IPAF Training Categories

Operator Training - 1a, 1b, 3a, 3b

This course teaches operators how to safely and efficiently drive/position, set up, and elevate machines. You can undertake it on scissor lifts, booms or trailer mounted platforms.

1a and 1b are for what IPAF terms “static” booms and scissor lifts – machines that deploy outriggers, so cannot be driven when elevated.

3a and 3b courses are for self-propelled machines, which can be driven when elevated. Typically these are scissor, booms, mast lifts and cherry pickers.

  • Static Vertical (1a, 1a+)
  • Static Boom (1b, 1b+)
  • Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+)
  • Mobile Boom (3b, 3b+)
Push Around Vertical (PAV) Training

A training course specifically for operators of what IPAF terms “push around vertical” machines – including micro-scissors and low-level access platforms. Trainees learn how to safely and competently manoeuvre, set up and operate the machines.

PAL+ Training

PAL+ is the highest level of IPAF operator training and is only available to operators who already hold a PAL card. This machine category-specific training is designed for operators working in higher risk and more challenging environments like steel erection, working in with confined overhead spaces, or working on particularly challenging terrain. Like the standard operator training, it is certified to international standard ISO 18878.

MEWPS for Managers (MM) Training

This one-day course is designed to teach supervisors and managers on how to plan and safely co-ordinate the operation of any type of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). Content includes health and safety regulation awareness; guidance on accident prevention; and protection of personnel.

MEWP Harness Use & Inspection (H) Training

This course is focused on the appropriate protection and safety equipment for a range of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPS) – and can be tailored to your specific machines. It includes the correct condition and fitting of harnesses.


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