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IPAF - Operator Course 3a/3b/1b

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IPAF Operator - 3a /3b /1b

Training generally lasts one day for experienced operators, novices may require additional training and is a mixture of theory and practice. 

Training is available at one of our training venues or on client premises - provided you have suitable facilities and number of delegates.

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Our IPAF Operator Courses deliver a minimum of 7 hours of instruction and is designed to provide training to prepare and safely operate MEWP’s the workplace. 

Courses held at our Essex training centre include your IPAF registration fee, and all handouts. In addition, we provide free hot and cold drinks, a quality lunch and free parking.

You will need to bring suitable PPE including safety footwear, a hard hat and a hi-visibility vest or coat. You should wear suitable clothing; some training may take place outside.

Where harnesses are necessary (normally with any boom-type machine) we can either lend you one on the day, or you can purchase one at a discounted rate, contact the training department for details

0333 666 1881

Successful delegates will gain understanding of current relevant legislation and regulations, accident prevention & control, needs regarding personnel protection, pre-use inspection,  the need to refer to machine operating manuals and the driving/manoeuvring of MEWPs safely in order to position and carry out the required tasks in line with approved methods and the manufacturer's instructions.

This course consists of an instructor led training room presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.


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

The course agenda includes:

  • Introduction to IPAF and MEWPs
  • Pre-theory test
  • Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Best Practice
  • MEWP categories explained
  • Structural parts identified
  • Pre-use inspection/handover requirements
  • Safe operating methods and hazards to be observed
  • Post-theory test (open book)
  • Practical training on selected categories
  • Practical assessment on selected categories
  • Issuing of IPAF Operator's Logbook
  • Course Evaluation and Log Book Completion

Those who successfully complete both the theory and practical sessions will receive a photographic IPAF PAL card and A4 Certificate that is valid for a period of 5 years.

Combining your PAL card with existing categories

Those who have already successfully completed an IPAF Operator Course may have other operator categories or the IPAF Harness user and Inspection category (H) added to the PAL Card. Please speak directly to the training department to discuss this option.

This course is a prerequisite for the IPAF Demonstrator course

Delegates should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights, vertigo, giddiness, difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.

Delegates must be able to read and understand safety notices, course literature, test questions and answers, manufacturer’s technical literature and follow verbal instructions. 

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension or have any doubts about your fitness to use an MEWP, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures, to take account of any difficulties you may have. We may be able to arrange for a translator to be available to you during your training by prior arrangement, please ask for details if you feel you may require this level of assistance.

We also offer test papers in a range of languages, please ask your instructor for details.


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.

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

For any other information please contact us 

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IPAF Training Courses - IPAF Operator - 3a/3b/1b Course Dates

Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Wed 25/05/22
Start Time:
08.00 (Induction 07.45)
End Time:
London/Essex 0 Full day - Refreshments included, please bring your own lunch £260.00 Call to book.
Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Mon 16/01/23
Start Time:
08:00 ( Induction 7:45)
End Time:
London/Essex 1 1b Static Boom, 3a Mobile Vertical and 3b Mobile Boom Elearning to be Completed prior to attending £315.00 Book
Tue 17/01/23
Start Time:
08:00 ( Induction 7:45)
End Time:
London/Essex 1 1b Static Boom, 3a Mobile Vertical and 3b Mobile Boom Elearning to be Completed prior to attending £315.00 Book
Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Wed 22/02/23
Start Time:
08:00 ( Induction 7:45)
End Time:
London/Essex 1 1b Static Boom, 3a Mobile Vertical and 3b Mobile Boom Elearning to be Completed prior to attending £315.00 Book