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IPAF Training Courses

If you are new to powered access, this page offers some useful starting points and background information.

Powered access refers to equipment that is designed to lift personnel, tools and materials to work safely at height. The most common types of powered access equipment are Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs.

Powered access is the safest way to carry out temporary work at height. Operators and supervisors should always be properly trained and use the right equipment for the job.

MEWPs are also sometimes referred to as aerial work platforms, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, booms, etc and are categorised by type as follows:

  • Static Vertical (1a)
    Vertical personnel platforms (static)
  • Static Boom (1b, 1b+)
    Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms
  • Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+)
    Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)
  • Mobile Boom (3b, 3b+)
    Self-propelled booms
  • Push Around Vertical (PAV)
    Push around verticals

MEWP Categories

The "+" symbol means that the operator has successfully completed the PAL+ course, which covers additional practical training and testing on the machine category indicated. The operator has successfully demonstrated his/her ability to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively in challenging work environments.


To ensure the safe use of powered access equipment, all operators should be properly trained.Theory and practical based training teach operators and supervisors about their legal responsibilities and that of their employers, as well as how to safely operate a MEWP. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) which is accepted around the world as proof of safety and competency when operating the relevant powered access equipment.


There is a wide range of resources about powered access and working at height available to operators, managers and safety professionals. The IPAF Resource Library contains a range of guidance and practical advice on the safe use of MEWPs and MCWPs. Guidance on Buying a Pre-Owned MEWP. Most of this information is freely available to download or order printed versions. The FAQ section of this website covers a range of common questions about powered access and working at height.

Along with the categories detailed in the section above we also offer of standalone IPAF training courses that cover a specific areas or job roles within the powered access area, including:

  • Use of Harnesses and Harness Inspection (H)
  • MEWP’s for Managers (MM)
  •  ***Newly available***
  • MEWP’s for Managers (MM) elearning 
  • Loading and Unloading (LOAD)

International Recognition

Recognition of the IPAF qualification provided by Kingfisher Access is second to none - our IPAF training courses are certified by TUV as conforming with ISO 18878 : 2004


A Powered Access Licence Card issued by us,  carries all the key facts people need to know. It states who the person is and what equipment they are trained to operate.

Details listed on the card include:

  • When and where they were trained
  • Categories of equipment licence is valid for
  • Photograph and signature of holder to ensure validity
  • When they should be retrained

The IPAF PAL Log Book

It shows experience as well as competence:

  • The machine and model involved
  • The date and description of the actual work involved
  • Any reportable accidents or incidents
  • Who the work was carried out for and where it took place
  • How to get in touch with them if the need arises

A track record like this ensures that good operators are in demand more than ever - and that responsible companies find it easier to comply with legislation.

Individuals who will be working with powered access equipment after this time will need to refresh their IPAF training to receive new IPAF certification by undertaking another IPAF course relevant to their job role.

IPAF course costs vary based on the course in question and the categories covered with group discounts available 

As an IPAF accredited Training Centre, the standards we set are accepted everywhere. When an operator has been trained through us, the Powered Access Licence he receives carries real weight. Our IPAF qualified instructors are people who know how to get the best out of each machine safely.

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Kingfisher Access' training course content, instructors and training premises have been subjected to a rigorous assessment to ensure compliance with IPAF standards. Furthermore, we are subject to an ongoing audit regime conducted by IPAF Auditors to ensure that we continue to meet the high standards demanded by IPAF.

Our IPAF operator and harness training courses include the option of purchasing a harness safety kit at a discounted price when booking the course. This ensures each operator has the correct harness and lanyard to keep them safe when they return to work with their new skills.

Why not ask about our additional discounts available for the IPAF Harness User and Inspection course when booking your operator course! 

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IPAF harness training courses are available as regularly scheduled Open Courses making it easy to plan and book your training at any of our London, Essex or West Midlands training centres.

We offer a 50% discount on IPAF Harness User and Inspection course, when registering together with your IPAF Operator training, check here for dates or give us a call for availability and activate the offer.

For our other offers check here 


We also offer a range of other courses that you may be interested in here

For any other information please contact us 

or call or friendly team on 

0333 666 1881