What Is Required To Be an IPAF Trainer?

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If you’re looking to change career paths or even take the next step in your career, and you’ve seen us posting on our social media a lot about IPAF Trainer positions, let us explain to you what that is and whether you can apply for the positions available at Cooper Recruitment.

What is an IPAF Trainer?

An IPAF trainer is a specialised instructor certified by the International Powered Access Federation to deliver training programmes on safely operating powered access equipment, such as cherry pickers, scissor lifts and boom lifts. These trainers are crucial in promoting workplace safety and compliance with international standards for using such machinery. Their role encompasses not only imparting practical skills and theoretical knowledge but also instilling a rigorous safety mindset among operators. IPAF trainers are required to have a deep understanding of mechanical operations, safety regulations and effective teaching methodologies. Through structured courses and hands-on training sessions, they ensure that operators are fully equipped to handle equipment safely, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing efficiency on job sites.

What qualifications do you need to be an IPAF instructor?

To become an IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) trainer, certain qualifications are essential to ensure competence in delivering effective training on powered access equipment. These trainers are required to have a deep understanding of machine operation, safety regulations and instructional techniques. Here’s a breakdown of the specific qualifications needed:

  • Valid IPAF Operator Certificate: Demonstrates proficiency in operating powered access equipment.
  • Training Skills: Completion of a recognised instructor training course, such as the IPAF Instructor Course, to develop effective teaching methods.
  • Experience in Powered Access: Extensive hands-on experience with various types of powered access equipment.
  • Health and Safety Knowledge: Understanding of current health and safety legislation, best practices and risk assessment procedures.
  • Continuous Professional Development: Commitment to ongoing learning and staying updated with industry standards and innovations.

These qualifications ensure that IPAF trainers can provide high-quality, safety-focused training to operators, promoting safe work practices in the use of powered access equipment.

What are the duties of an IPAF Trainer?

As a trained IPAF instructor, there will be specific duties you will have to perform. These duties typically revolve around educating and certifying individuals on the safe operation of powered access equipment, such as scissor lifts and cherry pickers.

Responsibilities include delivering theoretical and practical training sessions, which encompass safety procedures, machine operation and emergency response techniques. They also assess participants’ competencies through practical tests and written exams to ensure they meet industry standards.

Additionally, IPAF trainers maintain training equipment, update course materials to reflect the latest safety regulations and best practices and often provide support and advice on safety management to organisations. Their ultimate goal is to enhance workplace safety by ensuring that operators are fully qualified and aware of the risks associated with operating powered access equipment.

IPAF Trainer tips

Here are a few tips from us here at Cooper Recruitment for those who are IPAF Trainers or for those who are looking to become one.

  • Remember this is an educational role – It is crucial to remember that this role is a teaching role, and it will require professionalism, a positive attitude and patience for those who are learning. Some candidates may find it difficult to learn if you aren’t making the process easy to understand and enjoyable.
  • Always keep on top of your industry knowledge – When teaching in this position, the likelihood is the candidates will have a variety of questions. Some of these questions could possibly cover topics you may not know about, so it’s vital to keep on top of your industry knowledge and latest developments within the industry to be able to answer these questions, should they arise.
  • Make sure you have all the right qualifications – This one is relatively obvious; you aren’t going to be able to teach if you don’t have the correct qualifications. You must ensure you have the right qualifications to ensure you will have the knowledge to complete the course to become an IPAF trainer.

Cooper Recruitment X GTAccess

If you have all the qualifications it takes to become an IPAF Trainer, then let us get on the exciting road to success here at Cooper Recruitment. With a selection of IPAF Trainer roles available with our partners at GTAccess, set in a variety of locations with some extensive company benefits and a great salary scale, it’s no wonder GTAccess is a popular choice for those looking to become IPAF Trainers.

Whether you’re looking to become an IPAF instructor or just simply looking for the next step in your construction career, then we can help you on that journey at Cooper Recruitment. To kick start your career you can call us on 0800 975 0079 or email us at info@cooperrecruitment.co.uk to speak to one of our friendly recruitment specialists.

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