IPAF Novice Operator Course - 3A/3B

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Course Overview

Our IPAF Operator Novice Course delivers a minimum of 1.5 days of instruction and assessment and is designed to instruct up to a maximum ratio of 2 delegates per instructor, providing training to prepare and safely operate MEWPS in the workplace. The IPAF Novice Operator Course allows for additional practice time on the MEWP's in the afternoon of day one of the course, with the practical assessment taking place on the morning of the following day.

The IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) certification is an internationally recognised qualification for use of such machinery. More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of training centers. As an approved training center, we are audited by IPAF annually. Training generally lasts one to two days and is a mixture of theory and practice.

This course consists of an instructor led training room presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.

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 3A/3B 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.

Successful operatives will be eligible to sit the IPAF Demonstrator Course and IPAF IAD Operator Course.

Successful delegates will receive an IPAF 3A/3B Operator ePAL license valid for 5 years from the course date. They will also 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.

As of June 2021, all successful delegates are registered through the IPAF Digital Card License Application (ePAL) system, making your IPAF certification accessible via the ePAL app on iOS and Android. This is inclusive within the course price.

For a physical copy of your IPAF Certificate and PAL Card, an additional charge of £12.50 + VAT per delegate is inccured. Please ensure this is requested prior to the course date or at our reception desk on the day of your course, otherwise it will be treated as a replacement certificate at £35.00 + VAT each.

The agenda for the IPAF Novice Operator - 3A/3B course includes:

Day 1:

  • 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

Day 2:

  • Familiarisation of selected MEWPs
  • Practical assessment on selected categories

"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