PAL+, like the PAL operator qualification, is valid for five years and must be renewed after that. Only those who have been filling out their log books (60 entries over 5 years, 10 of which should be in the final year prior to expiry) will be eligible for a PAL+ renewal test. Those who have not been filling out their log books will have to re-sit the PAL operator course and the PAL+ course again. All renewals must be done before the expiry date.
If you hold a valid PAL+ qualification, you do not necessarily need a PAL operator qualification for the same category. If you renew your PAL+ qualification, you do not need to renew your original PAL operator qualification when it expires. However, you must hold a valid PAL operator qualification when you originally take the PAL+ course.
The course is aimed at trained operators who work in higher risk or challenging environments, e.g. steelwork, work in confined overhead spaces, work on challenging terrain. PAL+ training is open to operators who hold an existing PAL Card qualification in the relevant category.
Net riggers and steel erectors working on UK Contractors Group (UKCG) sites must hold the PAL+ qualification from 31 October 2013.