IPAF Powered Access Operator Training - 1 Category

There are 4 different categories of basic IPAF Operator training course, these being:

  • IPAF 1a: Static Vertical - Vertical personnel platforms (static)
  • IPAF 1b: Static Boom - Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms
  • IPAF 3a: Mobile Vertical - Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)
  • IPAF 3b: Mobile Boom - Self-propelled booms

Courses within thiis category are for those who only wish to sit one category in a training course at a time.

Undertaking thorough training to work on mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) such as scissor lifts, booms and outriggers is essential to ensure the safety of all personnel in the area, as well as ensuring compliance with the law.

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IPAF Course Detail

IPAF course types 1b, 3a and 3b are the most popular and are the most likely to have open course dates.

Course content will vary based on the specific category chosen. However, all 4 categories share common themes, and will typically include:

  • Health and Safety legislation related to the use of MEWP’s (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms)
  • Different types of MEWPs, their safe operation and limitations of use
  • Pre-use checks, inspection, and function tests
  • Route planning before operating the MEWP, travelling, and manoeuvring.
  • Setting up the MEWP for work
  • Selection and use of fall arrest equipment
  • Use of log books
  • Multiple choice theory assessment
  • Practical training session and assessment

Course Delivery

Courses can be run at a registered IPAF training centre or at a customer’s premises, as long as the venue and equipment meet pre-requisite requirements.

As well as conventional courses where delegates attend the course to study both the theory and practical elements,  a blended course option is now available where the theory aspect of this course is completed online. Delegates will then attend the training centre for the practical aspect of the course.

Successful delegates will receive an IPAF Certificate of Training and IPAF PAL Photo ID Card, which is valid for 5 years.

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