IPAF launches online operator AWP training in US

By Lindsey Anderson01 March 2013

The International Powered Access Federation is launching an eLearning aerial work platform (AWP) training module for U.S. operators.

The course has successfully been tested by NES Rentals and IPAF members. NES Rentals has now officially trained most of its 1,040 staff to Pal Card levels. IPAF has been working on the eLearning platform for some time now, predating Terex Aerial Work Platforms' recent online operator training announcement.

“eLearning opens up alternative methods of delivering education and takes the AWPT training program to a new level,” said IPAF president Wayne Lawson. “It provides a new way for training centers to reach greater numbers, but does not replace practical training. It enriches the learning process and allows us to bring the safe and effective use of AWPs to a wider public.”

Trainees who complete the online session must still pass a supervised theory test at an AWPT-approved training center in the U.S. and must successfully complete a half-day of practical training and testing before being issued with a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration) as proof of successfully completed AWPT operator training.

“With our new eLearning module, trainees can complete the theory (traditional classroom) part of the AWPT course online at their own pace at any time of the day or night", said Tony Groat, AWPT executive vice-president, "hey use the same material as in a classroom session and learn the same skills”.

The AWPT operator training program meets or exceeds all ANSI standards and OSHA requirements. It is based on the IPAF training program which is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878 and requires that training centers are subjected to initial, annual and unannounced audits as part of the quality management system.

AWPT instructors are certified and undertake on-going professional development which includes free annual updates to the training materials and use of a central register of trained cardholders.

AWPT-approved training center NES Rentals has trained all its employees via the eLearning module. The majority passed the theory test and more than 1,000 of them have continued with the practical training and testing to receive their PAL Card.

In the final part of the trial, NES Rentals is taking bookings from members of the public for the eLearning module during March, which will be followed by a half-day practical evaluation session available on the afternoon of March 25 and on the morning of March 27 in Miami, coinciding with the IPAF Summit and International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) taking place on March 26.

Places are limited and must be booked at www.ipaf.org/eLearning or www.awpt.org/eLearning. Attendance at the IPAF Summit is free and is open to all interested parties. Register in advance at www.iapa-summit.info

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