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IPAF Load Unload


Loading, transportation, and unloading of plant machinery are vital logistical activities, particularly in powered access and construction. However, accident data research shows that too many people are injured during the process, for example, when MEWPs are delivered or collected from site. To prevent accidents or injuries, operators must avoid loading and unloading on the public highway wherever reasonably practical. 

Operators are responsible for minimising the risk to employees and members of the public and preventing accidents by loading and unloading safely, away from public areas, and by following the regulations in place to do so. It is the legal duty of all employers to carry out operations so that persons not in their employment who may be affected are not at risk.

This IPAF Load Unload qualification provides the knowledge and skills required to confidently load, carry out safe transportation and unload typical MEWP loads on various transportation.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will examine how load and unload accidents occur and critically, how to prevent them to ensure safe and effective best practices.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with IPAF.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical assessment and theory examination. Delegates must pass all assessments to receive the IPAF Loading and Unloading qualification and an IPAF Certificate of Training.

Course Programme

The training is a mixture of classroom-based discussion and practical work focussing on correctly loading, transporting and unloading MEWPs.

Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance and inspections, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • Safely loading, unloading and securing plant machinery onto a suitable vehicle using appropriate equipment ready for transportation on a public highway
  • Linking methods of work to legal requirements
  • Identifying associated hazards and applying effective control measures to prevent accidents
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of relevant legislation for loading and unloading MEWPs
  • Be competent in working at loading and unloading MEWPs
  • Be able to identify hazards and use effective control measures
  • Be confident in keeping employees and the public safe when loading and unloading MEWPs

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive the IPAF Loading and Unloading qualification and an IPAF Certificate of Training. Delegates will also have access to the IPAF ePAL app where their certificate is stored. Available on Android and iOS smartphones, the app also includes their logbook and safety information. Please note that hardcopy PAL cards and certificates must be arranged with the training department before the course start date, with an additional charge of £15.00, plus VAT.

Who Should Attend?

The IPAF programme is for any operator who is or will be responsible for the load and unloading of MEWPs on a range of transportation.

Course Duration

This comprehensive training prepares delegates to safely and responsibly load, transport and unload MEWPs. Depending on the machine category, the course takes between one or two days. Contact us to find out more.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, providing exemplary service to our clients and producing excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

Employers and delegates can choose from dedicated courses to suit customer-specific requirements, locations, and dates. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 20,000 delegates across the Working at Heights training category.

Things You Need to Know

Delegates must be over 18 years old, hold a current IPAF PAL card for the relevant machine categories and possess a DVLA C or C1 licence.

The training has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of this course. In addition, delegates should also bring suitable PPE on the day of training, for example, safety helmets, safety shoes or boots, hi-vis and gloves.

For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

Yes, all delegates need to bring their own harnesses for training.

You will require a full-body harness with short restraint lanyard. These can be purchased from our sister company Altitude Safety.

Yes, you can do three in one day, but only if you have previous experience (IPAF3b IPAF3a IPAF1b); otherwise, two categories are the maximum.   

Yes, you will need a classroom suitable for the number of delegates and for all relevant machinery to be in good working order with the complete manufacturer and operating manuals. You will also need to risk-assess all areas you plan to train in, proof of which we will need before any training takes place.

No, you will need to retake the course.  

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