Personnel who will be responsible for the safe use of vertical lifts would benefit from attending the IPAF 1a Operator training course.
The IPAF category 1a training course is designed for anyone who uses narrow access vertical platforms. This accredited Ipaf training course is designed to enable operators to manoeuvre, drive and position the mewp (mobile elevated work platform) safely and proficiently.
The IPAF Operator training course consists of both theory and practical sessions which include:
- Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations
- Accident prevention and control
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Working at Height Regulations
- The safe manoeuvre and operation of machines
- Pre-use inspection
- Auxiliary and manual descent procedure
- The need to refer to the machine operating manual
After your morning session of the IPAF 1a training session, you will take a short theory test which, if you pass, will allow you to take the practical session in the afternoon. A practical assessment will follow, which, after successful completion will entitle you to an IPAF PAL card valid for five years. IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) is a non profit organisation dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. The candidate will then benefit from a powered access licence, also known as an operator pal card, detailing the Ipaf license categories.
Candidates are required to bring suitable PPE with them on this course:
- Hard hat
- Steel capped boots
- High visibility vest
- Safety gloves
No formal qualifications or experience is necessary, but it would be beneficial if delegates had a basic understanding of Working at Height Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
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.