Our IPAF harness training course combines IPAF’s Harness Awareness, Harness User and Harness Inspector courses into one full-day course. It is for those who work with MEWPs and choose, use and inspect safety harnesses and lanyards.

Aims and objectives

On passing this IPAF harness training course, you will:

  • Understand the relevant health and safety regulations, guidance and standards.
  • Be able to identify and select the correct form of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Know how to check, use, maintain and store a harness and lanyard.
  • Be able to fit and adjust a harness and lanyard.
  • Know how and when to inspect a MEWP harness and all its associated equipment.

Course duration

This IPAF harness training course takes one day to complete.

Candidate numbers

We can accommodate up to 10 candidates on a course.

Course structure

The course includes theory and practical training elements and takes place in the classrooms of our training centres. The course covers:

  • Our facilities and the course objectives
  • Completion of a health and fitness statement.
  • Harness legislation, standards and guidance.
  • The hierarchy of fall protection.
  • MEWPs and harness systems.
  • Harnesses, lanyards and fittings.
  • Inspections vs examinations.
  • Harness fitting and adjustment.
  • Anchor points.
  • Storage and maintenance.
  • Hazards and precautions.
  • Rescue requirements and options

The IPAF harness course has a written test that you will need to pass.  If you don’t pass the Harness Awareness part of your course, you will have to re-sit the course on another day.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate which will remain valid for five years from the date of passing the course. It is worth noting that a PAL Card will not be issued if you do not have an IPAF Operator, Demonstrator or Instructor licence.

Available grants

This course is eligible for CITB training grants. Find out more.

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