The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has issued a record 81,378 Powered Access License (PAL) cards 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 because 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 is a voluntary, industry-led program with the aim of making safe equipment even safer. Powered access offers a safe and efficient way to work at height, but basic training and familiarization are needed before using the equipment.
IPAF itself does not provide training. The program is provided through a worldwide network of more than 330 IPAF-approved training centres, 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.