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IPAF 3a 3b Training

Course Introduction

Our IPAF 3a 3b Training course is delivered every day at our 5-star FEEFO training centre in Knowsley.  We own a range of new machines so we can offer 1b, 3a or 3b categories. 

This can come in a mixture of combinations on the day, from 1 machine or up to 3 machines if you’re experienced.  

Why not send us your team so you can have them all trained all at once or if work doesn’t allow, spread them over a few different dates at our centre.

All course costs are inclusive of a 5 year IPAF registration (ePAL), FREE parking and unlimited tea/coffee – with great hospitality.

Not sure if your Pal card is in date –check here 


  1. IPAF 3a training is focused on the safe operation of mobile vertical personnel lifts, commonly known as scissor lifts. This course equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work safely in situations where vertical access is required. Training covers various aspects, including pre-use inspection, machine familiarization, safe operation, and emergency procedures. IPAF 3a training emphasizes the importance of maintaining a stable platform and following safety guidelines when using scissor lifts. Successful completion of this training leads to IPAF certification, validating the operator’s competence in handling scissor lifts.

  2. IPAF 3b training is tailored to the operation of mobile boom-type lifts, including cherry pickers and articulated boom lifts. These MEWPs offer greater reach and flexibility, making them suitable for a wide range of applications. The training covers topics like machine inspection, setup, safe operation, and rescue procedures specific to boom lifts. It ensures that operators are proficient in safely using these versatile machines. IPAF 3b certification demonstrates an individual’s competence in operating boom lifts, enhancing safety in various work environments

All these IPAF training programs incorporate theoretical and practical components, ensuring that participants not only understand the relevant safety standards and guidelines but also gain hands-on experience with the specific equipment they will be operating. IPAF-certified operators are recognized for their competence and commitment to safety, promoting secure working conditions when working at height. These certifications are widely respected and accepted globally, ensuring that operators are well-prepared for their roles and responsibilities.

Course Information

This qualification has been developed for those already working, or preparing to work, in the industry and who will be using Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWPs)  as part of their working duties.

Delegate Requirements – Delegates should be physically fit, in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.  It is, however, desirable (but not mandatory) that applicants should be literate and have had driving experience as an indication of dexterity

Novice – This course is designed for the complete novice delegate but will also be completely suitable for those with experience using MEWPs and those looking to renew their PAL licence. 

IPAF 3a 3b Training PAL card

IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training programs are designed to ensure the safe and efficient operation of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). IPAF offers several specific training categories, including IPAF 3a, 3b, and 1b, each tailored to different types of MEWPs and their operation.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes.

IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.


This course is approved for CITB Levy Funding.

We are a CITB Approved Training Organisation and will process your levy payment if you are a registered company.

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For Prices, Availability & Bookings Please Call 03331 888 111