The PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) is recognised worldwide across industries as proof of platform operator training to the highest standard.
It is issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to platform operators who successfully complete a training course at an IPAF-approved training centre.
The PAL Card is valid for five years. It shows the date on which the holder was assessed and the expiry date by which re-training would be needed.
It shows the types of equipment that the holder has been trained to operate.
It shows the level to which the holder has been trained, e.g. operator, demonstrator and instructor.
It has security features including a holographic logo and the holder's photograph and signature to prevent mis-use.
Who needs a PAL Card?
If you need to work at height and use access equipment:
IPAF believes that you should receive basic training.
In addition to your main job, e.g. electrician, painter, decorator, cleaner, you will acquire a new skill.
Platforms are designed to be easy to use and offer a safe way to work at height, but with basic training you will use the equipment more effectively and safely.