The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has concluded an agreement with US based United Rentals, which will allow it to provide IPAF certified aerial work platform training through its United Academy.
The aerial lift programme at the United Academy includes eLearning coursework and practical testing at United Rentals’ locations. Senior training managers from United worked with IPAF to align the company’s training content with the internationally accepted IPAF operator courses.
As part of the accreditation process, IPAF audited several of United Rentals’ more than 500 North American locations where hands on trainee testing takes place. As a result United Rentals has been approved to display the IPAF Certified Training logo within its work platform training descriptions and materials.
Candidates successfully completing IPAF certified training through the United Academy will be issued a special United Rentals Card, which will certify them as having passed a course that is very closely aligned with IPAF’s training courses.
IPAF chief executive Tim Whiteman said: “United Rentals has a long history of taking the lead with safety and supporting IPAF in our efforts. It is extremely encouraging that the largest powered access rental company in the world has underpinned the quality of its training by partnering with IPAF in this way.
“We hope other IPAF member companies will explore similar partnerships to further emphasise the importance of quality training and IPAF’s global mission to promote the safe and effective use of powered access to conduct temporary work at height.”
Ebbe Christensen of ReachMaster and chairman of IPAF’s North American Regional Council, added: “This visionary agreement will mark the beginning of a new era for IPAF in North America and no doubt spearhead an expansion of IPAF activities here. It will bring significant awareness of the IPAF mission to a market that employs 40 percent of the world’s aerial work platforms, underlining the need for approved training programmes, and this agreement is a great step forward.”