(CAP) Competent Assessed Person



IPAF Competent Assessed Person (CAP) Programme

Awarding Body:

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)

Industry Specific:

Thorough Examination of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)

Course Summary:

The IPAF Competent Assessed Persons (CAP) programme focuses on the crucial aspect of machine safety. It is intended to provide guidance for platform engineers on compliance with regulatory requirements and to offer documented evidence that individuals can be regarded as competent persons to plan, manage or carry out, necessary thorough examinations of MEWPs.

Course Aim:

Assess engineers as competent persons to plan, manage or carry out thorough examinations of MEWPs in compliance with regulatory requirements including the WAHR, LOLER and PUWER.


Presentation is provided by an experienced Engineer from an IPAF Approved Training Centre.

Course Duration:

1 Day

Agenda Morning:

  • Introductions and definitions
  • Requirements and formulations of thorough examinations
  • Test paper 1 and discussion
  • Performance of thorough examinations
  • Thorough examinations records

Agenda Afternoon:

  • Defect reporting
  • Test paper 2 and discussion
  • Practical exercise
  • Questions and answer session
  • Individual interviews / assessments

Assessment Methods:

Test papers with explanation of pass requirements. Practical exercise, interview & assessment.

Course Qualification:

On completion of the course, applicants are provided with documentation to prove that they are certified, as well as an IPAF CAP Card to carry with them on site. It remains valid for five years.

Joining Instructions:

Due to regular IPAF training programme updates, course criteria and content may be subject to change. All IPAF training centres will advise and provide the relevant information and specific joining instructions prior to applicants undertaking a course. To find an IPAF Approved Training Centre that currently offers this course you can search by region in our IPAF Training Directory.


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