The IPAF operator course instructs a candidate to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs, also referred to as cherry pickers, aerial lifts or scissor lifts. Categories include Static Boom (1b), Mobile Vertical (3a), Mobile Boom (3b), Push Around Vehicle (PAV).

IPAF’s MEWP Operator Training is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.

IPAF Operator Categories (1b, 3a, 3b)

The duration of courses for training on machine categories 1b, 3a and 3b varies from half a day to two-days, dependent on the candidate’s experience, theory type chosen (eLearning or classroom), and the number of machine categories the candidate is already qualified for. A PAL Card and certificate are issued to the candidate on successful completion of the course and assessment. The PAL Card is valid for five years (depending on previous training dates on the PAL Card). 

Operator eLearning is available for all of these machine categories. Please contact an IPAF Training Centre to access your eLearning course.

IPAF Operator Renewal Training 

Existing PAL Card holders can choose the shorter, Operator Renewal Course. Operators can take the IPAF MEWP Operator Renewal Training Course. 

Static Boom (1b, 1b+)

Static booms are any self-propelled boom, trailers/push around or vehicle-mounted platforms; these machines may have outriggers attached to them. 

Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+)

Mobile verticals are any mobile scissor lifts or vertical mobile personnel platforms.

Mobile Boom (3b, 3b+)

Mobile boom machines are any self-propelled booms

Push Around Vehicle (PAV)

A PAV is any push around vehicle. A PAV course at an IPAF Training Centre is a half-day course. 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.

PAL Card and certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course. 

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