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About IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense -- through providing technical advice and information, through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, through its safety initiatives and training programmes. It is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members who include manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users.

Training in the use of work equipment is required by most 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 TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. More than 90,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 550 training centres. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.

Approved training centres are regularly audited by IPAF. Class sizes are kept small. Courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test. Course material is available in many languages and training centres receive regular updates.


Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) courses for:

  • Operators- instructs an operator to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs.
  • PAL+- an optional, additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk environments.
  • Demonstrators- Familiarises operators with their responsibilities and the ability to demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedures along with the limitations of MEWPs.
  • Instructors- trains and assesses an instructor to understand the delivery of the IPAF training programme, and assesses knowledge on machines and ability to convey information to candidates.

Other courses: Harness Use and Inspection (H), Loading/Unloading (LOAD), MEWPs for Managers (MM)

For more information and prices please call (01291) 421155. Email: training@accessplatforms.com