IPAF Operator Course - 3A/3B (Saturday)

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Course Overview

Our IPAF Operator (3A & 3B) Course delivers a minimum of 7 hours of instruction on Saturday and is designed to instruct up to a maximum ratio of 4 delegates per instructor, providing training to prepare and safely operate Mobile Vertical (Scissorlift) and Mobile Boom (Cherrypicker) in the workplace.

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.

The course will take place on a Saturday.

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

This course is aimed at individuals with previous operating experience who are or will be responsible for using Cherry Pickers and Scissor Lifts in the workplace. If operatives have little or no experience, or additional practice time may be required, please view our IPAF Operator (Novice) Course.

This course is specifically scheduled for those operatives who are unable to attend courses during the week and prefer a weekend.

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.

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.

From 1st June 2021, Kentec Training will be registering all delegates through the IPAF Digital Card License Application (ePAL) system. This is inclusive within the course price.

For a physical copy of the PAL Card and A4 Certificate, this will incur an additional charge of £7.50 + vat per delegate. Please ensure this is requested prior to the course date, otherwise it will be treated as a replacement certificate at £30.00 + vat each.

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
  • Practical assessment on selected categories
  • Issuing of IPAF Operator's Log book

"I couldn't attend this course during the week due to my workload and owning my own business, so being able to come on a weekend was really helpful. Good course with a knowledgeable instructor!"
- Jonathan Bridges

"Great course, it was nice to have good quality machines to practice on and nice refreshments"
- Danny Elliot

"The instructor went through all the points I didn't understood and made me feel comfortable asking questions"
- Liam Cooke

"Good course and refreshments. I enjoyed the day and the instructor was a good laugh, making us all feel comfortable"
- Oliver Lincoln