IPAF 3b Boom Training Course | Training Plus
1 day IPAF PAL Card

Course Summary

The IPAF category 3b training course is designed for personnel who manage, supervise or use powered access cherry pickers.

The IPAF boom training course consists of both theory and practical instruction including

  •     Understanding and identifying operational hazards
  •     Benefits, procedure and requirements of pre-operational inspection
  •     Benefits of full function testing
  •     Site hazard identification and procedure
  •     Understanding machine limitations
  •     Understanding and applying correct starting procedure
  •     Identifying all hazards over head and others
  •     Travelling machine with platform in the correct position
  •     Positioning the machine correctly in relation to the task
  •     Deploying stabilisers and levelling machine
  •     Stowing tools and travelling correctly
  •     Health and Safety at Work 1974
  •     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 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 are responsible for the safe use of powered access platforms and cherry pickers should attend the IPAF 3b training course.

You will need
  •     Hard hat
  •     Steel capped boots
  •     Safety Harness
  •     High visibility vest
Your skill level

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary to take this IPAF course, but it would be beneficial if delegates had a basic understanding of Working at Height Regulations and 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.