IPAF has developed the PAL+ training course in response to demand from UK contractors for training that better prepares operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) for work in higher risk or challenging environments. PAL+ is an optional, additional one day of category-specific training and complements the PAL operator course by providing further training for MEWP operators working in such environments.
PAL+ focuses on practical training and includes a short, compact theory session. It is intended to be more advanced, challenging and extensive than the PAL operator course, which meets all requirements for basic operator training.
The course was developed by a task force consisting of members of the IPAF Council and IPAF Training Committee, as well as representatives from contractors and the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE), in order to make PAL+ market-driven and relevant to the needs of end-users and safety authorities.
PAL+ training is open to operators who hold an existing PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) qualification in the relevant category. Upon successful completion of the theory test, practical test and interview, operators will have the relevant categories added to their PAL Card, e.g. Static Vertical (1a+), Static Boom (1b+), Mobile Vertical (3a+) and Mobile Boom (3b+).