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IPAF Operator Course

Course Details

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training programme is globally recognised, developed by leading industry professionals and available in multiple languages.

The comprehensive range of classroom and eLearning courses covers mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) including boom, scissor, 1b, 3a and 3b categories of machines, mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) and construction hoists. Courses are aimed at operators, service technicians, delivery drivers, managers/supervisors, demonstrators, installers and instructors.

IPAF training courses help you keep your employees safe and you stay legal.


IPAF itself does not provide training. Training Our training centres are regularly audited by IPAF to ensure the highest standard of training is delivered. IPAF’s MEWP operator course allows you to undertake the theory element of your training either as eLearning or in the classroom prior to your practical training and test. IPAF’s latest MEWPs for Managers course can be completed either in the classroom or by eLearning. Ask about our  eLearning options when booking.


IPAF's eLearning provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience for the mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) operatorMEWPs for Managers and MEWP Supervisor (North America only) training courses. It provides the same high-quality theory training as in the classroom and can be completed on a range of devices anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.



Depending on the training, courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory (unless eLearning has been completed beforehand) and practical with a written and a practical test. See the MEWPMCWP and Construction Hoist courses page for more details.


The majority of IPAF MEWPMCWP and Construction Hoist courses, if passed, will qualify you for a Powered Access Licence (PAL Card), which is globally recognised and proof that you have been trained to the highest standard. Your PAL Card lasts for five years (dependent on your country/regions regulations).

Since June 2021, all UK & Ireland PAL Cards are issued digitally and accessed via ePAL, IPAF’s free mobile phone app. (Printed PAL Cards are still available if required.)

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

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