Frequently Asked Questions
Where are Access Services Scotland based?
Access Services Scotland are located in Coatbridge, approx. 20 minute drive from Glasgow. We offer training at or dedicated training centre or at your location.
What is IPAF and PASMA training?
IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) training are programs designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to safely operate powered access equipment and work with mobile access towers, respectively.
Why should I consider IPAF and PASMA training?
IPAF and PASMA training are essential for anyone working with powered access equipment or mobile access towers. They ensure your safety and the safety of others, reduce the risk of accidents, and help you comply with industry regulations.
Who should attend these training programs?
Anyone who operates, supervises, or manages powered access equipment (IPAF) or mobile access towers (PASMA) should attend the respective training programs. This includes construction workers, maintenance personnel, and contractors.
What types of equipment are covered under IPAF training?
IPAF training covers a wide range of powered access equipment, including scissor lifts, boom lifts, cherry pickers, and more. The training teaches participants how to operate these machines safely and efficiently.
What does PASMA training involve?
PASMA training focuses on the safe assembly, use, and dismantling of mobile access towers, such as scaffold towers. Participants learn about tower components, stability, and proper working procedures.
Is the training centre accredited?
Yes, our training centre is accredited by IPAF and PASMA. We maintain high standards of training delivery and ensure that our instructors are certified to provide quality instruction.
How long is the training program?
The duration of IPAF and PASMA training programs varies based on the type of course. Typically, IPAF courses range from one to two days, while PASMA courses are usually one day long.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion?
Yes, participants who successfully complete the training program will receive a certificate or licence card from IPAF or PASMA, demonstrating their competence in operating powered access equipment or working with mobile access towers.
Are there any prerequisites for the training?
For IPAF training, participants should have a basic understanding of operating powered equipment. PASMA training does not typically have specific prerequisites, but a basic level of fitness and an understanding of working at heights are beneficial.
Is there a validity period for the training certificate?
Yes, both IPAF and PASMA certificates have a validity period. IPAF certificates are usually valid for five years, while PASMA certificates are typically valid for three to five years. Refresher courses are available to renew certificates.
Do I need to bring any personal protective equipment (PPE)?
Yes, participants are required to bring their own PPE, including a hard hat, safety boots, and appropriate clothing. PPE may be provided by the training center, but it’s advisable to bring your own. Please make us aware in advance if you require PPE.
How do I book a training course?
You can book a training course by contacting our training center directly via phone, email, or through our website. Our staff will guide you through the registration process and provide you with the necessary details.
Is there an exam during the training?
Yes, both IPAF and PASMA training programs typically include a theory test and a practical assessment to ensure participants have understood the content and can apply it effectively.
Can the training be customised for our company's specific needs?
Yes, we offer customised training solutions for companies with specific requirements. Our training centre can work with you to tailor the training content to match your industry and workplace needs.
Remember that these FAQs provide general information about IPAF and PASMA training. For specific details about courses, schedules, and other inquiries, please contact our training centre directly.