The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has launched a significantly enhanced version of its globally recognised MEWPs for Managers training. The course isn’t about how to operate the machines, but is for those who plan, supervise or manage temporary work at height using powered access. For the first time it is available in eLearning.
Paul Roddis, Training Manager at IPAF, says: “MEWPs for Managers has received a major upgrade and it is now available as eLearning for the first time. This will make it very convenient for project planners, site managers and supervisors to fit this essential training into their busy schedules.
“The course has been overhauled to make it easier to directly apply the learning in the real world. The redesigned course considers the whole process of MEWP management, from selecting the right machine, properly training the operators and providing the right protections, through to organising safe delivery and collection of the plant to and from work locations. It’s very comprehensive.
“The course is both challenging and rewarding and is a must for all those who plan, supervise, manage or control the use of MEWPs in the workplace. It now utilises interactive 360-degree graphics and virtual scenarios that contextualise specific hazards and requires candidates to put various pieces of risk assessment and technical and safety guidance together to identify and control identified risks.
“This updated course, whether in the eLearning version or the tutor-led modules, promotes higher-order thinking skills and will aid retention of learning. The idea is that anyone who passes the course can take the key points straight into the workplace to instantly improve efficiency and safe working from day one.”
The eLearning version of the IPAF MEWPs for Managers course allows candidates to undertake the tuition in convenient sections and pass the online course at a time and place of their choosing, on compatible PCs and tablet devices. It utilises facial recognition across the online training and evaluation session to ensure the candidate’s identity and to prevent attempts to obtain the qualification fraudulently.
IPAF’s MEWPs for Managers course is essential for managers, supervisors and those planning MEWP operations around the world. It has been recognised as an important qualification for managers at all levels by the UK HSE. IPAF also offers the globally recognised PAL Card for MEWP operators, with almost a million valid cards in circulation worldwide, and now offers its PAL+ course for advanced operators using assessments on virtual reality simulators. To learn more or to find an IPAF-approved Training Centre near you, see www.ipaf.org/training