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IPAF PAL+ (PAL Plus) Advanced Operator Training Course

Operators looking for more advanced and extensive training can opt to take the one-day PAL+ course. PAL+ is an additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. PAL+ training is available to operators who hold an existing PAL card qualification in the relevant category. The added “+” qualification on the PAL Card is proof that the cardholder has successfully demonstrated their ability to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively in challenging work environments.

The course covers both theory and practical, aiming to increase the operator’s ability at a practical level and help them gain a more in-depth understanding of why accidents happen and how they can be prevented. The theory session, at the beginning of the day, is compact and includes accident analysis, MEWP categories and selection, operator daily inspection, safe operating awareness and hazard awareness. On a more practical note there is additional emphasis on the practical training, with more challenging practical exercises.

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Training timetable

  • Morning - 7.45am Start
  • Course registration
  • Course introduction
  • MEWP safety awareness and theory talk
  • Theory test
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon
  • Site & MEWP introduction and familiarisation
  • MEWP positioning
  • Working at Height
  • Practical test
  • Course Evaluation
  • Interview
  • Course complete

This day long course covers site risk assessment, machine familiarisation, pre-use checks and inspections. Operators are assessed under clear topics and include the following:

  • Site risk assessment (identifying hazards, cordoning off area, allocating emergency personnel)
  • Self-familiarisation (full awareness of the MEWP and each of its parts)
  • Travel (checking the ground route, how to drive and move the MEWP, steering and position, how to travel through restricted areas and space, continual observation)
  • Working at height (correct positioning of MEWP, using spreader plates, manoeuvring in a confined overhead space)
  • Operating in general

On successful completion of the theory test, practical test and interview, operators will have the relevant categories added to their PAL Card e.g. Static Boom (1b+), Mobile Vertical (3a+) and Mobile Boom (3b+)

Courses can take place at one of our training centres situated in Newcastle*, Liverpool*, Birmingham, East London*, South London*, Hickstead (West Sussex), Ashford, (Kent)* & Southampton. (*Indoor Training Centre).

£325 +VAT per person, including IPAF registration.

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