Course Details

Book On The Course


The PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) is recognised worldwide across industries as proof of platform operator training to the highest standard.

It is issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to platform operators who successfully complete a training course at an IPAF-approved training centre.

The PAL Card is valid for five years. It shows the date on which the holder was assessed and the expiry date by which re-training would be needed.

  • It shows the types of equipment that the holder has been trained to operate. In the case of this particular course we are conducting a 3A Scissor lift and 3B Boom type machine training.
  • It shows the level to which the holder has been trained, e.g. operator, demonstrator and instructor.

These courses are regularly audited by IPAF. Class sizes are kept deliberately small (1:6 instructor/delegate Ratio). Courses generally last one to two days depending on the number of categories being trained and the experience of the trainee and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written exam and a practical test.


On this International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) operator training course you will learn how to safely select, check and operate your choice of category of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms This course covers the 3A (scissor lift) and 3B (self-propelled boom) categories.

  • Introduction
  • Pre-theory test
  • Legislations, regulations
  • Standards and best practice
  • MEWP categories explained
  • MEWP Structural parts identified and explained
  • Pre-use inspection requirements
  • Safe operating methods and hazards to be observed
  • Post-theory test PASS / FAIL
  • Practical training session on selected categories
  • Practical assessment on selected categories PASS / FAIL
  • Delegate feedback, log books & Licence renewal

Who Should Attend

The IPAF Operator course is designed for all who are looking to use, or are responsible IE supervise or managers for the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.

Course Summary

  • Course Duration: 1 – 3 Days, Min 7hrs tuition per day
  • Open course price: please call
  • Training Course Price: Call our team for a competitive quotation
  • Maximum Instructor/Delegate Ratio: 1:4 or 2:8
  • Course Schedule: Classroom & Practical Training and Assessment
  • MEWP Type: 3a – Mobile Vertical (Scissor lift) 3b – Mobile Boom (Cherry Picker)
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Accreditation: IPAF (international Powered Access Federation)
  • Assessment: Multiple Choice Test Paper and Practical Skills Assessment
  • Certification: Each successful delegate will receive an IPAF Certificate of Training and IPAF PAL Photo ID Card (valid for 5 years)