Outreach Ltd. is an accredited IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training centre. As legislation increases concerning the safe use of MEWPS (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms), so does the demand from many organisations to have their personnel properly trained.

IPAF courses are accepted internationally and recognised by the Health and Safety Executive. Based on IPAF’s Operator’s Safety Guide, they cover the safe, efficient use of many different types of powered access machines.

IPAF has moved to align its training programmes with BS EN 280 and ISO DIS 16368, standards that regulate the design and manufacture of access platforms worldwide.

Existing PAL Cards (Powered Access Licences) remain valid as specified. Existing PAL Card holders do not need to get their cards changed. 

On successful completion of an IPAF course, the delegate receives a certificate of competence, a PAL (Powered Access Licence) ID card valid for 5-years, IPAF’s Operator’s Safety Guide and an IPAF Log Book, to record their experience with MEWPS.

IPAF Training Categories

The abbreviations and brief explanations of the IPAF Training Categories, are as follows:

Static Vertical (1a, 1a+): Vertical personnel platforms (static)

Static Boom (1b, 1b+): Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms

Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+): Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)

Mobile Boom (3b, 3b+): Self-propelled booms

Push-Around Vertical (PAV): Push-around verticals

Special (SPECIAL): Specialist machines

  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP) 
  • Insulated Aerial Devices (IAD) 
  • Harness Use and Inspection (H)
  • Loading and Unloading (LOAD)
  • MEWPs for Managers (MM)

What the "+" symbol means: This means that the operator has successfully completed the PAL+ course, which covers additional, practical training and testing on the machine category indicated. The operator has successfully demonstrated his/her ability to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively in challenging work environments.

View our range of courses below:

IPAF MEWPS for Operators

IPAF MEWPS for Managers

IPAF Harness Use & Inspection

For more information regarding our IPAF courses, please call: +44 (0)1324 889000 or Email: training@outreachltd.co.uk