IPAF Launches Construction Hoist Installer & Advanced Installer Training Courses

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The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announces the launch of its new Construction Hoist (CH) Installer and Advanced Installer Training Courses. These courses are designed to equip operatives with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely install, maintain, examine, and dismantle construction hoists, adhering to legal obligations and industry best practices. 

Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of a minimum of six months of supervised experience as a Hoist Installer. Throughout the course, operatives will learn:  

  • How to confidently and safely install, maintain, examine, and dismantle any type of construction hoist in line with legal obligations. 
  • An understanding of safe systems of work (SSoW), including risk assessments and method statements. 
  • In-depth technical theory and supervised on-site practice for installation and dismantling of hoists. 

There are three sub-categories of construction hoists (CH): 

  • Transport Platform Hoists (TPH): Designed to carry both people and work materials. 
  • Goods Hoists (GH): Designed to carry only work materials. 
  • Passenger Hoists (PH): Designed to carry both people and work materials. 

The Installer Course is a minimum of five days, while the Advanced Installer Course is a minimum of three days. Candidates are required to have at least twelve months of experience between completing the Installer and Advanced Installer courses. The duration of each course is tailored to individual experience and needs, offering flexibility to fit training around work commitments. 

Successful candidates will receive a digital certificate via the IPAF ePAL app. Both the Installer and Advanced Installer certificates are valid for five years. 

Angel Ibañez, IPAF’s Manager for MCWP & Related Products who devised the course curriculum, said: “IPAF created this course with input from a committee of esteemed industry experts to provide a framework of training which draws upon the latest developments, safety guidance, and legislation.” 

Steve McEwan, SHEQ & Training Director, BFT Mastclimbing & member of IPAF’s CH Working Group, added: “The courses will allow you to gain the expertise needed to install and maintain hoists with precision and safety. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to expand your skill set or just starting out in the industry, these courses equip you with the knowledge and practical know-how to excel in the field and raise the standards of excellence in hoist installation.” 


If you would like to book any of these courses, contact your nearest participating IPAF Approved Training Centre or IPAF Approved Premises. Use our training centre locator at: www.ipaf.org/training

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