Training in the use of work equipment is required by health and safety legislation and work at height regulations. Employers are obliged to train employees. The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified by TUV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms & Operator (driver) training.
More than 80,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of training centres. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.
IPAF itself does not provide training. IPAF Training is provided by approved training centres. As an approved training centre, we are regularly audited by IPAF. Class sizes are kept small, typically 4 to 6 delegates on Operator Courses. Courses generally last one day and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test.