Site and safety managers can use the PAL Card online verification tool to check if a card is genuine. A valid PAL Card is proof that the cardholder has been trained to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively.
Before using the tool, check that the PAL Card presented to you appears valid.
- On the front side, look for the cardholder's name and photograph.
- Check the expiry date and the machine categories the cardholder has been trained to operate.
- On the reverse side, look for the IPAF logo that is printed as a hologram at top left.
- Look for the cardholder's signature.
To use the verification tool, enter the licence number as shown on the card, e.g. "OP/1234567".
- You will see the date the cardholder was assessed and the expiry date. PAL Cards are valid for five years.
- You will also see the name and photo of the cardholder, as well as the machine categories he/she has been trained to operate (see categories poster on the right).
The PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) is recognised worldwide across industries as proof of platform operator training to the highest standard. PAL Card operator training is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.
If in doubt, call the IPAF hotline: +44 (0)15395 66700 or contact your nearest country office.