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If you have chosen (or are required) to take on specialized scissor lift training, there are various IPAF courses available that deal with scissor lifts, scissor lift operation and the safety legislation around them in July 2024.

Operators (both freelance and company-employed) can make use of IPAF training in Darwen Lancashire. These training courses are vital for understanding and using this equipment correctly, as well as knowing the responsibilities involved in maintaining and inspecting it.


We offer a number of great IPAF Training services in Darwen and are more than happy in assisting you on anything you need more information on.

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The Benefits of Scissor Lift/IPAF Training

Scissor lifts, like all MEWP (mobile elevating work platform) equipment, rely heavily on health and safety training to operate properly. A good scissor lift course can provide delegates with more than just knowledge but practical experience, offering practice opportunities with real scissor lift examples.

Since scissor lifts fall under MEWP categories, IPAF training courses roll them under the same training methods as cherry pickers and other similar gear. This means that learning how to use one MEWP gives a delegate basic understandings of safety regulations (and equipment regulations) across all of these mobile access platforms.

You can also get a Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card, a certification that proves successful delegates have completed their scissor lift training course. This can also certify that candidates are capable of operating, inspecting and maintaining a MEWP vehicle, or instructing others through the same training courses.

Additional IPAF certificate rewards can be earned as well. These extend beyond the UK and can be a good way to prove to a company that you have taken an IPAF course. Your IPAF card will eventually expire, as will many of the certificates, and you will have to re-take them.

Starting Training for Scissor Lifts

Before you can begin any scissor lift training, you need an appropriate set of personal protective equipment as well as medical clearance to operate a machine like a scissor lift. Operators taking these courses should also know what the training will actually involve – details can be found on the IPAF site.

Personal Protective Equipment for IPAD Courses

Your PPE should be a full set of protective items – gloves, a helmet, and eye protection if possible. Additional gear can be useful but may not be necessary. This gear will have to be up to a proper safety standard before you begin any scissor lift or cherry picker training.

Duration of IPAF Courses

All IPAF courses have an expected duration associated with them. For example, a health and safety course about lifting operations may have a max duration 1/2 a day-long, while another may have a total duration 1-2 days long. Some course variations can be longer or shorter than others, like ones focusing on specific MEWP types.

If you can’t find specific answers on the IPAF site and want more info about a certain element of the practical or theory training, get in contact and let us know. Understanding the basics of the training is important, no matter your skill level.

Types of Scissor Lift Training Courses

IPAF training includes multiple MEWP categories and courses, all of which are highly recommended for operators that may need them. They are all hosted in fully-qualified training premises: if you need help finding your nearest training centres before arranging to join a session, contact us, and we can offer to help.

MEWP Operator Training Course

This is the introduction to all other course options. Focused on the basics of safe use and preparation of MEWPs, this practical training has a short course duration 1/2 a day to three days, depending on the type of platform being used.

Taking this course is a vital part of future courses at a training centre. It is possible to take the course’s theory test through e-learning: contact us to learn how.

PAL+ Advanced MEWP Operator Training Course

With a duration 1 day long, this course relies heavily on category-specific training for a certain subset of machine. The operator has to specify what they are training in, so you can specifically take the training course for scissor lifts if that is your focus.

This course will give you a PAL IPAF card on completion.

MEWP Demonstrator Training Course

The demonstrator course gives an operator a PAL card as well as a license to demonstrate accepted good practice and safe operating procedures with scissor lifts, among other platforms. It also certifies that the operator understands the health and safety risks involved.

Harness Use and Inspection Course

This course, total duration 1/2 a day at most, is meant to instruct an operator on how to inspect and use harnesses along with MEWPs. This can be an important safety step with scissor lift training and usage and may help with other scissor lift course training in the future.

This piece of IPAF training gives a separate certificate rather than a PAL card. This certificate backs up your knowledge of safe operating methods when using a scissor lift, cherry picker, or any other platform with height regulations that demand a harness.

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Safe Loading & Unloading Training Course

This practical course goes into the correct safety regulations and procedures to follow when loading and unloading a platform, as well as securing machinery before trying to carry or transport it anywhere by road. This is another IPAF course to give you an IPAF certificate once complete.

MEWPS for Managers Course

MEWPS for Managers acts as a course for managers to understand how an operator should be supervised, as well as how to plan for powered access devices in the workplace. This course, unlike most other courses, is available as e-learning or in-person IPAF training option.

Pre-Delivery Inspection Training Course

This course covers a core part of lift training – inspection. This means looking at all components of a MEWP – telescopic booms, static booms, additional gear, even the main body – and performing a pre-delivery inspection at IPAF standards.

Once again, this IPAF course gives you an IPAF certification rather than an IPAF PAL card.

Component Assessed Person Certification

This course helps operators develop safe operating methods by looking into the safety value of the machine itself and how to examine a MEWP safely and effectively. This awards a CAP card on completion rather than a PAL card.

Site Assessment

The site assessment course helps an operator decide which MEWP can be used safely for each site, acting as a test of observation and site understanding. If you need more information about how this works, get in contact with one of our instructors or ask about the specifics of the course through the IPAF site.

MEWP Instructor Training Course

This course is meant to create new instructors from operators who feel like they can teach others through the same courses. It helps an instructor understand how powered access tools function at various levels, explains how to conduct theory test attempts, and goes into the assessment of how you can convey information to training candidates.

Cost of Scissor Lift Training

The cost of IPAF 3a Scissor Lift Training is usually around £170


Does a passenger in a mobile elevating work platform require license before they can go in a mobile elevating work platform?

No, only the operator requires a license. However the passenger will be required to wear the correct PPE.

What is a IPAF Pal Card?

The IPAF Powered Access License is the proof provided to all persons who successfully complete training and testing on an IPAF machine-based coursed.

What are the MEWP Categories?

What are Mobile Elevating Work Platforms?

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) are types of plant, or equipment that facilitate working at height. They consist of a platform on an extending structure and chassis, with controls for operation.

How Can I Start?

If you are ready to start training, then you need to look through the IPAF website and get all of the details you will need about your chosen IPAF course. Whether this is a refresher or a first-time test, you will then have to find a local IPAF training centre that has room for another candidate, although theory tests can often be done remotely.

If you can’t find certain details on our site, then feel free to ask using the website contact details. This can be a good way to find out more about the certificate you might get, which local centres have room for you or any other information about IPAF training that you might need.

You can begin as soon as you find a centre that has room for you. Once you arrive at whatever space (outdoor yard or indoor room), your course begins.

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Make sure you contact us today for a number of great scissor lift training services in North West.

Here are some towns we cover near Darwen.

Blackburn, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Haslingden, Great Harwood
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What Others Say About Our Services

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