IPAF Powered Access Training Course

IPAF Training Courses in our training centre in Hampshire or on-site

Safe Training Services can offer a range of IPAF accredited courses.

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 receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.

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 6 delegates on Operator Courses. Courses generally last one day and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test.
Powered Access Training

IPAF Courses Available

Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) courses for:
  • Operators
  • Demonstrators

Categories of MEWP equipment:
  • Static Vertical (1a)
  • Static Boom (1b)
  • Mobile Vertical (3a)
  • Mobile Boom (3b)
  • Push Around Vertical (PAV)

Static Vertical
Static Boom
Mobile Vertical
Mobile Boom


The PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) is recognised worldwide across industries as proof of platform operator training to the highest standard. It is issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to platform operators who successfully complete a training course at an IPAF-approved training centre.

Who needs a PAL Card?

If you need to work at height and use powered access equipment:
  • IPAF believes that you should receive basic training.
  • In addition to your main job, e.g. electrician, painter, decorator, cleaner, you will acquire a new skill.
  • Platforms are designed to be easy to use and offer a safe way to work at height, but with basic training you will use the equipment more effectively and safely.
If you are an employer:
  • You can be sure that legal requirements have been fulfilled if your platform operators have the PAL Card.
  • Most legislation, covering health and safety obligations, accident prevention and work at height regulations, require you to provide employees with proper and adequate training in the use of work equipment.
  • IPAF training to the highest standards means that your platform operators will also work more efficiently and productively.
PAL id card


The PAL Card is valid for five years. It shows the date on which the holder was assessed and the expiry date by which re-training would be needed. It shows the types of equipment that the holder has been trained to operate. It shows the level to which the holder has been trained, e.g. operator, demonstrator and instructor. It has security features including a holographic logo and the holder's photograph and signature to prevent mis-use.
Safe Training Services offer a wide variety of online training courses. Got a question? Call our specialist training team at our Hampshire office and we will help you get started.

Call 01329 849 097
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