IPAF Product Operator (3a+3b+1b) Course

What is the course?

The IPAF Product Operator (3a+3b+1b) course is aimed at people who use powered access. It is also suitable for people who supervise or manage powered access use.

The powered access covered by the course includes:

  • Scissor lifts
  • Trailer mounted boom lifts
  • Self-propelled boom lifts
  • Trailers and pusharounds
  • Vehicle mounted and other aerial work platforms

Course content

The course contains:

  • MEWP categories
  • Structural parts
  • Hazards
  • Pre-use inspection and handovers
  • Safe operating methods
  • General regulations - ISO 18878, European, HASAWA, MHSW
  • Specific regulations - PUWER, LOLER, WAHR
  • Accident reporting and RIDDOR

How is the course taught and assessed?

The IPAF Product Operator (3a+3b+1b) course is a one day course. It starts with an introduction and a pre-course theory test. As well as the theory there is practical training. The course ends with a theory test and a practical assessment.

What qualification will I receive?

People who successfully complete the IPAF Product Operator (3a+3b+1b) course receive an IPAF Certificate and an IPAF Smart Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card. The PAL Card is valid for 5 years.

If you already have a PAL Card the Mobile Vertical (3a), Mobile Boom (3b) and Static Boom (1b) categories will be added to your PAL Card and the expiry date of the card will remain the same.

What can I do next?

Once you have been certified on the Mobile Vertical, Mobile Boom and Static Boom you can go on to get certified on other equipment. We offer a range of courses to help you become certified to use a wide range of other mobile elevating platforms.

Entry requirements

To take the IPAF Product Operator (3a+3b+1b) course you will need to be fluent in both written and spoken English.

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