Duration: Half-day course
Maximum number of candidates: 8 (2 courses allowed per day: 16 candidates)
To instruct an Operator to prepare and safely operate various types of Push Around Vertical (PAV) Platforms and to obtain an IPAF MEWP Operator’s PAL Card.
At the end of the course the operator will:
• Be aware of the relevant health and safety regulations.
• Be aware of the need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• Be aware of the need to refer to the machine Operating Manual.
What the Operator should know:
• The pre-use checks and daily maintenance to be carried out prior to starting work.
• The correct and safe method of operating the specific machine.
• The correct emergency procedures, capacities and limitations to enable safe operation.
Course structure
Facilities, PAL Card overview and pre-course theory test.
Legislation and guidance
ISO 18878, European, HSWA, PUWER, LOLER, WAHR & RIDDOR, IPAF Technical Guidance – Fall Protection in Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (H1), IPAF Technical Guidance – Familiarisation (F1)
Pre-use inspections/handovers Thorough examinations; familiarisation; pre – use inspection; identify safety items and controls; and defects and emergency descent.
Safe operating methods and hazards
Dos and Don’ts.
Theory test
Individual written test with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
Practical training
• Introduction to the actual machine: walk around and familiarisation with MEWP.
• Major components: identification of each component and its function.
• Pre-use checks and inspection: carry out all the required checks/inspections on tyres, main frame, turntable, fluid levels, hoses, electrical cables, booms, cage, brakes, steering, lights,
travel, controls, (lower/upper), pins / retaining bolts and decals and additional points from the machine operations manual.
• Starting and stopping the machine: correct starting and shut down procedures.
• Pre-use function checks: conduct a full function check of the machine and carry out full emergency lowering procedure.
• Planning the route: gradients, access, overhead obstructions and ground conditions.
• Travelling the route and manoeuvring the machine (where applicable): ensure route clear, use of assistant to signal, etc., practise close manoeuvring.
• Setting the machine for work: practise setting up, barrier off requirements, road requirements, stabiliser set-up and carry out stabiliser deployment checks.
• Basic operational practice: carry out operational functions at 75% of full working envelope (so far as is reasonably practical) and observe all safety practices.
• Typical work applications: practise applications observing all safety practices.
• Parking the machine: ensure that the machine is correctly parked, brakes applied, keys removed and clearance of all obstacles. Outline correct battery checks, charging and safety precautions.
Practical assessment
Individual verbal and practical test based on the use of the MEWP Operator Practical Test Plan with explanation of pass requirements.

Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
Course evaluation and close.