IPAF Categories

Don’t know which IPAF training course is right for you?

Looking for IPAF Training but not sure which category of machinery is right for you?

IPAF’s MEWP Operator Training is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.  IPAF MEWP, courses, if passed will qualify you for a Powered Access Licence (PAL Card), which is globally recognised and proof that you have been trained to the highest standard.

The IPAF Training operator courses instructs a candidate to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs, also referred to as cherry pickers or scissor lifts. Categories that we deliver include Static Boom (1b), Mobile Vertical (3a) and Mobile Boom (3b)

Static Boom (1b): Static booms, trailers/push-arounds, vehicle-mounted platforms.

Mobile Vertical (3a)  Scissor lifts, vertical personnel platforms (mobile)

Mobile Boom (3b): Self-propelled boom lifts

Our most popular course is the IPAF 3a & 3b course, which includes both the 3a & 3b categories of MEWPS completed on the same day.

PAL Card and certificate are issued to the candidate on successful completion of the course and assessment. The PAL Card is valid for five years (depending on previous training dates on the PAL Card).

Please use the photo above to ensure you Book onto the course for the machines you use.


citb grant funding

CITB Grant Rates have now DOUBLED for Short Duration Training Courses!

As of 1st April 2023, CITB Grant rates will be doubled for short courses. If you are a CITB Levy Payer, you can now receive up to £240 for short training courses achieved from 1 April 2023.For more information on the CITB Levy system follow this link https://www.citb.co.uk/levy-grants-and-funding/citb-levy/

Below we have the courses that are eligible for CITB Grant Funding, with the Grant amount listed next to it.

Abrasive Wheels– £60

Asbestos Awareness-£60

CAT & Genny (Full Day)-£140

Confined Space Entry-£60

IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers-£60

IPAF Operator(IPAF 3a & 3b, 1b)-£140

Street Works 5 Day Course Operaitve– £240

Street Works 5 Day Supervisor-£240

Street Works Refresher Operative-£120

Street Works Refresher-Supervisor-£120

PASMA Towers for Users-£140


SMSTS Refresher-£120


SSSTS Refresher-£70

To take advantage of this change, just let Safety Training Solutions know that you are eligible to receive the CITB Grant payment. If you supply us with your CITB Levy number, we will process the CITB Grant claim within two weeks of you attending the course. This is included in this excerpt from the CITB

You should make your application through the ATO in the Construction Training Directory (External link – Opens in a new tab or window), supplying them with the relevant details of the person attending the course and your 7-digit CITB registration number.

When an individual has completed the course, the provider will update the Construction Training Register and you should automatically receive the grant payment.

Book now for April onwards to take advantage of these new grant rates


Construction workers told to get an SVQ or get off site!

Do you have an expiring CSCS Card?

CSCS Cards will not be automatically renewed in 2025

The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) will cease renewing industry accreditation cards from 30th June 2024. In addition, cards issued from 1st of January 2020 will expire on 31st December 2024 and will not be renewed.

According to CSCS, there are 60,000 workers in construction that currently hold a card on the strength of employer recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification. These are the people being targeted by the ending of so-called grandfather rights

Those seeking to renew their CSCS card will have to reapply for new cards in 2024 and demonstrate their credentials by acquiring an appropriate Scottish Vocational Qualifications or other recognised qualification. You don’t have to go back to school, but you will need to be assessed by an independent assessor for a period of time, for which full funding is available for almost all of  the SVQs we assess.

If you are looking for a Green Labourer’s CSCS Card or, all you have to do is complete an IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers course with us then complete a HS&E Touchscreen test at a Pearson Vue Test Centre. Send proof of passing both of these to CSCS and they will produce the card.

To make sure you complete your SVQ in time for the expiry date, call us now on 01349862226 or email info@sts-scotland.co.uk to get started!