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Tried and Trusted IPAF Operator Training Courses (1b)

Course Details


Static Boom - Category 1b MEWPOn this International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) operator training course you will learn how to safely select, check and operate category 1b Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (see our article on IPAF categories here).

If you are unsure that this is the right category for you, please call us on 0333 666 1881.

Training is available for different categories of MEWP, and it is possible to combine multiple categories into a single course (subject to the rules of the IPAF training scheme). See ‘How many per course’ below.

Who should attend?

The IPAF Operator 1B training course is for you if you use, supervise or manage the use of category 1b Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.

How many per course?

Single category – Maximum 6 candidates per instructor

Two categories – Maximum 4 candidates per instructor

Regulations & guidance

MEWP categories

Structural parts

Pre-use inspection & familiarisation

Safe operating methods and hazards

Theory test

Practical training & assessment

1-2 days training (depending on experience), with a minimum of 7 hours tuition (per day).

Although it is not a condition of entry to have any prior knowledge, experience or qualifications, we strongly recommend that if you are an inexperienced or novice operator, you should book a two day course to ensure that you can gain adequate practical experience before your assessment.

Courses held at our training centres include your IPAF registration fee, and all handouts. In addition, you will receive free hot and cold drinks, a quality lunch and free parking.

Smart IPAF PAL CardWhen you've passed your theory test and practical assessment(s), you will receive a certificate of training, a ‘smart’ photo-ID card (both valid for 5 years), and a log book to keep a record of your operating experience.

You will need to bring suitable PPE including safety footwear, a hard hat and a hi-visibility vest or coat. You should also bring warm clothing in cold weather.

IPAF safety harness kit comprising, safety harness and restraint lanyard recommended and approved by the HSE and IPAF, safety glasses with neck cord and storage pouch, safety helmet and chin strap, hi-vis waistcoat and a useful storage rucksack.You will need a harness and adjustable lanyard to operate this category of MEWP. We can either lend you one on the day, or you can buy one as part of the MEWP Operators Safety Set.

If you opt to include our MEWP Operator's Safety Set when you book your course, the set will cost just £59.95 + VAT each, for equipment that is valued at £85.

Your MEWP Operator Safety Set) will be supplied with  the following items:

  • Kingfisher Access Rucksack
  • Full Body Safety Harness
  • 1.8m Adjustable Restraint Lanyard

Click here for full details of the MEWP Operator Safety Kit...

PLEASE NOTE: You may be refused entry onto the course practical if you do not have the appropriate PPE

This course is run in English. If you are attending this course you must be able to read and understand safety notices, course literature, test questions and answers, verbal instructions and manufacturer’s instruction manuals.

You should also be reasonably fit and in good health, with no uncorrected issues that are likely to endanger or hinder yourself, or anyone else at the training venue.


We provide our extensive IPAF operator training courses in our London, West Midlands and Essex training centres. Alternatively, we can provide off-site training at your premises, so contact us today to discuss your specific training requirements. 


IPAF - IPAF - Operator Course 1b only Course Dates

Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Wed 26/06/19
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London/Essex 6 £155.00 Book