IPAF Scissor & Boom · 3a & 3b · Training


IPAF cards & certificates are now issued digitally through the PAL card App.
If you require a physical card/certificate they can be ordered at a cost of £15 +VAT, please let the team know prior to the course if you need this to be arranged.

1 Day · 8am - 4:30pm

£210 + VAT per person

  • Free parking
  • IPAF Certification & ID card
  • IPAF log book
  • Refreshments


  • Bristol


1 to 4 people can attend open training courses.

Widely recognised qualification – trains an operator to prepare and safely operate two types of Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWPS) as per IPAF guidelines:

  • Mobile Vertical · 3A · scissor lifts · once manoeuvred into the required position they move straight up and down vertically.
  • Mobile Boom · 3B · cherry pickers · self-propelled booms which can be articulated.

Short video of part of an IPAF course:

Scroll down to the FAQ section to see all categories.

Course includes:

  • Introduction to MEWPs and pre theory test
  • MEWP regulations and guidance
  • Machine types and use
  • Responsibilities of employees and employers
  • Pre use safety checks and inspection
  • Safe working environment and systems of work
  • Operating and controlling machines

  • Emergency lowering systems
  • How to safely store machines
  • Regular maintenance – what to look for
  • Correct use of PPE to ensure proper protection (including use of safety harness and lanyards in MEWPs)
  • Theory test – multiple choice
  • Practical assessment – operating machines

IPAF training is provided through our partner IPAF registered training provider.

Since 1st June all IPAF cards & certificates are issued in digital format via the IPAF E-PAL card App.

If you require a physical card/ certificate this can be ordered at a cost of £15 +VAT, please let US know prior to the course if you need this to be arranged.

IPAF’s ePAL app is a digital wallet to store and share IPAF licences and qualifications – download the free app:

Who needs IPAF training

Operators of control powered access equipment and people who manage or supervise them.


Greg Wallace

Greg qualified as an IPAF and PASMA Instructor in 2010.

Before then he worked in interior trades - suspended ceilings, drylining and some carpentry from leaving school.

He specialises in work at height training.

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1 641 bristol 1 £210.00 + VAT St Annes · Bristol · BS4 Fri 22 Oct 2021 Sold Out
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  1. Q: Is there an age limit on the IPAF course?

    A: Yes, delegates need to be 16 or over.

  2. Q: Are there other categories of IPAF training?

    A: Yes, there's a full list below. We provide training on IPAF 1b (Static Boom/Van Mount) and Push Around Verticals (PAV) powered access categories - please, get in touch for info.

  3. Q: What are the IPAF pass marks?

    A: An 80% pass mark applies to the IPAF Operator theory test, and successful delegates go on to complete the practical session for which the pass mark is 75%.

  4. Q: Is there such an IPAF Renewal Course?

    A: Yes, as long as the following criteria are met:

    • Your current IPAF certificate is still in date.
    • Your IPAF log book has at least 60 entries in it from the last 5 years and 10 of the entries were in the last year.
    If your answer is no to the above then in order to renew your license you need to attend a full IPAF course again. If your answer is yes to the above, then we can help you as well with a half day refresher course - please, get in touch for info.

  5. Q: How long does an IPAF PAL card last?

    A: IPAF tickets are valid for 5 years.

  6. Q: List of IPAF Categories


    • Static Vertical (1a): Vertical personnel platforms (static)
    • Static Boom (1b, 1b+): Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms
    • Mobile Vertical (3a, 3a+): Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)
    • Mobile Boom (3b, 3b): Self-propelled booms
    • Push Around Vertical (PAV): Push around verticals
    • Insulated Aerial Device (IAD)
    • Specialist machines (SPECIAL)

Feedback on IPAF Scissor & Boom · 3a & 3b · Training

Attended the IPAF S&B 3A/3B course in Oct 2020 and it was really good. Completing the theory before the course via the E-Learning means you only need to attend half a day. Covid measures are really good, clear and easy to follow the course is outside which helps. The trainer was really informative and helpful.


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On completion of the IPAF 3a & 3b course you're eligible for:
New Summit Platforms customers - 20% off your first hire.
Existing Summit Customers - an extra 10% off your current rates on your next MEWP hire.