IPAF Operator Training (Classroom)
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training program is globally recognised. It promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. An IPAF PAL card is recognised by the HSE, CITB, HAE and the Major Contractors Group (MCG). It also satisfies the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the PUWER regulations 1998.
Our IPAF Operator courses instruct how to prepare and safely use various types of access platforms, including scissors and boom lifts. You will be trained in the correct operation of the equipment, and how to carry out pre-inspection and emergency descent operations. As well as being given an understanding of employers and employees responsibilities.
Different types of MEWP and their description and other courses available
Stabilising, levelling, chassis drive options, turntable, boom/scissor pack and MEWP selection.
Pre-use inspection/ handovers
Thorough examinations; familiarisation; pre-use inspection; identify safety items & controls; defects & emergency descent.
Safe operating methods and hazards
Travelling to the workplace; positioning/terrain; safe working load (SWL); weather; electrical hazards; harness statement; do’s and don’ts and parking.
Each candidate must take a written test. The Instructor provides and explanation of pass requirements including stipulation that should a candidate fail they will be required to re-sit the course on another day. Instructors can choose to use either Operator Theory Test A or B.
- Introduction to the machine – walk around and familiarisation with the MEWP
- Major components – identification of each component and its function
- Pre-use checks and inspections – carry out all the required checks/inspections on the following items; tyres, main frame, turntable, fluid levels, hoses, electrical cables, booms, cage, brakes, steering, lights, travel, controls, (lower/upper), pins/retaining bolts and decals, and any additional points from the machine operations manual.
- Starting/stopping the machine – correct starting and shut down procedure
- Pre-use function checks – conduct a full function check of the machine and carry out full emergency lowering procedure
- Checks prior to road travel – for example: power take off (PTO) disengaged, booms retracted, stabilisers retracted, machine secure, e. g. no loose objects.
- Planning the route – gradients, access, overhead obstructions, and ground conditions.
- Travelling the route and manoeuvring the machine (where applicable) – ensures the route is clear, use of assistant to signal, etc., practice close manoeuvring and observe correct driving practices (tail swing, etc.).
- Setting the machine for work – practice setting up, barrier off requirements, road requirements, stabiliser set-up and carry out stabiliser deployment checks.
- Basic operational practice – carry out operational functions at 75% of the operating envelope so far as is reasonably practical, observe all safety practices.
- Typical work applications – carry out practice applications observing all safety practices
- Parking the machine – ensure that the machine is correctly parked, engine stopped, brakes applied, keys removed and clearance of all obstacles. Correct refuelling procedures, diesel, LPG. Battery checks, charging and safety precautions.
Individual verbal questions from the operator verbal question paper and practical test based on the use of the MEWP Operator Practical Test Plan with explanation of pass requirements. Should a candidate fail the practical assessment they will be required to re-sit the course on another day.
Use of IPAF log books (over five years the log book should have at least 60 entries, with at least 10 in the last year).
The Powered Access License card (PAL), that is given upon passing the course, is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Major Contractors Group (MCG) and is valid for 5 years.
The course is recognised by CITB and HAE and satisfies the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
|Course Duration:||Full Day|
|Course Type:||Classroom/Practical Session|
|Maximum Class Size:†||6 Delegates|
|Course Start Time:‡||8:00am|
|Course Finish Time:§||4:30pm|
† If doing more than 1 category then the maximum class size reduces to 4
‡ Delegates must arrive 15 minutes prior to course start time for registration.
§ Finish time is approximate and may be longer dependent on competency of delegates.
CERTIFICATION – Please note that all IPAF cards are issued via an app and called EPAL, if you require a hard copy then an additional £10 will be charged on day of training.
Delegates should be physically fit and able to bring along safety shoes, hard hat and gloves for the practical part of the training. A full body safety harness with adjustable restraint lanyard and proof of inspection within the last 12 months must be brought with the delegate on the day of training for 1b and 3b categories.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day on all courses at all of our training centres. Please note that lunch is not provided.
Courses cancelled less than 7 days prior to the course date but exceeding 48 working hours will incur a 50% charge. Courses cancelled less than 48 working hours before the course date will incur full payment. Premier Platforms, reserves the right to cancel a training course at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Should a course be cancelled alternative dates will be offered or a full refund given.
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Telephone: 01543 271443 (Option 4)
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