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The Power in Access

The power in access


The course enables trainees to become competent to drive MEWPs safely and in the correct manner.

An IPAF PAL card is recognised by the HSE, CITB, HAE and the Major Contractors Group (MCG). It also satisfies the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the PUWER regulations 1998.

IPAF's eLearning provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience. It provides the same high-quality theory training as in the classroom and can be completed on a range of devices anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.
Our IPAF Operator courses instruct how to prepare and safely use various types of access platforms, including scissor and boom lifts. You will be trained in the correct operation of the equipment, how to carry out a pre-inspection, emergency descent operations as well as being given an understanding of employers and employees responsibilities.  
If you are unsure which category of access platform please contact our training department on 01527 876798 who will be happy to advise you. 
Still unsure which category you require? View the IPAF Category Descriptions Infographic 
IPAF’s E- Learning Training Operators is available for all MEWP categories (1b, 3a & 3b) and takes around three hours to complete. The eLearning is broken down into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace and can save and resume your training at any time.
  • MEWP categories
  • Structural parts
  • Regulations
  • Pre-use inspection/ handovers
  • Safe operating methods and hazards
  • Theory test
  • Practical training
  • Practical assessment
  • Course evaluation

Anyone who operates a mobile elevating work platform requires a PAL card and this must be renewed every 5 years. Over 90,000 MEWP operators are trained every year worldwide through IPAF’s network of approved training centres, of which GTAccess is one.



£195 *

+VAT per person

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1-6 people £195pp

Classroom based full day courses are available to book on our website, simply select the IPAF Operator Classroom course. 



Course Duration: E-Learning: In your own time / Practical Half day
Course Type: E-Learning/Practical Session
Maximum Class Size: 6 Delegates
Course Registration: 7:45am
Course Start Time: 8:00am
Course Finish Time:§ 1:30pm

‡ Delegates must be at the training centre 15 minutes prior to course start time for registration.
§ Finish time is approximate and may be longer dependent on competency of delegates.

This theory element of IPAF Operator courses can be taken remotely as an e-learning option reducing the time spent at our training centre to around half a day. You will need access to either a computer with a web cam, or a tablet with camera to be able to complete the theory part of the test remotely using the e-learning option. The practical part of the course will still need to be completed at one of our training centres.

Brentwood, Bridgend, Bromsgrove, Gloucester, Hailsham, Hereford, Luton, Peterborough, Shrewsbury and Stoke on Trent

This course qualifies for Tier 2 CITB Grant funding of £140.
GTAccess is a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and as such our customers are able to claim grants when completing certain courses. The value of the grant is dependent on the duration and content of the course. For more information on CITB Grant Funding and for a full list of applicable courses and grant values - Please Click Here.

The Powered Access License card (PAL), that is given upon passing the course, is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Major Contractors Group (MCG) and is valid for 5 years. 

The course is recognised by CITB and HAE and satisfies the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Delegates should be physically fit and able to bring along Hi-vis, safety goggles, safety shoes, hard hat and safety gloves for the practical part of the training. A full body safety harness with adjustable restraint lanyard and proof of inspection within the last 12 months must be brought with the delegate on the day of training for 1b and 3b categories. These are available for purchase from GTAccess.

Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day on all courses at all of our training centres.  Please note that lunch is not provided.

Courses cancelled less than 7 days prior to the course date but exceeding 48 working hours will incur a 50% charge. Courses cancelled less than 48 working hours before the course date will incur full payment. GT Access Ltd, reserves the right to cancel a training course at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Should a course be cancelled alternative dates will be offered or a full refund given.



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Select up to 2 categories. If you are unsure what categories you need click here for a detailed description.

If you wish to do more than 2 categories please contact our training department on 01527 876798 as we do not normally allow an individual to take more than two categories in a single day due to the complex nature of the course.

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Prefer us to come to you?

No problem, we can come to your premises. We would require a suitable training room for the day, a safe and clear area outside for the practical part of the training and access to a powered access machine which we can supply if required.

Call our training department on 01527 876798 to discuss and book on site training.

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With over 30 years of experience with access equipment, we are able to offer a huge range of accredited IPAF, PASMA, and Workplace Health & Safety related training courses. We have 12 accredited training centres covering the West Midlands and south Wales.

IPAF Training

We offer a full range of IPAF courses including, Operator training, Harness Safety training, MEWP's for Managers and IPAF Demonstrator and Load/Unload. Our IPAF Operator courses are run 5 days a week (including some weekends) across all 12 of our training centres. Trainees will be issued with a PAL card upon completion that is valid for 5 years.


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We run a full range of PASMA courses including a half day Working at Height Essentials course which enables individuals to comply with their duties under the work at Height Regulations 2005. A half day Low Level Towers course and a full day Towers for Users course that instructs how to safely assemble, dismantle, move and alter a mobile access tower.


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We also offer offer a range of Workplace Health and Safety training courses including a full day and 3 day Emergency First Aid at Work. A half day Abrasive wheels course that allows you to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). And a half day Ladders and Steps Safety course.


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