IPAF PAL+ (3a & 3b)

The PAL+ course for category 3a and 3b is an optional one-day, advanced qualification aimed at trained operators who work in higher-risk or challenging environments.

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    What is IPAF PAL+ training?

    The PAL+ is an advanced qualification for MEWP (Mobile Elevation Working Platform) Operators. Larger machines are used in the training, for example a scissor lift with a minimum height of 10m, or a boom with a minimum of 15m working height. In addition, you will be taught how to manage challenging scenarios and terrain when operating MEWP equipment. The emphasis on the course is on practical training, with a compact theory session.
    You will gain PAL+ for category 3a & 3b on this course.

    What is IPAF Training?

    IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the safe use of powered access equipment through advice, information, safety initiatives and training programmes.
    IPAF themselves do not deliver training courses, training is delivered by approved training providers, and successful delegates are awarded the IPAF PAL+ qualification on this training course.

    On successful completion of this qualification, the '+' will be added to your IPAF PAL card.

    Categories of MEWP Equipment on this course:

    • 3A – Mobile Vertical
    • 3B – Mobile Boom

    Who Should Attend IPAF PAL+ Training?

    The PAL+ course is an optional one-day, advanced qualification aimed at trained operators who work in higher-risk or challenging environments such as steelwork, confined overhead spaces or operate a MEWP on terrain that can be challenging. PAL+ training is open to operators who hold an existing PAL Card qualification in the relevant category.

    Course Content

    The PAL PLUS course covers similar objectives to the standard course, however it is applied to more challenging scenarios.

    Standard IPAF course training objectives:

    • Awareness of different types of MEWPs
    • Safe operation of MEWPs and limitations of use
    • Pre-use checks, inspection and function tests
    • Planning the route before operating the MEWP
    • Travelling the route and manoeuvring the MEWP
    • Setting up the MEWP for work
    • Basic operational practice
    • Achievement testing
    • Selection and use of fall arrest equipment

    Challenging scenario examples:

    • driving over sleepers
    • Driving through a chain system
    • Rough or challenging terrain
    • Confined overhead space

    Course Details

    IPAF PAL+ Training Course Details:

    On receiving payment for your IPAF PAL+ (3a & 3b) course, an email with your ‘course joining instructions’ is sent to you.
    This document includes the following details:

    • Your chosen course date
    • Course start time at your chosen venue
    • Address of your chosen venue, including a map screenshot
    • Details of what to do if you need any special requirements to complete the course

    You need to bring photographic ID, such as a driving licence or passport with you.

    Lunch is not included, so please provide your own.

    Entry Requirements

    To attend this course you must hold a valid IPAF Operators PAL Card and all candidates must be physically able to participate on the course. The course will be in verbal English as will all slides shown during the theory session. A translator can be provided by the customer if it is deemed necessary, however the translator cannot be a candidate on the course. If you would like to bring a translator, please get in touch with our team before your course date.


    • Hard hat
    • Safety goggles/glasses
    • High visibility jacket/coat/vest
    • Safety gloves
    • Safety boots
    • 1.5m full body adjustable short restraint harness and lanyard set – required for category 3b

    Under no circumstances will any delegate be allowed to take part in any outdoor work without the above personal safety equipment.


    The course includes both practical and theory assessment.
    You will have an individual interview.

    PAL+ Qualification

    The PAL+ qualification is valid for 5 years. To renew your qualification, you need to complete the full PAL+ course. Only renewal delegates who have filled out their log books (60 entries over 5 years, 10 of which should be in the final year prior to expiry) will be eligible for a direct PAL+ renewal.

    IPAF add all cards and certificates to their ePAL App, you can download this from Apple App Store or Google Play.

    IPAF training is provided third party through an IPAF Approved training centre

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