What is IPAF Training?

IPAF stands for International Powered Access Federation and is the organisation that promotes safe and responsible use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) such as Cherry Pickers and Scissor Lifts.

IPAF training will teach you the skills and knowledge that you need to safely and securely operate MEWPs and pass your desired IPAF test. Completing this training will show employers that you have received a high standard of training and have the correct certification to ensure you are compliant with rules and regulations.

We offer IPAF training at our Southampton and Worthing depots, as well as giving you the opportunity to complete your training at your own sites, using your own equipment.

For more information on how to complete training on your site, using your equipment contact our team on 02392 123555.

You may also be interested in our PASMA training courses. Our PASMA training courses will provide you with the skills and knowledge to safely assemble, dismantle and relocate Mobile Access Towers.


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IPAF Training at 2 Start

Here at 2 Start Training, we offer a variety of IPAF training courses, all of which are taught by highly experienced and IPAF certified instructors. All students will obtain IPAF certification for the course they have completed in the form of an ePAL or PAL card.

Our courses are designed to teach our students all the skills and abilities that they need to safely and securely operate Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).

The courses we provide include:

  • IPAF Mobile Vertical 3a Operator Training (Scissor Lifts)
  • IPAF Mobile Boom 3b Operator Training (Cherry Pickers)
  • IPAF Combined Mobile Vertical/Mobile Boom Operator Training (Scissor Lift & Cherry Picker)
  • IPAF Static Boom 1b Vehicle or Trailer Mounted Cherry Picker Operator Training (Vehicle or Trailer Mounted Cherry Picker)
  • IPAF Combined Static 1b/Vertical 3a/Mobile Boom 3b Operator Training (Scissor Lift, Cherry Picker & Static Boom)
  • IPAF Harness Inspection & Safety
  • IPAF Site Assessment
  • PASMA & IPAF Combined
  • IPAF 3a, 3b & PASMA Towers & Low Level Access
IPAF Training

IPAF Training Course Information

Course Capacity

Depending on which course you choose, training will last up to one day. We keep the classes small (4-10) people to ensure all attendees get the attention and training they require. We want all clients to be confident with the safe handling and understanding of the machinery. All courses will have a written and practical testing, and our centres receive regular updates to keep our learning current.

If this wasn’t quite what you were looking for, you may be interested in our PASMA training courses.

There are some courses which may require you to have taken another one beforehand. This is recommended for those who already have some qualifications, such as our IPAF 3a Mobile Vertical Demonstrator Training and IPAF 3b Mobile Boom Demonstrator Training. We would suggest checking the specific course page for this before contacting our team for booking and enquiries.

Course Duration

The length of your training course will depend upon which of our IPAF courses you choose to complete. The length of our IPAF courses varies between 0.5-1 days to complete, with our combined IPAF and PASMA courses both taking 2-days to complete.

The PAL card

PAL stands for Powered Access License. It demonstrates that the holder has been trained fully and can operate platforms confidently and safely. If you successfully complete a training course at 2 Start the International Powered Access Federation will issue you a PAL card.

If you need to work at height, training is important so machines can be used effectively and safely whilst complying with legal requirements. In addition, the trainee will gain a new skill. IPAF training ensures that within a company the right safety measures and accident prevention has been put into place.

All our IPAF courses are created by industry experts to give platform workers everything they need to confidently operate Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs.) They will include everything needed for operators so it will conform to ISO 18878 ‘Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.’

Smart PAL card

The smart PAL card has been created for modern and convenient use. Its machine readable to ensure only trained professionals are able to use the machines. The card has a chip on it which contains information such as which machines the owner is trained on. Besides this, no other personal information is stored on the card, in line with the data protection legislation. Using a smart PAL card ensures site safety for everyone so the machines can only be used correctly. It also prevents any fraudulent activity occurring as it tracks exactly who uses the machine and when.

2 Start IPAF Training

Off-site IPAF Training

IPAF Training Southampton

IPAF Training Worthing