IPAF 1A Course: Static Vertical

In order to operate ariel platforms, proper and adequate training must be completed. This is where IPAF training comes in. IPAF training is a required training course for anybody wishing to operate powered access equipment.

Different types of IPAF training categories will offer a familiarisation course for different types of MEWPs. This IPAF 1a course covers the basic training needed to operate a static vertical 1a machine, but will not cover static boom machines, mobile vertical machines, or mobile boom machines. These are covered in the 1b, 2a and 2b courses respectively.


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What Does IPAF 1A Training Cover?

During IPAF training courses, you will receive basic training to operate mobile elevated work platforms, covering relevant health considerations, safety obligations, accident prevention, practical training, and theory classes. This IPAF Training course covers all static vertical personnel platforms. These are machines that use legs for stabilisation rather than wheels, and scissor lift technology rather than boom lift.

1A Diagram that shows the kind of MEWPs used for IPAF training

What is a Static Vertical Personnel Platform?

As mentioned above, static vertical personnel platforms provide the platform operators with a still-standing platform that lifts the user using a scissor lift. These machines will not move while in use, rather they are supported using metal legs that keep the machine in a static position. The scissor lift technology only allows for high reach, rather than an “up and over” reach that a boom provides.

This type of machine differs from other MEWPs, such as a self-propelled boom, which is expected to be mobile during use. The operator can control this machine from the platform and is lifted using a boom lift. This type of machine is covered in 3b training courses.