IPAF 3A & 3B

Operate MEWPS of varying types

The IPAF Powered Access Licence is internationally recognised as the foremost qualification for the operation of powered access platforms (MEWPS). The IPAF programme is designed for the operators of MEWPs, renewal of IPAF (PAL) cards or for those looking to learn how to operate MEWPs across a variety of platforms. These include:

  • Mobile vertical platforms (3a – scissor lifts or mobile vertical platforms)
  • Mobile boom (3b – mobile cherry picker)
  • Static vertical platforms (1a)
  • Static boom platforms (1b – van, truck, trailer and track mounted)


This course is essential for anyone who operates access platforms on site.


Course content includes:

  • Understand basic health and safety law as it applies to them including;
  • Understand the safety, benefit and legal reasons for completing training
  • Identify the governing laws and legislations that are associated with training and safe operation of equipment
  • Understand their personal responsibilities for safety at work including;
  • Be aware of the need to refer to the manufacturer’s manual
  • Select and identify the correct Personal Protective Equipment for the job/task
  • Prepare equipment ready for use
  • Be aware of and be able to complete a pre-use inspection of the equipment
  • Identify the correct manufacturer’s manual for the equipment and make reference to it
  • Operate the equipment in a safe, efficient and professional way
  • Mount and dismount the equipment using the correct method
  • Operate the access platform safely in accordance with best practice
  • Demonstrate the correct shutdown and parking procedure for the equipment
  • Elements covered
  • Why we train
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Personal risk assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Accidents and associated risks
  • Equipment introduction
  • Safe Working Load
  • Stability and instability factors
  • Safe travel
  • Setting up including stabilisers and jacks
  • Ground conditions
  • Operating envelope
  • Effects of wind speed and wind chill
  • Use near electricity cables
  • Power sources and refuelling procedures
  • Pre-use checks and defect reporting
  • Familiarisation
  • Full practical training
  • Theory, pre-use checks and practical testing on the equipment



DELIVERY METHODS: Open Course | On Site

ASSESSMENT: Learners’ practical skills in utilising the equipment, as well as their understanding of how to use it safely, will be assessed. Only after passing both a theory and a practical test will they be able to obtain a licence to use MEWPs.

CERTIFICATION: Successful students will get a 5 year IPAF PAL Card for 3a and 3b Mobile Vertical and 3b Mobile Boom categories, as well as an IPAF Certificate of Training. Each learner will get an IPAF safety guide and an IPAF log book on the day of instruction. On-site photographs for the operator card are taken.


These technical courses require certain facilities and requirements.

  • IPAF Fax Form – This will be attached with the email confirmation for your training course.
  • LOLER – Appropriate machine/s in sound mechanical condition with current 6 monthly LOLER certificate for the MEWP.
  • MEWP Equipment must have been checked by a competent person to ensure it is physically sound and operates correctly. Has the MEWP been checked to ensure the platform is free of debris, controls panels checked to ensure that they are legible? Make sure MEWP is fully charged/fuelled and keys available. Are there suitable harness anchor points on the MEWP?
  • A Risk Assessment will need to be carried out by the instructor on the day of the course with particular reference to the ground for the practical training area against;
  • Maximum Working Mass/Maximum Point Pressure/Distributed Load (whichever is relevant) of the MEWP to be used.
  • Instruction manual – A copy of the platform’s current instruction manual must be made available to the instructor on the day of training. This must be in English. Practical training cannot be completed without this.
  • Theory area- We will require access to a suitable uninterrupted meeting room to carry out the theory element of the course. The room should have chairs, a table for the instructor to set up projector, laptop and screen or wall suitable for projection, and a 240-volt power supply.
  • Practical area – For 1a and 3a machines, the practical training area must be 5 times the chassis length squared, and for 1b and 3b machines, the radius of 75% of the maximum operational envelope. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic must be restricted. Debris must be removed from the area, as well as any overhanging threats such as cranes. Must be available for the entire day without interruption and quiet enough to hear the instructor.
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – Learners attending must bring their own relevant PPE including warm clothing, high visibility vest, safety footwear, hard hat (chin strap preferable) and full-body restraint harness and lanyard (course dependent) in accordance with your company policy.
  • Trainees require – Home address, date of birth, any previous PAL Card.
  • Weather – In the event of adverse weather conditions, the course may be subject to cancellation unless there is a suitable indoor training area available.
  • Translators (if required) – Learners must be able to speak, read and write in English. If a translator is required, they must be separate from the course (i.e. not a learner).
  • Users should be physically fit and in excellent health, with no difficulties with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, poor limb function, alcohol or drug use, or psychiatric disorder. You must inform your employer if you have any challenges with literacy or language understanding, or if you have any reservations about your ability to use MEWPs.

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Price (GBP) £235.00 Excl. VAT
  • Course name
    MEWPS - Mobile Elevated Platforms

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