For Cherry Picker Training, Consider an IPAF License
An easy way to think of this is in a car scenario, think of IPAF as the equivalent of the DVLA (the vehicle licensing agency).
The DVLA have several categories of vehicle, like car, van, bike etc, for which they provide driving licenses.
Just like your driving test, once you pass IPAF training courses, you receive a license (some people say “IPAF Certificate”, but it’s technically a license) called a PAL card, this shows what machines you are qualified to operate. PAL cards are valid for 5 years, and just like your car license, you can add other machines/categories to that license.
Over the years, people have come up with a variety of names for the category of machine, just like the DVLA – a pickup truck could also be called a flatbed truck, but the DVLA know it as category D1 (a vehicle up to 3.5 tonne).
IPAF works in the same way, these are the IPAF categories :-
IPAF – 3a Category (Mobile Scissor Lift) – but we do receive inquiries for Scissor Training and even Magic Carpet Training.
IPAF – 3b Category (Mobile Cherry Picker) – but we also receive inquiries for Boom Training.
IPAF – 1b Category (Static Cherry Picker) – again, we receive inquiries for Van Mount Training, Trailer Mount Training and even Spider Training (because it’s a Cherry Picker on tank like tracks, that then have legs to extend and secure).
Mobile & Static Booms
Mobile and Static are defined as:- Mobile – The operator can drive forwards/backwards and indeed steer the machine whist up in the air, where as a Static Cherry Picker or Boom, can’t be driven whilst in the air.
With IPAF, the minimum age to hold a license is 16, and there are currently no restrictions on the size of machine you can operate, provided you hold an IPAF license for that category, you can operate the smallest to the largest machine, within that category.
There is currently no maximum age limit to hold an IPAF PAL card.