IPAF Mobile Elevated Work Platform

1B, 3A + 3B

IPAF Training

Industry Training Services (ITS) offer a wide variety of IPAF Training courses to allow the operation of various types of Powered Access or Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP)- 3A, 3B and 1B.

IPAF stand for (International Powered Access Federation) Upon successful completion of a IPAF training course at our IPAF Approved Training centre, candidates will have gained the essential skills and knowledge to safely operate the selected type of MEWP in the workplace. Successful candidates will also receive a digital Powered Access Licence upon downloading the IPAF ePAL app (however physical PAL cards can be granted upon request at an additional cost)



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; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and IPAF 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.

A benefit of membership is the ability to deliver the IPAF training programme for platform operators, which is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878. More than 170,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of IPAF-approved training providers. Successful trainees are awarded the PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), the most widely held and recognised proof of quality-assured training for platform operators in the world.

Source: IPAF

Yes, training on a PAV is a direct legal requirement, and there is a half-day course for this. If you have a valid licence with Static Vertical (1a) or Mobile Vertical (3a), you will only require familiarisation on the machine, which should be recorded in your IPAF log book, or through the ePAL app.

This is due to the PAV being a simpler version of a 1a which operates in the same way as a 3a but without the ability to drive.

This principle cannot be applied to any other categories due to the operational methods and risks significantly different between the categories. For example, if an operator is trained on a 1b only, this MEWP cannot be driven elevated where a 3b can, and the operator would not have been trained on that skill. Similarly, if they are trained on a 3b only, they have not been trained on setting up a 1b effectively on spreader pads.

No, only the operator requires a IPAF training and licence. However, the passenger will be required to wear the correct PPE.

If you need help with the ePAL app or digital licences in general, please raise a support ticket through ePAL under the ‘More’ section, at www.ipaf.org/support or email [email protected].

Yes, however, this may affect the length of the course and/or the candidates’ likelihood of passing.

Yes, any issued IPAF licence and qualifications can be shown within ePAL. All newly issued licences will automatically be linked to your IPAF profile (if you have provided your IPAF ID at the time of training). Existing licences can be linked by entering your licence number from your certificate within ePAL.

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