Safe Loading & Unloading Training Course

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About the course

Loading, transportation, and unloading of plant machinery are vital logistical activities across many industries including powered access and construction. However, analysis of accident data reveals this activity is one of the leading causes of accidents and injuries. The course examines how these accidents occur and critically, how to prevent them to ensure safe and effective best practice.

The course incorporates a highly interactive theory module with a test, and a practical module with assessment of candidates’ hands-on skills.

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Upon successful completion of the theory test and practical assessment, candidates receive an IPAF certificate. Those who hold a valid Powered Access Licence (PAL Card) can have LOAD or LOAD+ added to their card – accessed via the IPAF ePAL app.


Anyone who will be loading or unloading heavy plant machinery including MEWPS, dumpers, excavators, telehandlers etc. Candidates must hold a current PAL Card or operator licence.


One to two days for vehicles up to and including 7.5 tonnes. One to three days for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes.


  • To safely load, unload, and secure plant machinery onto a suitable vehicle using appropriate equipment ready for transportation on a public highway
  • What the legal requirements are and how to work in accordance to these
  • To identify associated hazards and apply effective control measures to prevent accidents


Tailor your practical training to the vehicle size you need to use:

  • LOAD (for vehicles up to and including 7,500kg) or
  • LOAD+ (for vehicles over 7,500kg)

Load categories

For the LOAD practical training module and assessment, candidates will learn to load, secure, and unload a minimum of one plant machine, with a winch being optional.

For the LOAD+ practical module and assessment, candidates will learn to load and unload a minimum of two plant machines. One is unloaded and the remaining is moved, to ensure load distribution does not exceed any axle. This is then secured for transport, and later unloaded. A winch is mandatory.

Nationwide Platforms welcomes and fully supports the introduction of Load+ and we are looking forward to our industry reaping the benefi ts by increasing safety during the load and unload process for all.

Alana Paterson, Head of HSE, Nationwide Platforms

For more information or to book this course, please contact an IPAF-approved training centre