IPAF 3a Training Course | Training Plus
£195pp 1 day IPAF PAL Card

Course Summary

The IPAF category 3a training course is designed for anyone using, managing or supervising the use of scissor lifts.

The IPAF Operator training course consists of both theory and practical sessions which include:

  •     Understanding operational hazards
  •     Theoretical aspects of the mobile access work platform operation
  •     Understanding limitations of the machine application
  •     Benefits and procedures of pre-operational inspections
  •     Benefits and procedures of full function testing
  •     Identification and procedure of specific site hazards
  •     Understanding and applying the correct starting procedure
  •     Correctly positioning the machine in relation to the task
  •     The Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1974
  •     Mounting and dismounting the machine correctly
  •     Slewing and travelling correctly
  •     Using a safety harness
  •     Identifying the proximity of all hazards, both overhead and others
  •     Stowing tools and equipment safely onto platform
  •     Deploying stabilisers and levelling machine
  •     Raising and lowering the platform correctly
  •     Understanding limitations of machine application
  •     LOLER Regulations for MEWPS (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)
  •     Being aware and confident of the need for accident prevention and control, the responsibilities of all employees and employers, the relevant Health and Safety Regulations regarding MEWPS, safely moving a MEWP, the need for the machine operating manual and safe operational procedures

At the end of the IPAF category 3a training theory 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.

Who is it for?

Personnel who will be responsible for the safe use of powered access platforms or scissor lifts would benefit from attending the IPAF 3a Operator training course.

You will need

Candidates are required to bring suitable PPE with them on this course:

  • Hard hat
  • Steel capped boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Harness
  • Safety gloves
Your skill level

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 sales@trainingplus.com

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 3a Scissor Lift Training