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More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 600 training centres.

You can attend courses at a dedicated training centre, or for your convenience, we can arrange training days at your own facilities. The full list of available IPAF’s Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) courses are listed below.

Operator Training - 1a, 1b, 3a, 3b

Learn how to safely and efficiently drive/position, set up, and elevate access platforms. You can undertake it on scissor lifts, booms, trailers and vehicle mounted platforms.

1a and 1b are for what IPAF terms “static” booms and scissor lifts – machines that deploy outriggers, so cannot be driven when elevated.

3a and 3b courses are for self-propelled equipment, which can be driven whilst elevated. Typically these are scissor, booms, mast lifts and cherry pickers.

  • Static Vertical (1a, 1a+)
  • Static Boom (1b, 1b+)
  • Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+)
  • Mobile Boom (3b, 3b+)

Push Around Vertical (PAV) Training

Specifically for operators of what IPAF terms “push around vertical”  – including micro-scissors and low-level access platforms. Trainees learn how to safely and competently manoeuvre, set up and operate the equipment.

PAL+ Training

Only available to operators who already hold a PAL card. The PAL+ is the highest level of IPAF operator training and is designed for operators working in higher risk and more challenging environments like steel erection, working on challenging terrain or confined overhead spaces. Like the standard operator training, it is certified to international standard ISO 18878.

MEWPS for Managers (MM) Training

Designed specifially to teach supervisors and managers on how to plan and safely co-ordinate the operation of any type of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). This one-day course covers health and safety regulation awareness; guidance on accident prevention; and protection of peronnel.

MEWP Harness Use & Inspection (H) Training

This course covers the correct condition and fitting of harnesses, and focus' on the appropriate protection and safety equipment for a range of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPS) – and can be tailored to your specific equipment.


Download our Operator Training brochure to learn more.

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