IPAF’s PAL card continues to be accepted by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Government bodies following a statement by the Strategic Forum noting that members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have decided to specify and promote occupational card schemes carrying the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo.
Under the CLC policy, some sites – notably those funded by public procurement – will specify that individuals must prove they have the agreed standard of qualification and skill for their trade/profession by producing a card with a CSCS logo on it. Most PAL card holders will already hold an occupational skill card relating to their particular trade/profession, an electrician or steelworker for example, and will therefore be unaffected by the new policy. The PAL card will continue to be accepted and/or required as proof that the holder has successfully completed appropriate training in the safe use of aerial work platforms and mast climbing work platforms across the UK.
The UKCG has confirmed to IPAF that: “The PAL card continues to be recognised by UKCG members as proof of successful completion of appropriate training to operate MEWPs.”
There are currently more than 350,000 valid PAL cards in the UK, with all new cards issued as machine-readable
Smart PAL cards. All PAL cards can be verified online at: www.ipaf.org/checkpal