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At Access Towers we provide tower hire for large business and smaller workforces across London and the UK. Ranging from low level units such as Genie lifts and Podium units to high access towers such as Double Width Towers and Advanced Guardrail Towers to suit a multitude of requirements for any project.

What are the requirements for using mobile access towers?

For anyone concerned with the assembly, use, inspection and dismantling of mobile or powered access towers, relevant training is required to adhere to the level of competency set forth by the Working at Height regulations 2005. This training is typically delivered in the form of PASMA training courses for low level, high level, mobile, access towers and IPAF courses for powered access equipment.

Can you provide IPAF and PASMA training courses?


As a business we can provide PASMA training at our headquarters in Croydon or on site, whatever suits you and your team. This ranges from courses for managers, users, towers on stairs, cantilevers and towers with bridges which teach you the fundamental knowledge and skills in a 1 day training courses to safely erect, dismantle and operate mobile towers.

Upon completion, you will receive a PASMA certificate and photo card that are valid for 5 years. This card is a widely recognised qualification throughout the industry that demonstrates you can operate PASMA towers, understand PASMA regulations and the BS EN 1004:2020 product standards.

Image of an access tower. To the right, another image of a workman. PASMA and Access Towers logo above.


IPAF training courses are only held at registered centres across the UK where you will learn the necessary safety skills to assemble, dismantle and use a range of powered access equipment including Scissor lifts, Cherry pickers and Truck mounts. Access Towers are an official associate of IPAF and can assign small or larger teams on to relevant courses throughout London and Surrey.

Upon completion, you will receive a IPAF certificate and a PAL card which is valid for 5 years. Your PAL card is vital because an increasing number of work sites now use access equipment instead of ladders as they provide safely encapsulated areas with less hazards (when operated correctly) and demand appropriate certification to be able to grant access to sites.

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The differences between PASMA and IPAF


  • Powered Access Units
  • Mobile Access Towers
  • Training completed through IPAF only
  • Training completed with PASMA or approved centres
  •  For anyone looking to keep them selves safe whilst on site and to act in accordance with the Working at Height 2005 regulations. Typically this can be: Delivery drivers, Supervisors, Installers, Instructors and Technicians.
  • For managers, users and anyone erecting, dismantling and using mobile access towers. Designed to reduce the number of workplace accidents by satisfying the standards outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974.
  • Certification valid for 5 years
  • Certification valid for 5 years



Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.