IPAF Operator Training


The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. Set up in 1983, IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies. It serves as a forum for all active in the world of powered access. IPAF has played a key role in promoting many of the design, safety and testing procedures that are now established in the powered access industry.

The IPAF training programme for platform operators is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878. More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 600 training centres. Training generally lasts one to two days and is a mixture of theory and practice.

Those who successfully complete IPAF training are awarded the PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), the most widely held and recognised proof of training for platform operators. The PAL Card is valid for five years and shows the machine categories that the operator has been trained in. It also features the holder’s photo and signature, and can be verified by calling IPAF.


There are many hazards when working at height on a powered access platforms, with ever increasing work at height regulations, you must ensure that as a MEWP operator, you’re trained to use machinery safely and effectively and keep up to date with current legislations. The IPAF training programme for platform operators takes care of this for you and this organisation sees more than 90,000 operators being trained each year.
We hold various different IPAF training courses such as at our Plymouth (Devon) and Redruth (Cornwall) training centres;

- IPAF Operator – 3a, 3b, 1b and PAV
- IPAF Harness
- IPAF MEWP’s for Managers
- IPAF Loading and Unloading
- IPAF Demonstrator

Whether you are an operator, instructor or manager – IPAF training is crucial to your understanding and safe use of powered access platforms.

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