MEWP Training Courses Ireland

Manual Handling, MEWP & Safety Harness Training Courses in Armagh, Belfast, Dundalk Monaghan, and Dublin

Here at Procon Skyhire, our core values revolve around the safety of our clients, which is why we offer a range of training courses. Our courses will provide the fundamental training requirements to anyone wishing to operate or handle machinery, allowing them to conduct themselves using the utmost safest procedures, adhering to safety guidelines, and ensuring accountability for both themselves and others around them.

You can attend our training courses in one of our sites. Or if you’d prefer, we can come to you, as we also offer site visits.


Upcoming MEWP Training Courses Info – Ireland & Northern Ireland

Date Location Duration Places Price
28th August 2023 Armagh 1 day 6 £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT
28th September 2023 Belfast 2 days 8 £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT
28th October 2023 Monaghan 1 day 4 £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT
28th November 2023 Dundalk 2 days 10 £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT
28th January 2024 Dublin 2 days 12 £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT


Safety Training Courses in Ireland & UK - Procon Skyhire

Courses available:

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP)
Working at Heights
Safety Harness Training
Manual Handling

MEWP Training Courses NI & Ireland

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms Certification NI & Ireland

This course is for anyone who may be required to operate mobile elevating platforms (MEWPs). This course will train you to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs (cherry pickers, aerial lifts, or scissors lifts). The course includes both theory & practical elements, with tests being conducted for each.

Participants will receive a PAL card upon passing.

Working at Heights Training Courses

The working at heights training course covers the basic principles of health & safety, regulatory requirements, risk assessment procedures, fall protection equipment, ladder, scaffold & MEWP. The course provides the necessary information needed to be able to successfully deal with working at heights risk and control measures, from planning it to carrying it out with the correct equipment.

Safety Harness Training Courses

The aim of the Harness Safety training course is to ensure that anyone who uses safety harnesses and lanyards has a comprehensive understanding of the different types available, together with the appropriate Health and Safety knowledge involved in Safety Harness and Lanyards training.

If you’re working at height, it’s imperative you do all you can to keep safe and prevent the risk of injuries. A quality safety harness is key.

The Training course is applicable to construction companies, building owners, health & safety, maintenance & facilities personnel. In other words, anyone who works or is responsible for those working at height using personal fall protection that requires the use of harnesses and PPE.

Manual Handling Training Courses

This Manual Handling course is designed to teach the basics of moving and handling objects in the workplace safely to minimize incidences of MSDs, reduce the risk of injury to employees and increase productivity through absence avoidance. The course will develop your knowledge of manual handling and the practical steps that can be taken to minimise and control risks.

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the risk of injury associated with hazardous manual handling. Although manual handling training is not mandatory for all employees, the law sets out how employers must deal with the risks associated with manual handling through:

  • Avoiding hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Assessing the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
  • Reducing the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably practicable.

Procon Skyhire Safety Training Courses – Armagh, Belfast, Monaghan, Dundalk & Dublin.

Procon Sky Hire MEWP Training – Frequently Asked Questions

What is MEWP training?

Instructs a candidate to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs, also referred to as cherry pickers, aerial lifts or scissor lifts.

What is the difference between IPAF and MEWP?

MEWP operators specialise in different powered access platforms; operating scissor lifts and cherry pickers requires different skill sets and thus becoming familiar with each type of MEWP requires different training courses.

IPAF 1a focuses on static vertical lifts and 1b focuses on static boom lifts.

Do you need training to use a MEWP?

MEWP operators should have attended a recognised operator training course and received a certificate, card or ‘licence’, listing the categories of MEWP the bearer is trained to operate.

How much is an IPAF course?

To complete the IPAF course will cost £195 + VAT / €230 + VAT.

How long is the MEWP training course?

Depending on the training, courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory (unless eLearning has been completed beforehand) and practical with a written and a practical test. See the MEWP, MCWP and Construction Hoist courses page for more details.

What are the 2 basic types of MEWP?

MEWPs are available in two basic types:

  • boom (cherry pickers) and
  • vertical (scissor lifts)

What qualification do you need to use a MEWP?

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the leading authority for the safe use of powered access platforms for the construction industry around the world, and completion of its MEWP course will give operators a Powered Access Licence (PAL), which proves their competence to operate MEWPs.

Do you need a licence to drive a MEWP?

MEWP operators should have attended a recognised operator training course and received a certificate, card or ‘licence’, listing the categories of MEWP the bearer is trained to operate.

The expiry date of the training licence or card should be checked.

What are the most common MEWP accidents?

  1. Overturning: the machine may overturn throwing the operator from the basket;
  2. Falling: an operator may fall from the basket during work activities; and
  3. Collision: the vehicle may collide with pedestrians, overhead cables, or nearby vehicles.

Can you operate a MEWP alone?

No, you should never should a Mewp be used by a lone worker. Apart from the fact that machines break down and the operator could be stuck in the air, if the operator gets trapped between the basket and an overhead object there is a chance they will die if not recovered quickly.

Who needs MEWP Training?

Anyone operating a MEWP needs to have comprehensive training by law, as well as for the safety of all working near them.

Where does Procon Skyhire MEWP training take place?

Training Can be carried out on site or at one of our branches.

What is the wind limit for a MEWP?

All MEWPs designed for outdoor use have a maximum wind speed at which it’s safe to operate, usually 28 mph or 12.5 m/s (Beaufort scale 6).

What 3 manuals are required on MEWP?

All MEWPs should already have a manufacturer’s operating manual and an ANSI Manual of Responsibilities in a weather-resistant case on the machine. There may be other manuals provided by the manufacturer.

Can you exit a MEWP at height?

As a general rule, operators should only enter or exit the work platform at the starting level which will be near to the ground.

If the MEWP has an extending arm, they must also wear harnesses and remain clipped on, e.g. so that they cannot be thrown from the basket if it jerks when moving.

Is it a legal requirement to wear a harness in a MEWP?

The full body harness should be attached, via a lanyard, to a lanyard anchorage point. There are no current requirements by ANSI, CSA or OSHA requiring personnel to wear a fall protection device on scissor lifts or vertical masts.

What wind speed should you not use a cherry picker?

28 mph or 12.5m/s.

Is a scissor lift considered a MEWP?

Yes, a scissor lift is considered a MEWP.

Are lanyards required on scissor lifts?

Even when no harness is required on scissor lift, it’s a good idea to wear one out of caution. A harness and attached lanyard can provide a safety net for those working when no guardrail is in place, or when a guardrail is insufficient.

What lanyard should be used in a MEWP?

When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a lanyard short enough for the wearer to be restrained within the platform be used. The lanyard may contain an energy absorbing device, provided it is short enough to restrain the wearer within the platform.

How to Book A MEWP Training Course?

Please phone our helpful staff who will be pleased to give you further information and to help you to book your training course.