This course is aimed at individuals with little if any operating experience who are or will be responsible for using Cherry Pickers and Scissor Lifts in the workplace. If operatives have experience and feel confident, there is a one day IPAF Operator Course available.
Similarly, since the inspection, operation and use of MEWPs can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights / vertigo, giddiness / difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.
If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use an MEWP, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures, to take account of any difficulties you may have.
This course is a prerequisite for the IPAF Demonstrator course and IPAF IAD Operator course.
peratives will gain understanding of current relevant legislation and regulations, accident prevention & control, needs regarding personnel protection, the need to refer to machine operating manuals and the driving/maneuvering of MEWPs safely in order to position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner.
An initial pre-course assessment takes place in the form of a multiple choice examination at the beginning of the day; intended to allow the instructor to gauge the knowledge and understanding of each operative before course commencement. At the end of the theory session, operatives will take a short multiple choice test. If operatives successfully pass the test, they will then move on to the practical training and assessment.
Those who successful complete both theory and practical sessions will receive an IPAF Certificate and PAL Card that are valid for a period of 5 years.
Successful operatives will gain an understanding of current legislation and best practice on a range of MEWPs; including carrying out a pre-use inspection and safe operation in line with approved methods and the manufacturer's instructions. The course agenda includes:
- Introduction to IPAF and MEWPs
- Pre-theory test
- Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Best Practice
- MEWP categories explained
- Structural parts identified
- Pre-use inspection/handover requirements
- Safe operating methods and hazards to be observed
- Post-theory test
- Practical training on selected categories
- Familiarisation of selected MEWPs
- Practical assessment on selected categories
- Issuing of IPAF Operator's Log book
"The extra time really helped me feel confident on the machines. I didn't think I would be able to do it, but the instructor helped me overcome my fear of heights and now I can work on sites"
- Fabio Romano
"This course will help me get work. I was not sure I could operate the scissor lift and cherry picker, but the time and teaching on the practical helped me pass the exam and feel confident"
- Rajinder Singh
"Great course, very helpful instructor. Not having the pressure of two exams in one day helped me relax more and it was easier to pass"
- Bryan Pincher
"Very helpful instructor, needed more time on the machines and everyone helped to get me through the course. I can get my new job now as I have had the best training"
- Pawel Piekarski