The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) trained a total of 127,365 people in 2013 and issued 121,744 Powered Access Licensed-Registration (PAL) Cards. PAL Cards indicate that the cardholder has been trained to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively.
PAL Cards can be issued in standard or Smart PAL Card (machine-readable) versions. They are valid for five years and can be verified online at www.ipaf.org. IPAF’s PAL Card operator training program is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.
“IPAF members and training centers are to be congratulated for continuing the success of these industry-led voluntary training programs and safety initiatives,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “We anticipate that we will hit the mark of half a million valid PAL Cards sometime this year. Projects recently launched, such as the global rollout of management courses, the introduction of PAL+ advanced operator training and the eLearning module, promise exciting times for IPAF and the industry.”
In 2012, the IPAF trained 112,887 people and issued 108,065 PAL Cards. This represents an increase of 12.8 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively, in 2013. At the end of 2013, IPAF had 1,037 members and 615 training centers worldwide.