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IPAF OP - Static Booms (1B)


Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs come in different shapes and sizes, varying by how they are mounted, and static boom lifts are a great example. 

Static boom lifts include spider booms on tracks or wheels, truck-mounted, van-mounted, or trailer-mounted booms. These MEWPs are highly effective and have excellent outreach capability. They can be driven, towed or pushed into position or mounted on road-towable trailers, vans and trucks. They deploy outriggers, jacks or stabilisers for stability, preventing the MEWP from travelling while in operation.

This IPAF OP Static Booms 1B certification delivers a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements and inspection of working with this kind of MEWP. It is designed to teach delegates to prepare and operate static boom MEWPs, including any scissor lifts, boom lifts trailer mounted, or truck-mounted platforms.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer information and general knowledge of MEWPs and participate in practical activities to recognise best practices and operating methods.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited with IPAF. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Delegates must pass the theory and practical assessments to receive an IPAF 1B qualification and an IPAF Certificate of Training.

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to work with Static Boom MEWPs safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

Classroom Tutorials

Best practice and industry guidance on subjects including:

  • Introduction and pre-course theory test
  • MEWP regulations and guidance
  • Machine types and purposes
  • Structural parts
  • Familiarisation and pre-use inspections
  • Identifying hazards and the control measures to safely manage them

During the theory section of the course, delegates can take notes and discuss topics that may arise during the training in more detail. We will also issue an operator safety guide they can use as a reference tool back in the workplace. 

Practical Training

Once the theory assessment is complete and passed, candidates will progress to practical training.

Operational skills and expertise to:

  • Operate Static Boom MEWPs safely
  • Understand limitations of use
  • Carry our pre-use checks, inspection and function tests
  • Planning the route before operating the Static Boom MEWP
  • Travel the route and manoeuvre the Static Boom MEWP
  • Setting up the Static Boom MEWP for work
  • Basic operational practice
  • Selection and use of fall arrest equipment

At the end of the practical training session, candidates are assessed following the IPAF practical test standards.

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Be aware of the relevant Health & Safety Regulations for MEWP operations
  • Be confident in accident prevention and control
  • Understand the needs regarding personnel protection
  • Know how to refer to the appropriate operating manual
  • Be able to drive the MEWP safely and manoeuvre the machine as required, including correct positioning and assigned tasks inside and outside a building.

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive the IPAF 1B 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 designed for operators of MEWPs, renewal of PAL cards, or for those looking to learn how to operate MEWPs.

Delegates who use, supervise, or manage powered access, including scissor lifts, self-propelled boom lifts, trailer-mounted boom lifts, and aerial work platforms.

Course Duration

This comprehensive one-day training prepares delegates to safely and responsibly work with Static Boom MEWPs. 

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 provide a National Insurance number and passport photograph for their Powered Access Licence (PAL) Cards on the day of training.  

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, which you can purchase 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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