IPAF Training

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training programme is globally recognised, developed by leading industry professionals and available in multiple languages across a worldwide network of more than 900 IPAF-approved training centres.

The comprehensive range of classroom and eLearning courses covers mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) including boom, scissor, 1b, 3a and 3b categories of machines, mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) and construction hoists. Courses are aimed at operators, service technicians, delivery drivers, managers/supervisors, demonstrators, installers and instructors.

IPAF training courses help you keep your employees safe and you stay legal.

IPAF MEWP training courses IPAF MCWP training courses IPAF hoist training courses

Where can I train?

IPAF itself does not provide training. Training is provided by over 900 IPAF-approved training centres in 60 countries and regions. Each training centre is regularly audited by IPAF to ensure the highest standard of training is delivered. IPAF’s MEWP operator course allows you to undertake the theory element of your training either as eLearning or in the classroom prior to your practical training and test. IPAF’s MEWPs for Managers course can be completed either in the classroom or by eLearning. Ask your IPAF-approved training centre for eLearning options when booking.

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What is eLearning?

IPAF's eLearning provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience for the mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) operatorMEWPs for Managers and MEWP Supervisor (North America only) training courses. It provides the same high-quality theory training as in the classroom and can be completed on a range of devices anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.

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How long does IPAF training take?

Depending on the training, courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory (unless eLearning has been completed beforehand) and practical with a written and a practical test. See the individual courses for more details.

Do I get a PAL Card?

The majority of IPAF MEWP, MCWP and Construction Hoist courses, if passed, will qualify you for a Powered Access Licence (PAL Card), which is globally recognised and proof that you have been trained to the highest standard. Your PAL Card lasts for five years (dependent on your country/regions regulations).

All PAL Cards are issued digitally and accessed via ePAL, IPAF’s free mobile phone app. (Printed PAL Cards are available if required.)