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IPAF 3a and 3b

IPAF 3a and 3b course trains delegates on how to operate mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).

Workers who operate MEWPs within their role, and individuals that supervise or manage the use of powered access will benefit from this MEWP training.

Why Take the IPAF 3a and 3b Training Course?

This training course will instruct a MEWP operator how to safely operate various types of MEWPs and prepare them.

This includes the use of cherry pickers, mobile vertical, mobile boom, boom lifts, propelled boom and scissor lifts. For static boom training, have a look at our IPAF 1b course.

Our goal with this IPAF 3a 3b training, is to give you the knowledge and confidence to carry out your role more safely and effectively. With this knowledge, you will have the tools needed to increase your productivity and be proficient.

What Does the IPAF 3a and 3b Training Course Involve

Our IPAF MEWP training covers the following topics (for the full list of topics covered in this training, keep reading:

  • Mobile elevating work platforms categories
  • Structural parts of mobile elevating work platforms categories
  • Regulations


This course can be delivered in the following ways:

3B Training can deliver courses for a group of your employees in-house at your site or venue of your choice.

We can organise the IPAF 3a and 3b course to be delivered in-house at your site.

You must provide the machines if you want the course delivered on your site, and your site and machines must meet IPAF requirements.

You can decide if you want to do the theory via eLearning and a half day practical session, or do a full day with theory in a classroom and practical.

Complete the enquiry form if you are interested in organising an in-house course for your employees and our team will be in touch.


  • You achieve a full registration and IPAF certificate, upon successful completion of the course.
  • Gives employers confidence that legal requirements are satisfied if employees have the PAL card.
  • Practical course that teaches you what you need to be successful in your role
IPAF 3a and 3b Course Content

The trainer will cover the following subjects on this IPAF training course:

  • Theory – Introduction and pre-course theory test
  • MEWP categories
  • Structural Parts of MEWPS
  • Regulations – ISO 18878, European, HASAWA
  • Regulations – PUWER, LOLER, MHSW, WAHR, RIDDOR
  • Pre-use inspections and handovers
  • Safe operating methods and how to identify and manage potential hazards
  • Theory test
  • Practical – Practical Training
  • Practical Assessment
Mike is a good instructor. A pleasure to learn from him.
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  • How long is the IPAF 3a and 3b training course?
    How long is the IPAF 3a and 3b training course?

    This IPAF 3a and 3b course is a 1 day course, that covers theory and practical sessions.

  • What are the entry requirements for this IPAF 3a and 3b course?

    It is important that you are in good health and physically fit. Also, you should not have any problems with:

    • Hearing or eyesight
    • Heart disease and high blood pressure
    • Fear of heights and Vertigo
  • Is the IPAF 3a and 3b training course accredited?

    This course is accredited by IPAF.

    You will qualify for a Powered Access License (PAL Card) if you successfully pass the course. This card will be valid for five years.

    You can access your PAL card via ePAL, which is IPAF’s free mobile phone app.

  • Can I book IPAF 3a 3b and 1b courses together as an in-house course?

    Depending on the number of delegates, you can book the IPAF 1b, 3a and 3b training as an in-house course at your site.

    You must provide the machinery and it has to meet IPAF site requirements. Speak to a member of our friendly team for more information.


Enquire to receive a quote for in-house training.

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