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International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the globally recognised leader in powered access training and accreditation, working with 600 training providers in 34 countries.  They train approximately 150,000 around the world every year.


IPAF case study

The Challenge

To operate a powered access machine, you need to be properly trained and holding a valid Powered Access Licence (PAL Card) is proof of that training. This involves passing a theory and a practical test. The training is delivered at thousands of locations all over the world every day, so IPAF needed a centralised online system that would help deliver the theory aspect of the training. The online training had to meet rigorous training standards at every stage but also keep the training up to date.

The challenge was to develop online theory training that was both genuinely engaging and effective. We also needed to provide worldwide delivery to large numbers of trainees through their network of uniquely branded training centres. Additionally, the solution needed to be translated into multiple languages and integrate into IPAF’S existing legacy systems.




We transformed the traditional theory training into an absorbing online eLearning module and instructor-led course. Not only creating highly stimulating and engaging training, but a module that promotes skill acquisition and retention through active learning. The combination of video, audio, activities, games and quizzes engage the students and make them use the knowledge they gain. 

Using our cloud based LMS (Learning Management System) Spark, we enabled worldwide simultaneous delivery to unlimited numbers of users in multiple languages. Training can be accessed on mobile devices as well as desktops and tablets and allows students to learn in their own time and at their own pace. 

We also utilised big data techniques, analysing not only users’ results but also their interactions throughout the training to ensure the continued effectiveness and improvement of the course. 

Finally, the system is also integrated with IPAF’s existing card management system and can communicate with the systems employed by IPAF training centres, thanks to the Advanced Program Interface. 




Our elegant and simple training solution, to a complex challenge, has enabled this excellent organisation to further increase its influence in a significant industry. 

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What do they say about us?

IPAF is really now leading the way when it comes to online training; the module has met all our objectives. I’m very proud of what has been achieved.  Tim Whiteman, CEO

Bolt has revolutionised our training and systems, allowing us improve industry standards.  Giles Council, Director of Operations

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