IPAF Reports Steady Growth in Platform Operator Training

The International Powered Access Federation last week said it has issued a record 81,378 Powered Access Licences in 2008. This marks an increase of 89 percent from the 43,007 PAL cards processed in 2004, which are due for renewal in 2009. The PAL card is valid for five years.

“Training will grow steadily in 2009, as new markets and industrial sectors embrace the benefits of internationally recognized operator training,” said Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director. “The IPAF training program has won acceptance in many countries and we are seeing a strong push towards a standardized level of platform operator training available globally.”

The IPAF training program for operators of mobile elevating work platforms is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.

IPAF itself does not provide training. The program is provided through a worldwide network of more than 330 IPAF-approved training centers, mainly member manufacturers and rental companies. A training course usually lasts one to two days and covers both theory and practice. Successful trainees are awarded the PAL Card, which is valid for five years and shows the machine categories that the holder has been trained to operate.

IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access. Members include manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners, including rental companies.

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