IPAF 3a + 3b: Mobile Vertical and Mobile Boom

IPAF training is a necessary part of using mobile elevating work platforms. IPAF training teaches operators everything they need to operate powered access equipment safely.

The operator training course will include a practical training session, as well as a theory section followed by a practical assessment and a theory assessment. The practical training will allow you to gain hands on experience using the MEWPs, bringing you one step closer to becoming an acreddited IPAF operator.

Upon successful completion of the course you will have an understanding of:

  • Safety regulations
  • Personal protective equipment
  • accident prevention
  • Warning alarms routine inspection
  • Safe operating techniques
  • Servicing requirements preparation

A written test will need to be completed You will also b e awarded an IPAF Certificate and and digital PAL card (Powered access license card) for the MEWP category completed (3a 3b). If you’d like a physical PAL card, then an extra £5 fee will be taken.

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What Does IPAF 3a Cover?

IPAF 3a training will teach you how to safely manoeuvre all mobile vertical machines. Mobile vertical machines are machines that are held by wheels (rather than hydraulic legs) and only move up, rather than up and over.

What Does IPAF 3b Cover?

IPAF 3b machines cover all mobile boom lifts. These are machines that can be moved while in use and use an up and over reach rather than only vertical.

What Is The Difference Between 3a and 3b MEWPs?

The type, of course, depends on the machine categories (1, and 3) and machine type (a or b). Ipaf operator training is typically linked to at least one single category, though sometimes include more than 1 when it makes sense.

Machine categories include:

Category 1: Static Machines – these are machines that don’t move when in use. They stand in hydraulic legs rather than wheels.

Category 3: Mobile machines – these machines can be driven while in use.

Type A: Vertical machines – these machines only move up and down, rather than up and over

Type B: Boom machines – these machines are able to reach up and over.

What Is The Difference Between Mobile Booms and Self Propelled Booms?

Self propelled boom lifts are a subcategory of a mobile boom. A mobile boom is any boom lift that is able to move on wheels while in use – a self propelled boom lift is a machine that is able to be controlled by the operator on the platform (3b).

A 3b operator must be fully aware of the of the safety regulations for maneuvering these machines. They must correctly position the machine so that it doesn’t fall over – luckily the accident prevention section of the operator training course will cover this and any other relevant health and safety regulations needed to operate these machines.