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The AWPT training program for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals and it meets OSHA requirements. It is based on the IPAF program which is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 600 training centers. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.

AWPT itself does not provide training. Training is provided by approved training centers, mostly manufacturer and rental members of IPAF. Approved training centers set the course fees independently for training provided. They are regularly audited. Class sizes are kept small. Courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test. Course material is available in many languages and training centers receive regular updates.

Courses Available
Aerial Work Platform (AWP) courses for:

Categories of AWP equipment:

  • Static Vertical (1a)
  • Static Boom (1b)
  • Mobile Vertical (3a)
  • Mobile Boom (3b)
  • Push Around Vertical (PAV)
  • Insulated Aerical Device (IAD)
  • Specialist machines (SPECIAL)

Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) courses for:

  • Mobile Operators
  • Demonstrators
  • Installers
  • Advanced Installers
  • Instructors

Other courses:

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This course provides instructions to a trainee, including knowledge regarding potential hazards, that will enable him/her to become a qualified operator of various types of AWPs.


This course trains a demonstrator to familiarize operators with their responsibilities and demonstrate pre-operational and safe operating procedures, and the limitations of AWPs.


This course trains and assesses an instructor to understand the delivery of the AWPT training program, and assesses knowledge on machines and ability to convey information to candidates.

Harness Use and Inspection

This course instructs a user to select, inspect and use a harness and associated equipment safely when using an AWP.


This course instructs an operator in the correct safety procedures for the loading, unloading and securing of machinery prior to or following transportation by road.

AWPs for Managers

This course instructs a supervisor/manager on what is required to prepare for and safely coordinate various types of AWPs on site. This course is not about operating equipment. It is targeted at managers responsible for planning or overseeing the use of AWPs in many sectors including construction, facilities management, retail, airports, leisure parks, industrial cleaning and tree surgery.

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