PAL+ is an optional, additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments.
What is in the PAL+ syllabus?
PAL+ includes a short, compact theory session and focuses on practical training, using large machines such as a scissor lift with a minimum of 10m working height and a boom with a minimum of 15m working height.
For example, one practical exercise focuses on work in confined overhead spaces; another practical exercise involves driving the machine on challenging terrain.
Candidates have to complete a theory test, a practical test and an individual interview.
What qualification does the course lead to?
Upon successful completion of the theory test, practical test and interview, operators will have the relevant categories added to their PAL Card, e.g. Static Vertical (1a+), Static Boom (1b+), Mobile Vertical (3a+) and Mobile Boom (3b+).
For how long is the qualification valid?
PAL+, like the PAL operator qualification, is valid for five years and must be renewed after that. Only those who have been filling out their log books (60 entries over 5 years, 10 of which should be in the final year prior to expiry) will be eligible for a PAL+ renewal test. Those who have not been filling out their log books will have to re-sit the PAL operator course and the PAL+ course again. All renewals must be done before the expiry date.
If you hold a valid PAL+ qualification, you do not necessarily need a PAL operator qualification for the same category. If you renew your PAL+ qualification, you do not need to renew your original PAL operator qualification when it expires. However, you must hold a valid PAL operator qualification when you originally take the PAL+ course.
Who should take the PAL+ course?
The course is aimed at trained operators who work in higher risk or challenging environments, e.g. steelwork, work in confined overhead spaces, work on challenging terrain. PAL+ training is open to operators who hold an existing PAL Card qualification in the relevant category.
What is the difference between PAL+ and PAL?
The IPAF PAL operator course is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 and meets all requirements for basic operator training. The PAL+ course is intended to be more advanced, challenging and extensive.
Will the “+” symbol be added to my existing PAL Card?
If you hold a valid PAL Card and successfully complete the PAL+ course, you will be issued a new card showing the relevant categories for which PAL+ was achieved. For example, if you hold a PAL Card for the categories 1a, 1b, 3a and 3b, and successfully complete PAL+ in the categories 3a and 3b, you will be issued a new card showing the categories 1a, 1b, 3a+ and 3b+.