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IPAF Operator - 3a

Course Details


IPAF Operator   (1/2 DAY - Prior Elearning must be completed before attending practical - choose morning or afternoon session) 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to minimise physical contact, IPAF has revised its rules for practical training following completion of the operator eLearning theory course.

IPAF’s operator eLearning training will incorporate facial recognition verification. This development ensures that a candidate’s identification can be verified throughout the course and in the completion of the test, negating the need for the candidate to complete the test at a training centre before starting their practical test.

As there is now no requirement for candidates to take their theory test at a training centre, this removes the need for training centres to provide any classroom provision for eLearning candidates.

Any candidate that starts the eLearning theory course from 8th June onwards will be provided with a receipt of completion which includes their photograph for verification purposes. Candidates should print out and bring this to the training centre when undertaking their practical test. If you have difficulty printing it out please contact us so we can assist.

During the practical session group exercises such as risk assessment will still be undertaken as a group but with social distancing measures in place.

Pre-use inspection training for candidates will require adaptation: candidates will be asked to inspect elements of the MEWP individually in rotation, to explain their learning to the instructor.

Also available as a full day course with instructor led theory, 


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.

Need training in a hurry?

You can book a course and make payment via our live online booking system 24/7 with immediate confirmation via email up to midnight the day before a course, if spaces are available. Check out what our customer feedback.  

Whatever your requirements we will be able to help you can contact us here or just give our training department a call on

0333 666 1881

Course Overview

Our IPAF Operator Course 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, 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
  • Course Evaluation

Those who successfully complete both the theory and practical sessions will receive a digital IPAF ePAL card valid for a period of 5 years.

PAL Cards via the new ePAL app

What is ePAL?

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IPAF’s ePAL app is your new digital wallet to store and share your IPAF powered access licences and qualifications, including the PAL Card for mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), mast climbing work platform (MCWP) and hoist operators. Competent Assessed Persons (CAP), MEWPs for Managers, Site Assessment (for MEWP Selection) all can be added. Easily record your operating experience on powered access machines through the digital logbook, giving you an overview of the time spent operating multiple machines. Have the latest powered access safety and best practice tips and advice in your pocket, and get access to your operator safety guide or site safety guide based on your linked licences.

What are the benefits?
ePAL is highly convenient for operators and their employers – licences, qualifications and practical experience are easily shared from the operator’s phone giving peace-of-mind in light of safety and security. Digital PAL Cards are also fraud smart and benefit from the extra security provided by a mobile phone’s log-in measures. ePAL provides operators with access to the latest in safety information and best practice to help them be safer in their workplace.


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.

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

IPAF Training Courses - IPAF Operator - 3a Course Dates

Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Fri 27/05/22
Start Time:
08.00 (Induction 07.45)
End Time:
London/Essex 1 Practical Session - Elearning to be completed before arrival, please call for details 0333 666 1881 £210.00 Book