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IPAF - Site Assessment (for MEWP Selection)


Site assessment requires in-depth knowledge and skills to be able to make critical safety and production decisions, and working at height poses some of the most dangerous challenges to plan and manage. Choosing the correct Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) is one such task that requires skills and knowledge that must come from accredited training. Trained operators and managers can then feel confident that they are capable of selecting the right platform for the job and so reducing risk, preventing accidents and increasing productivity and efficiency.

This IPAF Site Assessment for MEWP Selection certification delivers a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements of working with MEWPs. It is designed to teach delegates to understand and account for the many considerations they must take on board when selecting equipment to work at height.

Course Outline

In this theory-only course made up of exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer information and general knowledge of MEWPs and guide delegates through the process of appropriate MEWP selection. 

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

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

Course Programme

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

The course content includes:

Best practice and industry guidance on subjects including:

  • Height, reach, up-and-over height,
  • The weight of people
  • All required materials and tools
  • The environment the MEWP is working in
  • Any restrictions or hazards
  • Selected MEWP set-up and disassembly
  • MEWP accessories
  • All permits and documentation required to justify the selection
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 selecting appropriate MEWP equipment
  • Understand the needs regarding personnel protection
  • Know how to refer to the appropriate operating manual

Successful candidates will receive the IPAF Site assessment qualification and an IPAF Certificate of Training. This course qualification has no expiry date. 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:

  • Working for rental companies who need to assess powered access equipment on a client’s behalf
  • Who needs skills and understanding to select which kind of MEWP to rent or hire for the work they are doing - supervisors and managers
  • Working as safety professionals who need to assess whether or not the platform being used is appropriate for the working at height task
Course Duration

This comprehensive half-day training prepares delegates to safely and responsibly site assess when working with 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 hold a valid IPAF PAL Card for operator training or an IPAF MEWPs for Managers qualification.  

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, this is a theory course only, with an exam on completion.

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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