IPAF Instructor Training

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This five day course is designed for experienced operators who wish to become IPAF instructors. All delegates must meet the course entry criteria.

DURATION:

5 days dependant on machine type(s)

COURSE ENTRY CRITERIA

As the assembly and use of MEWPs can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use MEWPs, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures, to take account of any difficulties you may have

  • 36 months’ MEWP operating experience
  • IPAF Operator PAL card held for 6 months minimum
  • IPAF Demonstrator PAL card held for 3 months minimum
  • IPAF MEWPs for Managers
  • Evidence of Acceptable Instructional Techniques training – (3 days minimum)
  • Successful completion of an approved Harness Instructor course
  • Evidence of HSE required standard for First Aid at Work training level

AIM

To train and assess an instructor to understand the working of the IPAF training programme and assess their knowledge on both the machines and their ability to convey information to candidates. The successful completion of which when combined with evidence listed in 2.1.2 would lead to an IPAF instructor’s licence.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course the instructor will:

Have proved their ability to instruct on set categories of equipment.

Have a good understanding of the IPAF operator course.

Have a good understanding of the IPAF operator practical testing procedure.

Have proved their ability to present a theory presentation.

Have a good understanding of the IPAF demonstrator course.

Have a good understanding of the IPAF demonstrator practical testing procedure.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS

The programme listed below is provisional and may vary in layout. Before you can do an Instructor course you must contact IPAF, to register the course and book an IPAF Examiner to attend the 5th day. All proof of points of criteria must be sent to IPAF so they can confirm the applicant is able to attend the course. For the full current programme please contact IPAF.

DAY 1

INTRODUCTION INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Theory test

Test of candidate’s ability on the machine

Preparation for presentation

DAY 2

IPAF COURSES

Individual candidate 30-minute presentation on chosen MEWP subject – assessed

Planning the day

Overview of the IPAF Courses available

Introduction to the IPAF operator course

IPAF operator practical/testing procedures – machines

Operator Practical demonstration and testing – assessed

DAY 3

IPAF COURSES (continued)

IPAF Operator Course Theory (candidate)

Operation

Paperwork

DAY 4

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS

Individual Presentations

Practical Demonstration

DAY 5

FINAL TEST

Final test with IPAF Allocated Examiner. (1 for 1–2 candidates, 2 for 3–4 candidates)

Mentoring will need to be undertaken by the Instructor a ½ day theory, ½ day practical and a full day.

An IPAF “systems day” is compulsory for new instructors within 12 months.

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