IPAF 3A and 3B

This course has been developed by IPAF to prepare potential operators to safely operate mobile scissor lifts and Booms or Static Lifts & Static Booms.

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The IPAF 3a and 3b Training Course instructs an operator to prepare and operate various types of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) including cherry pickers, scissor lifts, and mobile booms such as articulated & electric boom lifts.  

The machine categories included are:

  • Mobile Scissor Lifts (3a): Scissor lifts, mobile vertical personnel platforms

  • Mobile Boom Lifts (3b): Including self-propelled booms and articulated booms (also known as cherry pickers)

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be issued with a powered access license smart card also known as a IPAF PAL (Powered Access License) card.

The IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) PAL card is accepted and recogniSed as proof of MEWP operator training throughout the world.

The IPAF 3a and 3b course will consist of classroom-based tutorials, demonstrations and practical and written tests.

Learning outcomes

To instruct an operator to prepare and operate various types of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). This includes any scissor lifts and personnel lifts that do not have outriggers so that you can drive the machine while elevated (manufacturer specification permitting).


Learners will be required to have a level of literacy that enables them to fully understand safety notices and manufacturer’s instruction manuals.

Learners will also need to be physically fit, in good health and should not have problems with eyesight or hearing as the course involves the operating of MEWPs.

No formal qualifications are required.

For the practical session candidates will need suitable head (hard hat with a chin strap is preferable), eye and footwear including a hi-vis jacket/vest, harness and lanyard, with short adjustable lanyard.


The IPAF Operator Training Course is based on four sections:

  • Classroom tutorials

  • Theory assessment

  • Practical training

  • Practical assessment

Our Health & Safety Training Managed Service

Our home for IPAF 3A and 3B Training might be in Stoke-on-Trent, but we have upcoming courses running from at least 12 other national locations and with our managed service, if we can’t accommodate you at any of those, no matter what corner of the country you are in, we will do the hard work for you and scour the market. We will work closely with local and national providers on your behalf; whereby we place you at the same cost as if you were buying direct so that you can really rationalise your supply chain and have a single invoice.

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