The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. More than 150,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of training centres. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.
IPAF itself does not provide training. Training is provided by approved training centres, mostly manufacturer and rental members of IPAF. Approved training centres set the course fees independently for training provided. They are regularly audited by IPAF. Class sizes are kept small. Courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test. Course material is available in many languages and training centres receive regular updates.
eLearning Module for Operators
IPAF's enhanced eLearning module is part of its full training programme for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The eLearning module delivers flexibility and interactive tools, with the same emphasis on practical training.
Together with supervised written and practical testing of operator skills, the eLearning module can lead to a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) which proves that the operator has successfully completed the training and is able to operate MEWPs safely.
- Trainees complete the theory part anytime, anywhere, on any device, at their own pace
- Engages trainees with games, quizzes, videos and simulations
Operator eLearning does not replace practical training. Trainees who complete the online session must still pass a supervised theory test at an IPAF-approved training centre and must successfully complete a minimum half-day of practical training and testing before being issued a PAL Card as proof of successfully completed operator training.
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