The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training programme is globally recognized, developed by leading industry professionals and available in multiple languages across a worldwide network of more than 750 IPAF-approved Training Centres.

The comprehensive range of classroom and eLearning courses covers mobile elevating work platforms 9MEWPs) inclduing boom, scissor, 1b, 3a and 3B categoris of machines, mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) and construction hoists.

Courses are aimed at operators, service technicians, delivery drivers, managers / supervisors, demonstrators, installers and instructors.

IPAF training courses help you keep your employees safe and you stay legal.

IPAF itself does not provide training. Training is provided by over 750 IPAF-approved Training Centres in nearly 50 countries and regions. Each training centre is regularly audited by IPAF to ensure the highest standard of training is delivered. IPAF’s MEWP operator course allows you to undertake the theory element of your training either as eLearning or in the classroom prior to your practical training and est. IPAF’s latest MEWP for Mnaager course can be completed either in the classroom or by eLearning. Ask your IPAF-approved Training Centre for eLearning options when booking.

Depending on the training, courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory (unless eLearning has been completed beforehand) and practical with a written and practical test.

The majority of IPAF MEWP, MCWP and Hoist courses, if passed, will qualify you for a Powered Access Licence (PAL Card), which is globally recognized and proof that you have been training to the highest standard. Your PAL card lasts for five years.

IPAF Courses

Course length: From half a day up to three days (Depending on machine category)
Theory eLearning available
PAL Card on completion.

This training course instructs an operator to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs, also referred to as cherry pickers, aerial lifts or scissor lifts. Categories include Static Vertical 91a), Static Boom (1b), Mobile Vertical (3a), Mobile Boom (3b), Specialist Machines (SPECIAL).

The training course for Push Around Vertical (PAV) MEWPs takes half a day and Insulated Aerial Device (IAD) MEWPs takes two days.

IPAF’s MEWP Operator Training is certified by TUV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.

Duration of the course is variable, depending on the type of course, trainee experience, machine complexity, and the number of machine categories taken. One day is a maximum of seven hours.

Course length: One day
PAL Card on completion.

This course trains a demonstrator to familiarise operators with their responsibilities and to demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedures, and the limitations of MEWPs.

Course length: Half a day
Certificate on completion.

This course instructs a user to select, inspect and use a harness and associated equipment safely when using a MEWP.

Course length: One day
Certificate on completion.

This course instructs an operator and/or driver in the correct safety procedures for the loading, unloading and securing or machinery prior to or following transportation by road.

Course length: One day
eLearning available
Certificate on completion.

MEWPs for Managers is the essential course for those who plan, supervise and manage the use of mobile elevating work platforms in the workplace. Available as either eLearning or a full-day course at an IPAF training centre.

Course length: One to two days, dependent on experience.
Certificate on completion.

IPAF’s one-day pre-delivery inspection course enables trainees to perform PDIs of MEWPs in a structured and systematic way.

Course length: One day
CAP Card on completion.

The IPAF Competent Assessed Person (CAP) programme focuses on a crucial aspect of safety -that of the machine itself. It is assessment of skill in the thorough examination of MEWPs.

Course length: half a day
Certificate on completion.

The course guides candidates through the process of determining the optimum MEWP for a given task. Factors covered include height, reach, p-and-over height, the weight of people, required materials & tools, environment, restrictions, set-up and hazards.