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IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) Training involves providing safety initiatives and training programmes to delegates about the safe and effective use of powered access equipment. Access Towers are an official IPAF associate. This means that we can allocate delegates onto IPAF courses across London and southeast England.

IPAF certification is recognised across the construction industry. Although it is not a legal requirement, it is extremely beneficial and helps to promote safe on-site working practices. Have a read of the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to find out more about IPAF training.

What types of powered access equipment are included in IPAF training?

IPAF training includes the correct way to safely use Static Boom Truck Mounts, Mobile Vertical Scissor Lifts, and Mobile Boom Cherry Pickers.

What accreditation is provided upon completion of IPAF Training?

The successful completion of an IPAF MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) course will provide delegates with a Powered Access License (PAL).

A CSCS logo can be added to successful delegates’ PAL card. Both PAL cards and CSCS certification will help MEWP operators to work safely and access more varied roles through employer trust.

Can IPAF training be completed on site?

Yes. If suitable facilities and equipment are available, then IPAF training can be given at your place of work.

For how long are PAL cards valid?

PAL cards are valid for five years from date of issue. For operators who have completed regular logbooks, a condensed renewal test will be available for re-qualification.

For operators who have not completed logbooks, the initial full qualification will need to be retaken upon expiry of the existing PAL card.

Is IPAF recognised on construction sites?

Yes. IPAF accreditation is a worldwide organisation and is recognised in many countries. In the UK, holding IPAF accreditation will help you to gain access to various construction sites.

Do I need any prior health and safety training before taking an IPAF course?

No. Safety awareness training is an integral part of the IPAF course. Therefore, previous training is not required.

Does the IPAF operator course include harness training?

Yes. IPAF courses include information on pre-use harness checks, harness wearing, harness adjustment, lanyard adjustment, attaching a harness to an MEWP, and technical harness guidance.

Please note that harness inspection is not included in the IPAF course.

Do I need any MEWP experience to attend the course?

No. Prior MEWP operating experience is not required to attend the IPAF course. Having no previous MEWP experience, however, may extend the length of the course and impede the delegate’s likelihood of passing.

Are PAL cards recognised overseas?

Yes. IPAF is an international organisation with a growing reputation in many countries around the world.

It is important to remember, however, the different health and safety requirements in different countries around the world.

If you are planning to work in a particular country, your IPAF course provider may be able to provide you with information about the place you plan to work.

Do I need to have a digital licence?

No. Upon completion of an IPAF course you will be awarded with a printed PAL card and certificate at a cost. However, digital forms are also accepted which you can obtain by downloading the ePAL app.

Does the ePAL app require an internet connection?

Yes. You will need to be connected to the internet to log into the ePAL app. Once logged in, however, you can view your licences and experience offline.

To share your licences with an employer you will need to be logged in and have an internet connection.


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.