This category covers:
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Self Propelled Booms
  • Tracked Boom Lifts
  • Truck Mounted Platforms
  • Van Mounted Platforms
Scissor Lifts Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)
Self Propelled Booms
Tracked Boom Lifts
Truck Mounted Platforms
Van Mounted Platforms

IPAF MEWP Operator training is for anyone working at height using MEWPs. It teaches how to manage risk and stay safe while also making sure you work to the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It is ideal for operators and also essential for those wishing to take other courses such as the IPAF Demonstrator and IPAF Load and Unload.

The course covers the following categories, and you are able to choose any of the three:

  • 1b Static Boom: Vehicle-mounted platforms, trailers and push-arounds as well as self-propelled booms (outriggers).
  • 3a Mobile Vertical: Scissor lifts as well as vertical personnel platforms (mobile).
  • 3b Mobile Boom: Self-propelled booms.

Note: This is a practical session. You must pass your IPAF eLearning theory to be able to take this course.

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Aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to learn how to safely work at height using a MEWP and also to obtain your IPAF MEWP operator licence (PAL Card). Once you have passed both the theory and practical, you will:

  • Understand the relevant health and safety regulations.
  • Be aware of accident prevention and control measures.
  • Know the requirements for personal protective equipment.
  • Understand the importance of the machine operating manual.
  • Be able to drive and then manoeuvre MEWPs safely into position to work.

Course duration

How long your practical session takes depends on the number of machine categories you choose as well as your level of experience.

Course structure

This is a practical session only. IPAF MEWP Operator training includes both theory and practical elements. Therefore, you must complete your theory online first via IPAF’s eLearning program. It will take around three hours and you complete it in your own time. You can stop and restart as you need. See here for details or to register.

The practical session is available at our training centres in Newcastle and Huntingdon. It covers:

  • An introduction to MEWPs as well as their components.
  • Pre-use checks as well as inspections.
  • Starting and then stopping the MEWP.
  • Road travel and also how to plan your route.
  • Driving as well as manoeuvring the platform.
  • How to set the machine up for work.
  • Work applications.

The session ends with a practical assessment, which you need to pass to receive your certification. Therefore, if you fail, you will have to resit the course another day.

Course outcomes

You will receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), safety guide and logbook as well as your certificate. The PAL Card is valid for five years.

Available grants

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

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