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IPAF Training - Overview


IPAF courses promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment and are accredited by The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). UTN are one of the UK’s leading approved IPAF training providers, operating nationwide from an extensive network of training centres, we can deliver an IPAF course to suit your training needs.

The comprehensive range of classroom and E-Learning courses covers mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), including boom lifts, scissor lifts, IPAF 1b, 3a and 3b categories of machines, mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) and construction hoists. Successful delegates will receive the relevant IPAF Card/IPAF Certification.



About IPAF Training

All IPAF courses are accredited by The International Powered Access Federation to promote the safe and effective use of MEWPS. The IPAF training programme for platform operators conforms to ISO 18878, and is aimed at individuals using powered access equipment in a work environment. 

Courses are aimed at operators, service technicians, delivery drivers, managers/supervisors, demonstrators, installers and instructors. Successful delegates will receive the PAL (Powered Access Licence) Card, sometimes called the IPAF Card. This is valid for five years.

When booking IPAF training courses, it is essential you refer to the official IPAF guidance document – IPAF Health & Fitness Statement.


What is IPAF?

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information, influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.


IPAF Training Courses - Overview

Operator Training - 1a 1b 3a 3b

A mix of theory and practical training, this course is designed to enable operators to manoeuvre, drive and position the machine safely and proficiently. It can be undertaken on scissor lifts, booms, or truck-mounted platforms.

Learn more about IPAF Operator 2 Subjects 3a 3b course with our helpful video.
IPAF Operator 2 Subjects


IPAF Triple 1b 3a 3b Operator 

IPAF operator mobile vertical and mobile boom operator training , IPAF 3a 3b & 1b Training Course.

IPAF Triple


IPAF Operator 2 Course Combos 3a 1b or 3b 1b

At UTN training, a variety of combination of IPAF two subjects are offered to fit every working at height operator profile.

IPAF Operator 3a 1b or 3b 1b



IPAF E-Learning

IPAF's E-Learning for MEWP operators is available for all MEWP categories (1a, 1b, 3a, 3b) and takes around three hours to complete, depending on your level of MEWP knowledge. The E-Learning module is divided into manageable sections you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.
IPAF E-Learning


IPAF MEWP Harness Training

Identification of appropriate protection equipment and use, correct condition and fitting of harnesses are examined within the course, covering a range of MEWPS. However, it can be tailored to offer candidates achievement testing on specific machines – please remember to highlight requirements when booking.
IPAF Harness Training


IPAF MEWP for Managers (Online)

IPAF MEWPs for Managers new generation online E-learning training designed to instruct supervisors and managers on how to prepare for and safely co-ordinate various types of MEWPs within their control.
IPAF MEWPs For Managers New Generation Online



The IPAF CAP programme extends the promotion of a safety culture to machine maintenance as well as operation.
IPAF Competent Assessed Person (CAP)


IPAF Loading & Unloading

A mix of theory and practical training, designed to enable you to loading and unload MEWPs safely and proficiently.
IPAF Loading/Unloading Training Programme


Push Around Vertical (PAV) Training

A mix of theory and practical training, this course is designed to enable operators to manoeuvre and position the machine safely and proficiently. It can be undertaken on Push Around Verticals.
IPAF Push Around Vertical Training



An optional, additional one day of category-specific training for trained IPAF operators who work in high-risk or challenging environments.

There are a number of different IPAF training course categories available to suit different job roles within the powered access area, including Static Elevated Working Platform courses (IPAF 1a,1b), MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platform) courses (IPAF 3a,3b) and PAV (Push Around Vertical) courses.

There are also a number of standalone IPAF training courses that cover specific areas or job roles, including:

  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP)

  • Insulated Aerial Devices (IAD)

  • Telehandler [EA1] Platforms – Integrated (TPI)

  • Use of Harnesses and Harness Inspection (H)

  • Loading and Unloading (LOAD)

  • MEWP’s for Managers (MM)

Individuals who will be working with powered access equipment after this time will need to revisit their IPAF training to receive new IPAF certification by undertaking another IPAF course relevant to their job role.


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