IPAF extends its eLearning programme to China
25 October 2023
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has launched its eLearning programme for MEWP operators in China.
The extended service was announced at the International Rental Conference Asia and Apex Asia show, currently taking place in Shanghai, China.
MEWP manufacturers Sinoboom and Haulotte Shanghai have already signed up as the first supporters of the programme and were at IPAF’s APEX Asia booth for the a signing ceremony.
IPAF, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is offering its Chinese eLearning programme via the Chinese WeChat app. It allows users to access training anytime and anywhere, enabling users to train at their own pace.
As manufacturing supporters, Sinoboom and Haulotte will provide a QR code on the chassis of all new equipment in the country, allowing operators to easily access the programme.
IPAF CEO and Managing Director Peter Douglas said, “China is the fastest-growing equipment market in the world, with a huge rental fleet comprising hundreds of thousands of machines, as well as nearly five million MEWP operators.
“A growing sector naturally means more operators, and it is very important to us that industry colleagues are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe and work effectively.
“We hope that extending this training to China will herald a new era of safety in the country’s powered access sector.”
The MEWP Operator programme is available for all MEWP categories (1a, 1b, 3a, 3b) and takes around three hours to complete. The eLearning is broken down into manageable sections, with first three modules currently being offered free of charge at the point of registration.
IPAF said the remote learning tool offers the same high-quality theory training as in the classroom and can be completed on a range tablets and computers equipped with a camera. The eLearning system also utilises facial recognition to confirm the candidate’s identity and prevent fraudulent qualifications.
IPAF China Regional Manager Tim Mo said, “Offering the training in Chinese will help to ensure that the important safety principles covered by the programme are fully understood and embedded in the workforce.
“As the Chinese equipment market continues to grow, it is essential that industry takes a lead in ensuring safety and providing access to high-quality training.
“Members of the global workforce are positive about IPAF’s training, with more than 500 new learners signing up each week. We hope this trend will continue in China thanks to this new training provision.”
Alongside the new eLearning provision, IPAF currently has 10 approved training centres in China, and hopes the new online provision will encourage more to open in the next five years.
In addition to Chinese, the IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning training course is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
For more information about IPAF’s e-learning programmes, visit https://www.ipaf.org/en/ipaf-elearning