IPAF launched its eLearning module as part of its full training program for American and Canadian operators of aerial work platforms (AWPs), also known as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The launch follows two years of trials and further development and testing.
Together with supervised written and practical testing of operator skills, the eLearning module can lead to a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed Registration), which proves that the operator has successfully completed the training and is able to operate AWPs safely.
IPAF’s eLearning uses interactive tools and engages operators by taking them through games, quizzes, videos and simulations to help them retain the required knowledge and skills for their daily operations.
Operator eLearning does not replace practical training. Trainees who complete the online session must still pass a supervised theory test at an IPAF-approved training center and must successfully complete a minimum half-day of practical training and testing before being issued a PAL Card as proof of successfully completed operator training.
IPAF’s operator eLearning will roll out internationally – following the North American launch will be the Benelux and the UK in 2016, and IPAF eLearning will soon be available in several languages.
The IPAF operator training program is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878. The training meets or exceeds relevant OSHA requirements and ANSI/CSA standards.