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WHAT IS A - IPAF Card | PAL Card | IPAF Certificate | Cherry Picker Licence | Scissor Lift Ticket

A PAL Card , IPAF Card or IPAF certificate is what you need to prove you have the right training and experience to use powered access equipment (eg. Cherry pickers or Scissor Lifts). Site managers are bound by Health and Safety Law to ensure workers know what they are doing and how to avoid accidents. IPAF Training and the resulting PAL Card is recognised across all industries, it's often the case that if you've got a PAL card, you've got the job.

What deos IPAF stand for?

IPAFIPAF stands for "International Powered Access Federation" it is the organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access (MEWPs) worldwide. This includes all Cherry Pickers and Scissor Lifts. IPAF was formed in 1983, and is a 'not-for-profit' members organisation to represent the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, hire and training companies.

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The IPAF powered access training programme for platform operators is certified by TUV as conforming to ISO 18878. More than 70,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 300 training centres. Successful trainees are awarded the PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), the most widely held and recognised proof of training for platform operators.

PAL Card, Cherry Picker Ticket , licenseThe PAL Card is valid for five years. It shows the date on which the holder was assessed and the expiry date by which re-training would be needed.

It shows the types, categories of equipment that the holder has been trained to operate.

It shows the level to which the holder has been trained, e.g. operator, PAL+ demonstrator and instructor.

It has security features including a holographic logo and the holder's photograph and signature to prevent misuse.

All successful trainees also receive:

IPAF training is aimed at specific categories of equipment.

IPAF categories

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