equipment.
  • Multiple choice test paper
  • Practical demonstrating test.

IPAF Load and Unload course

Objectives: - Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety legislation, be aware of accident prevention and control measures, be aware of PPE and requirements, able to safely load and unload different types of machinery onto a suitable vehicle ready for transportation legally on the public highway.

  • Course Outline
  • Theory session
  • Introduction
  • Regulations
  • Vehicle types
  • Vehicle load
  • Risk Assessment
  • Loading and securing
  • Unloading
  • Theory Test
  • Practical
  • Risk assessment
  • Inspection of vehicle and load
  • Compatibility of vehicle load
  • Securing
  • Unloading parking and leaving plant

IPAF MEWP Safety Harness Training

A half day course ( 4 hours) for anyone in your organisation that uses supervises or manages the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPS) and needs to be made aware of the correct selection, inspection and use of safety harnesses to prevent falls.

Using our tried and tested blend of classroom-based theory and hands-on experience, your staff can develop an awareness of the legal and practical implications of preventing falls from MEWPs, learn to identify and select the correct form of harness and lanyard, and be able to inspect, maintain, monitor, fit and use them effectively.

No previous experience necessary

Course Outline

  • Legislation
  • NEW - Guidance on when Harnesses/Lanyards need to be worn
  • Categories for safe work at height
  • CE marking
  • Trace-ability
  • Work restraint - WHY?
  • Work restraint - how it will work
  • Equipment strengths:
  • Equipment inspection
  • Rescue provision
  • Practical session (fitting and inspection of a full body harness, restraint lanyard, and correctly attach to an anchorage point)

IPAF MEWPS for Managers

Anyone who supervises or plans working at height. The course consists of classroom based tutorials, demonstrations, practical and test.

To instruct a Supervisor or Manager in what is required to prepare for and safely co-ordinate various types of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) within their control.

Course content

  • Machine classification
  • Types of machines
  • Regulations
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms - Operator (Driver) Training BS ISO 18878:2004
  • BS 8460:2005 Safe Use of MEWPs - Code of Practice
  • Practical view of machine (optional)
  • Delivery of machines
  • Theory test
  • Course evaluation

Key learning objectives

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of pre-use checks and of the daily maintenance carried out prior to commencing work
  • Understand the regulations relevant to MEWP usage
  • Use the correct emergency procedures, capacities and limitations to enable safe operation
  • Correctly select MEWPs
  • Correctly select fall protection equipment