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The IPAF training program for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals and it meets or exceeds OSHA requirements and ANSI/CSA standards. It is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 600 training centers. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.

IPAF itself does not provide training. Training is provided by approved training centers, mostly manufacturer and rental members of IPAF. Approved training centers set the course fees independently for training provided. They are regularly audited. Class sizes are kept small. Courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test. Course material is available in many languages and training centers receive regular updates.

Courses Available
Aerial Work Platform (AWP) courses for:

Categories of AWP equipment:

  • Static Vertical (1a)
  • Static Boom (1b)
  • Mobile Vertical (3a)
  • Mobile Boom (3b)
  • Push Around Vertical (PAV)
  • Insulated Aerical Device (IAD)
  • Specialist machines (SPECIAL)

Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) courses for:

  • Mobile Operators
  • Demonstrators
  • Installers
  • Advanced Installers
  • Instructors

Other courses:

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IPAF Online System: www.awpt-training.com


This course provides instructions to a trainee, including knowledge regarding potential hazards, that will enable him/her to become a qualified operator of various types of AWPs.


This course trains a demonstrator to familiarize operators with their responsibilities and demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedures, and the limitations of AWPs.


This course trains and assesses an instructor to understand the delivery of the AWPT training program, and assesses knowledge on machines and ability to convey information to candidates.

Harness Use and Inspection

This course instructs a user to select, inspect and use a harness and associated equipment safely when using an AWP.


This course instructs an operator in the correct safety procedures for the loading, unloading and securing of machinery prior to or following transportation by road.

AWPs for Managers

AWPs for Managers is the essential, half-day course for those who plan, supervise and manage the use of aerial work platforms in the workplace.


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