IPAF Training

IPAF Training

Access Rental Gulf have one of the most experienced powered access training teams in the Middle East, enabling you to work safely with mobile elevating platforms (MEWPs) or otherwise known as aerial work platforms. Offering highly effective IPAF Training courses for powered access operators, IPAF Operator training is accredited to the ISO 18878:2013 training standard. A one-day course quickly enables operators to save time and understand how to operate powered access safely, at the end of the course subject to qualification they will receive a PAL licence and PAL card. 

Health & Safety

Throughout the Middle East encourage employers to provide an adequate level of training to allow employees to operate Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP)/Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) safely and competently.

Dubai Municipality have recently published their Technical Guideline for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) (DM-PH&SD-GU67-MEWP) which now requires operators to be trained every 2 years. 

These guidelines state: 

  • Employers shall ensure all employees involved in using lifting equipment and lifting accessories are trained to recognise and respond to hazards associated with this type of work.

  • Employees are competent to operate the MEWP in the working conditions to which they are exposed. All employees shall be competent enough to perform their work safely.

  • Employers shall ensure that all employees operating lifting equipment are trained and approved specifically in the use of that type of equipment through an approved training provider.

  • Those who use mobile elevating work platforms must be competent and trained to an internationally recognised standard, such as e.g. IPAF ISO 18878:2013.

OSHAD in Abu Dhabi also require MEWP Operators to be trained in their code of practice CoP 34.0 – Safe Use of Lifting Equipment and Lifting Accessories Version 3.0 2016.


Training can be carried out at our premises or at any site, subject to suitable facilities being available.

IPAF Courses

Access Rental Gulf offers two basic types of training:

  • IPAF Operator Training
    A mix of theory and practical training, this course is designed to enable operators to manoeuvre, drive and position the machine safely and proficiently. It can be undertaken on scissor lifts, booms or trailer mounted platforms.
  • IPAF Demonstrator Training
    This course includes a test paper on legal requirements and provides delegates with the skills to familiarise operators with their responsibilities and demonstrate safe operating procedures.

Courses are available on the following categories of powered access equipment:

  • Mobile Vertical (3a) – Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)
  • Mobile Boom (3b) – Self-propelled booms
  • Static Vertical (1a) – Vertical personnel platforms (static)
  • Static Boom (1b) – Self-propelled booms (outriggers), trailers, push-around, vehicle-mounted platforms


IPAF Training

Upon successful completion of an IPAF course you will receive an IPAF PAL (Powered Access Licence) card and an IPAF operator’s log book to record the machines you operate.

Your IPAF PAL card provides instant recognition of your identity and the IPAF categories you’re qualified to operate.

Our trainers speak English, Tagalog, Hindi and Urdu so we can provide a better service to you but most important a perfect understanding of the training you are receiving. 

For more information Please call us on +971 4340 4573 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive more information on training your staff


In addition to basic training, the Dubai Municipality also state in their guidelines that MEWP operators must be familiarised with the controls, characteristics, safety devices, decals and emergency rescue systems on the MEWPs they are authorised to operate.

As well as providing familiarisation when machines are delivered to site, we have created a series of online award winning familiarisation videos that are available on this website. These are available to all and enable you to meet the obligations under the technical guidelines and code of practice to ensure rescuers are competent to lower the MEWP platform using the ground/emergency controls in the work situations to which they are exposed.