Mobile Access Training

Mobile access or mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) are a types of ‘plant’, or equipment that facilitate working at height. They consist of a working platform on an extending structure and chassis, with controls for operation.

There are two basic types of mobile access – ‘booms’, such as cherry pickers, which have both static and mobile forms; and ‘verticals’, such as scissor lifts, that can also be static or mobile, making mobile access for operatives a safer task.

MEWP Training
BITA Categories
3b Self Propelled/ 1b Static Articulating Boom (Cherry Picker)
3a Self Propelled/ 1a Static Vertical Lift (Scissor Lift)

Course content

  • Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98
  • Operators Safety code
  • Ground Conditions
  • Selection, Inspection, & Use of Harness and Other PPE
  • Operating In Different Environments
  • Rescue Plan & Emergency Lowering
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Risk Assessment
  • Basic Principles of Stability
  • Pre & Post Use Checks
  • Safe Access & Egress
  • Safe starting, manoeuvring and stopping
  • Awareness of the working area
  • Accurate use of the hydraulic controls
  • Judgement of speed, space and height from the carrier
  • Isolation of work area
  • Park and Secure MEWP

Course assessment

  • Theoretical assessment of 5 open and 20 multiple choice questions, which can be conducted orally where language barriers or literacy difficulties exist.
  • Practical Test of basic operating skills, confirming skills taught on the Forklift training course

Course certification

  • ITSSAR accredited certificate
  • TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) registration
Course Duration Candidates
Novice 1 – 2 days max 4
Experienced Operator 1 days max 4
Safety Refresher 1 day max 4
Conversion 1 day max 4
Familiarisation 0.5 day max 4
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