Training courses

IPAF Multiple Categories

Who should attend? The IPAF  multiple categories course is designed for operators of powered access equipment, also known as cherry pickers or mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) to demonstrate that they are trained and competent to operate MEWPs.


personMaximum 4 delegates per day

timeFrom 1 day courses

locationDelivered at your site


Course Content

  • IPAF MEWP categories
  • Pre-use inspections
  • Safe Operating methods and hazards
  • DO’s and DON’Ts
  • Parking
  • Accidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences
  • Regulations and Standards

IPAF Multiple Categories Course Description

The most common combination is a 3a Mobile vertical and 3b Mobile boom course.  This has a maximum of 4 delegates who have practical training and assessment on both categories of equipment.

On-site training

Our on-site training is available anywhere in the UK and Ireland subject to minimum numbers. A suitable room would be required for on-site training for the theory section of the course, and a 3a Mobile vertical and 3b Mobile boom is needed for the practical.

Find out the next available dates

Contact our training team today on +44 (0) 113 524 1018 for the latest availability to discuss your requirements.

Useful Information

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires employers to ensure that employees are appropriately trained to carry out their work safely. HLS is a specialist provider of training for safe and compliant working at height. These courses may be provided on your site, potentially using your own equipment, or at one of our training centre partners.


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Stuart, HLS MD

“HLS offers a number of internationally recognised training courses, including IPAF and IOSH, and can also deliver bespoke training to meet site-specific needs. Our training can either be carried out on site at customers’ premises or in one of our dedicated UK training facilities, and we can organise refresher courses to ensure continued compliance with the latest best practice and legal requirements.”


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Frequently Asked Questions

Work at Height Training

Where does the training take place?

The majority of our training takes place at your site. We have a national network of instructors who come to your site to conduct your course using your equipment. We also have access to training centres nationwide where we can book a single delegate or a full course. The off-site courses will always provide the equipment you are being trained on. (When training is carried out off-site, suitable equipment for the training category/course being undertaken will be provided.)

What environment do we need to provide for training?

Theory area - We will require access to a suitable uninterrupted meeting room to carry out the theory element of the course. The room should have chairs, a table for the instructor to set up a projector, laptop and screen or wall suitable for projection, and a 240 volt power supply. Should have adequate ventilation/heating and access to toilet facilities. The minimum training room size is 15m square (5 metres by 3 metres) or 2.5m square per person – whichever is larger.

Practical Area - The area provided for practical training for IPAF 1a and 3a machines must be a minimum of 5 times the length of the chassis squared and for PASMA, 1b and 3b the radius of 75% of the maximum operating envelope. Must be cordoned off from pedestrian/vehicular traffic. Area must be free of debris and overhead hazards such as craneage. Must be available for the whole afternoon without interruption and be quiet so the instructor can be heard. We plan on doing the practical training outside. Is that ok - Yes So long as the equipment is outdoor rated. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the course may be subject to cancellation unless there is a suitable indoor training area available where the platform can be erected to its full height. If wind speeds are in excess of 17mph, according to the instructor's anemometer, an alternative training area will be sought.

Can we have training on an evening, weekend or overnight?

Yes, the majority of our courses are run Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm but our trainers can be flexible and offer out of hours training to suit you and your team. Get in touch for availability and pricing.

We are using our own equipment for the training, do we need to prepare it in any way?

Yes, any powered equipment/ MEWPS must have a record of an in-date LOLER examination and be available with/on the equipment. The equipment should be checked by a competent person to ensure it is physically sound and operates correctly. Has the MEWP been checked to ensure the platform is free of debris, control panels/decals checked to ensure that they are legible. Make sure MEWP is fully charged/fuelled and keys available. For mobile & static boom type equipment are there suitable harness anchor points on the MEWP? A copy of the platform’s current instruction/operators manual must be with the equipment and made available to the instructor on the day of training. This must be in English. Practical training cannot be completed without this.

We don’t have our own equipment but want a training course. Is this possible?

Yes, we can hire MEWPs and towers to you for training courses. For PASMA tower training we can send the trainer with the equipment needed for the course in our dedicated PASMA van. Get in touch to ask for a quote.

What training do I need by law?

This is dependent upon the type of equipment. Get in touch and we can talk you through the relevant legislation and what you need to do.

Download Our Featured Guide

If you want to establish a work at height inspection plan that combines daily visual and functional checks by the operators, regular inspections and servicing schedules completed by competent people (usually CAP Certified engineers) - this checklist will help.



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