IPAF MEWP Training Courses

Candidate in a MEWP completing their IPAF boom/aerial platform training

IPAF’s comprehensive range of mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) training courses is detailed below. IPAF also has courses for mast climbing work platforms (MCWP) and hoists.

Find your nearest IPAF-approved Training Center

MEWP Operator Training

  • Course Length: From half a day up to three days (depending on machine category)
  • Theory eLearning available
  • PAL Card on completion

This training course instructs an operator to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs, also referred to as cherry pickers, aerial lifts or scissor lifts. Categories include Static Vertical (1a), Static Boom (1b), Mobile Vertical (3a), Mobile Boom (3b), Specialist Machines (SPECIAL).

The training course for Push Around Vertical (PAV) MEWPs takes half a day and Insulated Aerial device (IAD) MEWPs takes two days.

IPAF’s MEWP Operator Training is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.

Duration of the course is variable depending on the type of course, trainee experience, machine complexity, and the number of machine categories taken. One day is a minimum of seven hours.

PAL+ Advanced MEWP Operator Training

  • Course length: One day
  • Virtual Reality Simulator course available*
  • PAL Card on completion

PAL+ is an optional, additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. Machine categories available are 1b+, 3a+, 3b+.

*Approved training centres delivering IPAF’s PAL+ advanced Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator course now have the option of assessing candidates in a VR environment as an alternative to the standard assessment using real MEWPs and a specially constructed superstructure to operate around. Read more about VR PAL+.

MEWP Demonstrator Training

  • Course length: One day
  • PAL Card on completion

This course trains a demonstrator to familiarise operators with their responsibilities and to demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedures, and the limitations of MEWPs.

MEWP Instructor Training

  • Course length: Five days
  • PAL Card on completion

For people wishing to become an IPAF Instructor, employed by an IPAF Approved Training Centre or as an Independent Instructor delivering training through one or more training centers.This course trains and assesses an instructor to understand the delivery of the IPAF training program and assesses knowledge on machines and the ability to convey information to candidates.

Read more about the criteria to become an IPAF Instructor. For more information and to find a training course happening near you, please contact training@ipaf.org.

Harness Use and Inspection

  • Course length: Half a day
  • Certificate on completion

This course instructs a user to select, inspect and use a harness and associated equipment safely when using a MEWP.

Loading/Unloading MEWPs

  • Course length: One day
  • Certificate on completion

This course instructs an operator and/or driver in the correct safety procedures for the loading, unloading and securing of machinery prior to or following transportation by road.

MEWPs for Managers

MEWPs for Managers is the essential course for those who plan, supervise and manage the use of mobile elevating work platforms MEWPs in the workplace. Available as either eLearning or a full-day course at an IPAF training center.

MEWP Supervisor

  • North America only
  • ANSI-compliant course
  • Course length: Half a day
  • eLearning available
  • Certificate on completion

For those in North America, who plan, supervise and manage the use of mobile elevating work platforms MEWPs in the workplace. Available as either eLearning or a half-day course at an IPAF training center.

Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)

  • Course length: One to two days, dependant on experience
  • Certificate on completion

IPAF’s one-day pre-delivery inspection course enables trainees to perform PDIs of MEWPs in a structured and systematic way.

Competent Assessed Person (CAP) Certification

  • Course length: One day
  • CAP Card on completion

The IPAF Competent Assessed Person (CAP) program focuses on a crucial aspect of safety – that of the machine itself. It is an assessment of skill in the thorough examination of MEWPs.