Overview of IPAF Training
IPAF training courses which form part of the IPAF training programme are globally recognised by industry professionals – as such, they are available in over 900 IPAF approved training centres worldwide, and in multiple languages. Teaching delegates about working at height safely, IPAF courses offer a cost-effective training solution to ensuring safe operation for all workers when using powered access equipment.
What is IPAF?
The term “IPAF” stands for the International Powered Access Federation. IPAF is a non-profit organisation that looks to promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. In the UK, IPAF plays a crucial role in providing training and guidance to individuals and organizations involved in operating, renting, or manufacturing powered access equipment, such as cherry pickers, scissor lifts, and boom lifts.
Why Does IPAF Exist?
IPAF courses were originally created to ensure the safety of those working with MEWPs (mobile elevated work platforms) and those who work at height. Working with any type of machinery that raises an individual into the air poses significant risks, and IPAF’s primary mission is to ensure that individuals using powered access equipment are trained to operate these machines safely, reducing the number of accidents and fatalities related to working at height.
Why Should an Individual Undertake IPAF Training?
Whilst there are no legal requirements in the UK to hold IPAF certification for those who work at height or operate powered access equipment, undertaking IPAF training is still a very good idea. IPAF training equips construction workers, maintenance personnel, or those who are involved in any task that requires working at height with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate aerial work platforms safely and efficiently.
Upon successful completion of IPAF training in the UK, individuals receive an IPAF PAL (Powered Access License) Card. This card is widely recognized in the industry and serves as proof of the holder's competence in operating powered access equipment safely.
There are several categories on the PAL Card, each representing a specific type of powered access equipment, such as Mobile Vertical (3a), Mobile Boom (3b), Static Vertical (1a), and Static Boom (1b). The specific categories attained depend on the type of training undertaken and the equipment used during the training.
It is possible to book individual training courses for these specialities, or combined courses depending on what the individual needs. We offer a range of combinations up to 3 categories such as 1b, 3a and 3b.
Benefits of IPAF Training
There are a number of benefits to undertaking IPAF training, such as:
• Safety: IPAF training ensures that individuals understand the safety protocols and best practices associated with operating powered access equipment, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on the job.
• Legal Compliance: In the UK, there are legal obligations regarding the training and competence of individuals operating work equipment, including powered access platforms. IPAF training ensures compliance with these regulations such as the Working at Height Regulations 2005.
• Job Opportunities: Many employers in the UK like to see current IPAF certification, especially in construction, maintenance, and other industries involving work at height.
• Skill Enhancement: IPAF training enhances the skills and confidence of individuals, allowing them to operate a variety of powered access equipment efficiently and effectively.
• Industry Recognition: The IPAF PAL Card is globally recognised and respected in the powered access industry. Possessing this qualification demonstrates a high level of competence to employers and clients.
In summary, IPAF training in the UK is indispensable for anyone working with powered access equipment. It not only ensures personal safety but also opens doors to a wide range of job opportunities, providing a valuable credential recognized throughout the industry.