IPAF MEWP Training Course 3a, 3b, 1bMEWP & Forklift Courses
MEWP is an overall name for powered access platforms which can refer to any type of Mobile Elevating Work Platform / Cherry Picker.
IPAF MEWP training is strongly recommended and is increasingly becoming a requirement for MEWP operators working on Irish construction sites.
IPAF 3a Operator category covers the safe use of Mobile Vertical machines generally called Scissor Lifts.
IPAF 3b Operator category covers the safe use of Mobile Boom machines which are self-propelled booms and may be articulated or telescopic booms and can be driven at height.
IPAF 1b Operator category covers Static Boom machines which are generally fitted with outriggers and cannot be driven while elevated. 1b Static Boom is an overall category name which includes Van-mounted booms, Truck-mounted booms, Trailer-mounted booms or Spider booms on tracks or wheels.
Up to three IPAF MEWP categories can be completed on the same training day subject to notice and availability of machines e.g. 3a Mobile Vertical (Scissor Lift), 3b Mobile Boom and 1b Static Boom
On-site training is also available anywhere in Ireland subject to minimum numbers and having the MEWPs available on site.
A suitable room would be required for on-site training for the theory section of the course.
A Scissor Lift / Mobile Vertical and Mobile Boom and Static Boom would be needed for the practical test, if candidates need all three IPAF categories on their PAL card.
The MEWP Operator’s Manual and a copy of the current 6 monthly Certificate of Thorough Examination for each MEWP is required.
This MEWP 3a, 3b and 1b IPAF Operator training course is suitable for anyone who operates different types of MEWPs including Scissor Lifts (Mobile Vertical lifts), Self-Propelled Telescopic booms or Articulating booms (Mobile booms). It is also suitable for users of Static Booms with outriggers including Spider booms on tracks or wheels, Van-mounted booms, Truck-mounted booms or Trailer-mounted booms.
Candidates for IPAF MEWP courses must be at least 16 years of age. They must be medically fit to operate machinery.
Trainees must have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with them to operate the MEWPs i.e. Helmet, Safety Boots, Hi-Visibility Vest, Harness & Adjustable Restraint Lanyard.
- 3a, 3b and 1b IPAF PAL Card valid for 5 years
- IPAF Certificate of Training for the 3a, 3b and 1b categories
Theory test and practical assessment carried out on the day
Delegates will acquire the essential knowledge required to operate various types of MEWPs under three IPAF categories 3a Mobile Vertical, 3b Mobile Boom and 1b Static Boom categories efficiently and safely.
The course includes a presentation with slides, video, printed course material, demonstration, practical use.
An IPAF safety guide and an IPAF log book will be given to each delegate on the day of training. Photographs for the operator card are taken on site and are included in the price.
- Introduction and pre-course theory test
- MEWP categories
- Structural parts
- Regulations ISO 18878, PUWER, LOLER, RIDDOR, WAHR, MHSW
- Pre-use inspection/handover
- Safe operating methods and hazards
- Theory test practical training
- Practical assessment
- Licence renewal & log books
- Course evaluation