IPAF MEWPs for Managers (MM)



IPAF MEWPs for Managers (MM) Training

Awarding Body

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)

Industry Specific

Management of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)


IPAF’s MEWPs for Managers course covers what managers need to know about using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) on site, from planning the job and completing a risk assessment, to selecting the right equipment and mitigating all possible risks.

This one-day course for managers includes topics such as health and safety regulations, accident prevention and control, personal protection equipment, and pre-use checks and maintenance.

The course is about planning, supervising and effectively managing the use of powered access, and not about operating equipment. It ends with a written test that candidates must pass in order to obtain a certificate.

The course is targeted at project managers, foremen and supervisors working in a broad range of industries such as construction, facilities management, retail, airports and arboriculture.

Course Summary

Companies who use MEWPs need to know what their management and Legal Responsibilities are as the principle duty-holders. This essential one day course covers what managers and supervisors need to know about the safe use of MEWPs on site, from planning the job and conducting a risk assessment to Selecting correct equipment and mitigating all possible risk.

Course Aim

Instruct a manager or supervisor to prepare for and safely co-ordinate various types of MEWPs within their control. This course is not aimed to instruct or qualify applicants to operate MEWPs.


Training by a Senior IPAF Instructor / 1 Trainer to 10 Trainees

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Theory

  • Introduction / IPAF & PAL Card overview
  • Machine classification
  • Types of machines
  • History & Suitability for task
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations
  • Work at Height Regulations (WAHR)
  • Additional Regulations
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Operator Training BS 1SO 18878:2004
  • Safe Use of MEWPs – Code of Practice BS8460:2017
  • Delivery of Machines

Course Practical

Brief look at machines to give an insight to some of the hazards related to a machine. (Optional)

Assessment Methods

Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements. This is not an attendance course, applicants who are unable to demonstrate an understanding of the course content by failing to complete the written tests will have to re-take the MEWPs for Managers course on another day.

Course Qualification

Upon successful completion of the course, applicants will receive an IPAF certificate. Those who hold a valid Powered Access Licence (PAL Card) for operating equipment, can have the MEWPs for Managers (MM) category included on their PAL Card. 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. Please Contact Us to book a course or for further information.