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IPAF Operator Renewal E-Learning

IPAF operator renewal e-learning course with the ability to complete practical training face to face or via virtual reality. 



Course Details

Product number: SW10358

This course provides recertification training for experienced IPAF MEWP Operators through the use of E-Learning modules to refresh their knowledge in a range of situations and environments.

IPAF's enhanced e-learning module is part of its full training programme for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The training has been created to allow delegates to gain and develop the required knowledge outside of the classroom.

Please view the who should attend tab to ensure you meet the qualification/experience requirements prior to attendance on this course. 

Completing the e-learning alone does not qualify you as an operator; industry standards require both the knowledge gained in the e-learning theory session and assessed operation of the equipment to demonstrate proficiency. Once you have completed the e-learning, you must also complete the practical assessment and testing at one of our HSS Training IPAF-Approved centres to obtain a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration). The practical assessment can be completed either on live equipment or via virtual reality. 

To check that your device will support the IPAF E-learning please click here.

To take advantage of this, please follow the below steps:

  1. Complete the theory e-learning module which can be done anytime, anywhere and on any device, at a pace which suits the individual delegate.
    (Compatible with PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones on any modern internet browser)
  2. Once you have completed the e-learning and successfully passed, please contact us again to book your practical training at one of our IPAF-approved centres - to do this you will need your unique reference number which will be shown on your ‘receipt of completion’ generated at the end of your e-learning.
    Delegates are required to attend an HSS Training IPAF-approved training centre within 90 days of completing the e-learning module to sit their theory exam and undertake practical training and assessment (Due to Covid-19 this has been temporarily increased this to 90 days).
  3. You will need to bring a copy of your ‘receipt of completion’ to the course for the trainer to verify, without this you will be refused entry.
  4. Upon entry to the course, you will be asked to complete an open book multiple choice questionnaire which is based on the knowledge gained from the e-learning, this will be followed by a practical training and assessment session lasting a minimum of 4 hours, however this is dependent upon knowledge and experience of using MEWPs.
  5. Get in touch with us on 0345 605 0006 to book - at this time you will be charged the full course cost.
  • Please note: Both the e-learning and practical modules must be completed within 6 months of the date of booking

To find the next available date at a centre near you, please contact us on 0345 605 0006 or email

This attracts a CITB Short Course Duration Grant at Tier 2, with a value of £140. Please see the Grants and Funding tab for further information.


  • Introduction and pre-course theory test
  • MEWP regulations and guidance
  • Machine types and use
  • Structural parts
  • Familiarisation and pre-use inspection
  • Safe operating methods and hazards


This is a 2 hour online training course. 


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.

The practical training and assessment at one of our IPAF-approved training centres will cover the following:

  • Introduction to the machine and MEWP familiarisation
  • Identification of major components
  • Pre-use checks and inspection
  • Starting / stopping the machine
  • Pre-use function checks
  • Checks prior to road travel
  • Planning the route
  • Travelling the route and manoeuvring the machine
  • Setting the machine for work
  • Basic operation
  • Typical work applications
  • Parking the machine


This course is suitable for delegates who have a valid IPAF PAL card with existing categories and experience that they wish to renew.

Delegates MUST provide either an IPAF book on the day of this course with proof of 60 entries, 10 of which will need to be within the last 12 months or alternatively delegates will need to self-certify on the day to show that they have the required experience. Trainers will be able to assist further with the completion of self-certification upon arrival to your course.

Operator E-Learning does not replace practical training. Delegates who complete the online session must still pass a supervised theory test and practical training at an IPAF-Approved Training Centre.

In order to attend this training course good written and spoken English is required.

To complete the e-learning theory module, delegates must pass a practice theory test which will verify that the delegate has the required knowledge and is thoroughly prepared to move onto the theory exam and practical training and assessment.

Having passed the randomised 30 question practice test, delegates will be issued with a receipt to verify that they have completed the online training module. Delegates will then need to contact HSS Training to sit their theory exam and undertake practical training and assessment in one of our training centres within 45 days of completing the e-learning module (Due to Covid-19 this has been temporarily increased this to 90 days). This is a half day face to face session with practical training and assessment on both machines.

To find the next available date at a centre near you, please contact us on 0345 605 0006 or email

All delegates will still be expected to complete a theory test when they arrive at a training centre to verify that they have the knowledge to continue to the practical element of the course. Delegates will be required to bring their e-learning completion receipt with them on the day.

Delegates successfully completing the theory and practical examinations will receive an IPAF Certificate and Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card valid for 5 years.

CITB Short Course Duration Grant

As of the 1st April 2023, the levy grants for CITB have been updated. For more information on the changes please click here.

Information for Employers

HSS Training is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with CITB, allowing our customers to claim grants for completing training on our registered courses.  The CITB levy and grants scheme has been introduced to ensure the UK construction industry has the skilled workforce that it needs; providing grants for employers to train their workers. This helps to maintain health & safety standards on construction sites, keeping the right skills available for the industry to grow. In turn this will allow projects to be completed on time and within budget, in a safe and sustainable manner.

How much is the Grant?

The grant rates are split into three tiers, determined by the duration and content of the course.

•Tier 1 = £60

•Tier 2 = £140

•Tier 3 = £240

Course Name  Grant Tier Value
IPAF (Dual) Mobile Vertical (3a) + (3b) Mobile Boom - Operator  Tier 2 £140
IPAF Harness Use and Inspection  Tier 1 £60
PASMA Mobile Access Towers for Users  Tier 2 £140
Ladder and Stepladder User - Ladder Association  Tier 1 £60
Ladder and Stepladder Inspection - Ladder Association  Tier 1 £60
Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)  Tier 3 £240
Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS)  Tier 3 - 50% £120
Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)  Tier 2 £140
Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SSSTS)  Tier 2 - 50% £70
Site Safety Plus - Health & Safety Awareness  Tier 1 £60

Please refer to the Approved Course List on CITB’s website for the full course directory. Grants are paid once for each individual per course, with the exception of a renewal or refresher course.

Which courses are covered?

As a CITB accredited ATO, HSS Training has 20+ courses registered under the CITB Short Course Duration Grant.  Short duration courses last from 3 hours to 29 days, focusing on the core construction skills needed across the industry. 

The full list of approved courses is available on CITB’s Construction Training Directory.

• Assured Products - courses delivered to an agreed industry standard

• Recognised Products - an approved standard by a relevant awarding body that is widely accepted by the industry i.e. IPAF, PASMA, Ladder Association

• CITB - relating to the Site Safety Plus courses

How do I claim?

Q. What do I need to do as the employer?
A. Simply book your employee onto their required course (our full open schedule is available on the HSS Training website) and provide us with the following details: Delegate name, DOB, Address, NI Number and the Employer CITB Levy Number.

Q. How do I make a claim?
A. We will do everything for you. Because HSS Training is an ATO with CITB, following your employees successful completion of their course we will update the  construction Training Register and you will automatically receive the payment.

Q. How will I receive the payment?
A. Grants can only be paid back via bank transfer, so ensure that CITB hold your current bank details - you can do this through their secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form.

Who can claim?

Any Employer can claim who has registered with CITB and meets their general grants scheme eligibility requirements. Short Duration grants are available to all directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and sub-contractors.

Note – grants are not paid to individual employees.

Eligibility Requirements

Employers are able to claim grants if they have sent a Levy Return to CITB by 30th November each year (where applicable).

Please refer to CITB’s website for more information on how Levy Returns are calculated for a company.

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