Plant Training – The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)
Overview of IPAF
IPAF is a highly recognised governing body when it comes to powered access equipment, training delegates in how to operate MEWP’s (Mobile Elevating Working Platforms).
IPAF provide MEWP training for two major categories of equipment, scissor lifts and cherry pickers, once you have completed your training on these machines you will receive a PAL card which proves that you are competent to operate them and the IPAF card lasts for five years.
Who is it for:
The training is suitable for those who need to obtain their PAL card in order to legally work on powered access equipment.
There is a range of different IPAF course categories that will teach you how to safely operate the following:
- 3a Category (Mobile Scissor Lift Training)
- 3b Category (Mobile Cherry Picker Training)
- 1b Category (Static Cherry Picker Training)
IPAF may also cover other variations of the above equipment including:
- Scissor Training
- Boom Training
- Van Mount Training
- Trailer Mount Training
- Spider Training
Each IPAF course, no matter what category, tend to go by a similar structure. The day will start with a theory based session in which Health and Safety Legislation, the safe operating guide and the responsibility of an operator are covered. They will also have a briefing on how to safely use the machine they are training on.
You will then cover the pre-user checks on a machine and becoming familiar with the machine. The trainer will then touch on what are safe working environments to operate the machine.
Next, you will move onto the practical session in which you will demonstrate your ability to operate the machine and implement the correct pre-start checks.
What is Required to Pass the IPAF Training Course?
You will be examined with a written and practical exam and a one-to-one interview with the assessor.
Contact Us Today
To arrange a training course, if you have any further questions, or if you would like to speak to one of the 3B Training specialists, don’t hesitate to get in touch or email us via [email protected]. If you are considering any further training, you can book a course here or find out more about our other courses.
Precautions You Should Take When Working At Height
Take a look at our blog on the steps you should take before working at height to ensure you are as safe as feasibly possible here.