IPAF mast climbing work platform (MCWP) training courses

Operate legally, safely and efficiently


Companies that use Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) and Construction Hoists (CHs) need to know what their management and legal responsibilities are and how to ensure best use of equipment. This course covers what managers need to know for safe and effective use of MCWPs and CHs onsite, including planning the job, conducting a risk assessment, selecting machines and the right equipment for optimum cost-efficiency, and mitigating all possible risks. 

The course is given by an IPAF Instructor as a theoretical presentation at an IPAF-approved training centre. Various practical scenarios are discussed, enabling candidates to understand how to approach worksite projects using best practice.

Candidates will explore the following questions:

  • Do you know what your legal obligations are?
  • Have you selected the right machine for the job?
  • Who is operating MCWPs & CHs on your site and have they been trained and familiarised?
  • Have you considered the potential hazards and taken preventive measures?

This course will help candidates answer these questions and prepare them to safely and effectively manage MCWPs and CHs onsite.


Employers, project managers, foremen and supervisors working in industries such as construction and facilities management, who are responsible for planning and overseeing the use of MCWPs or CHs.


This course is about planning, supervising and managing the use of MCWPs and CHs, not about operating equipment. At the end of the course candidates must take a theory test and upon passing receive an IPAF certifi cate. Candidates who already hold a valid Powered Access Licence (PAL Card) for operating equipment will have the MCWPs & CHs for Managers (MHM) category added to their PAL Card.

To book this course, contact your nearest IPAF-approved training centre.