IPAF and PASMA Training Across the UK 1

IPAF and PASMA Training Across the UK

3 March 2020

IPAF or PASMA Training

What do I need to work on site?

IPAF is The International Powered Access Federation, the world authority in powered access. Promoting the safe and effective use of powered Access Equipment. IPAF provide the technical advice and information and continues to influence and update legislation and standards. They do this through safety initiatives and training.

IPAF is a non-profit organisation, wholly owned by its members. Such members include Hire Companies, contractors, distributors and powered access manufacturers.

“IPAF Members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture 85% of the platforms on the market” – Source IPAF { https://www.ipaf.org/en/about-ipaf}

Training accredited to the IPAF levels gives successful trainees the PAL Card (we like the name but on this occasion, rather than meaning Perfect Associates Ltd – PAL is an acronym of Powered Access Licence) Basically, if you want to work on a construction site, or with powered access machines anywhere, then an updated IPAF Card is what you need.

Interestingly enough IPAF does have a set of clear organisational objectives – these make interesting reading: Read Them Here

Here are the IPAF Categories (source IPAF):

  • 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
  • Special (SPECIAL): Specialist machines
  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP)
  • Insulated Aerial Devices (IAD)
  • Harness Use and Inspection (H)
  • Loading and Unloading (LOAD)
  • MEWPs for Managers (MM)
  • Goods Hoist (GH)
  • Transport Platform (TPH)
  • Personnel Hoist (PH)


Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association, established in 1974 is the recognised authority for mobile access towers. Like IPAF, PASMA is focused on advancing safety, standards and best practice and has members from across the UK, South East Asia and the Middle East.

PASMA has a number of roles including:

  • Training
  • A Conduit for information in regards to mobile access towers
  • Driving Research and Development for the Industry
  • Setting High Standards
  • Promotion of the use of mobile access towers for temporary work at height

“The association is committed to delivering world-class support to all corners of the industry,” says Peter Bennett, PASMA’s  currentmanaging director. “Providing practical skills and knowledge are central to meeting this objective.” – Source { https://pasma.co.uk/about/}

PASMA is essential and recognised on UK construction sites. Courses Cover

  • Work at Height Essentials
  • Towers for Users
  • Low Level Access
  • Combined Low-level Access and Towers for Users
  • Towers on Stairs
  • Towers with Cantilevers
  • Towers for Professional Riggers
  • Towers for Managers
  • Instructor Training

At PAL Hire we offer access to working at height training, so you can get qualified to work on site throughout the UK. For details we have a whole course page for you to browse. Perhaps you just need to update your training – check out the course dates here.

Know what you want?

When you are ready simply click on enquire complete the form and we will sort the rest for. At the moment IPAF and PASMA training is available in the following locations:

  • Aberdeen
  • Barnsley
  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Didcot
  • Dundee
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Kent
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liskeard
  • Liverpool
  • London East
  • London West
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • North Wales
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Scunthorpe
  • Southampton
  • Swansea
  • Taunton
  • Teesside
  • Telford
  • Wellingborough