PAL (Powered Access Licence) Photo ID Card
A mix of theory and practical training, this course is designed to enable operators to manoeuvre, drive and position the MEWPs safely and proficiently.
Course content is as follows:
- Awareness of different types of MEWPs
- Safe operation of MEWPs and limitations of use
- Pre-use checks, inspection and function tests
- Planning the route before operating the MEWP
- Travelling the route and manoeuvring the MEWP
- Setting up the MEWP for work
- Basic operational practice
- Achievement testing
- Selection and use of fall arrest equipment
- Log book issue
- Course review and close
By the end of the course, the delegate will:
- Be fully aware of the relevant Health & Safety regulations and accident prevention and control
- Be fully aware of the needs regarding personal protection equipment
- Be able to manoeuvre the machine as required and drive the machine proficiently and safely
- Be able to correctly position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner
On successful completion, delegates will receive a PAL (Powered Access Licence) photo ID card giving instant recognition of identity and the categories accredited. The card is valid for 5 years, after which the delegate would need to be re-assessed.
Who is it for?
If you need to work at height and use access equipment (MEWPs):
IPAF believes that you should receive basic training in addition to your main job, e.g. electrician, painter, decorator, cleaner, you will acquire a new skills. Platforms are designed to be easy to use and offer a safe way to work at height, but with basic training you will use the equipment more effectively and safely.
If you are an employer:
You can be sure that legal requirements have been fulfilled if your platform operators have the PAL card. Most legislation, covering Health & Safety obligations, accident prevention and work at height regulations, requires you to provide employees with proper and adequate training in the use of work equipment. IPAF training to the highest standard means that your platform operators will also work more efficiently and productively.
You will need
Candidates will be required to bring suitable PPE with them for this course.
- Hard hat
- Steel toe capped boots
- High vis vest
- Safety gloves
Your skill level
Applicants should be at least 16 years old and physically fit.
It is desirable (but not mandatory) that applicants should be literate.
It is desirable (but not mandatory) that applicants have had driving experience as an indication of dexterity.
Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?
Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.
Who is the Accrediting Body?
IPAF – International Powered Access Federation.
IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) is a non profit organisation dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide.
What is a PAL card?
IPAF’s PAL Card (Powered Access License) is the proof provided to all persons who successfully complete training and testing on an IPAF machine-based course.
How do I a category to my IPAF Card?
If operators want to add a category to their PAL Card, they need to successfully complete the IPAF approved Theory Test Paper. In addition to this, they must achieve the required standard when operating each of the machine categories that they wish to add on to their PAL Card.
If demonstrators want to add a category to their PAL Card, they must do the operator theory test and practical test on that category, then do the demonstrator course
Can IPAF training be done on site?
Yes, provided that there are suitable facilities and equipment. Please discuss with the TrainingPlus team if this is required – 0845 8723411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who keeps the card + certificate?
IPAF suggests that the operator should have the issued card on his/her person at all times when working with MEWPs and the employer should keep the certificate.
Can candidates who have never used a MEWP participate in the operator course?
Yes, however, this may affect the length of the course and/or the candidates’ likelihood of passing.
IPAF 1a & 1b