The International Powered Access Federation last week reported that a record number of 101,457 people completed an IPAF training course in 2011. Training available from IPAF-approved centers includes operator courses for which a PAL Card (Powered Access License) is issued, and management courses for which a certificate is issued.
IPAF issued a record 97,488 PAL Cards worldwide through its approved training centers in 2011, an increase of nearly 13.9 percent over the 85,605 PAL Cards issued in 2010.
A valid PAL Card is proof that the cardholder has been trained to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively. PAL Cards are valid for five years and can be verified online at www.ipaf.org. IPAF’s PAL Card operator training program is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.
More than half of all IPAF-approved training centers are now outside the U.K. and IPAF says that there are close to 400,000 valid PAL Cards in circulation.
At the end of 2011, IPAF had nearly 900 members worldwide. More than half the membership is now based outside the U.K., and membership continues to grow in places such as the U.S., Brazil and Southeast Asia.
In the U.S., the training program is managed by IPAF’s North American subsidiary, American Work Platform Training, and the PAL Card is known as the Powered Access Licensed-Registration.
“The economic outlook is still signaling caution but I am delighted to report that IPAF members have set another record for safety,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “We congratulate all members, contractors and training centers for their support and recognize all who contribute to the success of this industry-led voluntary training program.”