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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 37 countries.  They train approximately 150,000 employees around the world every year, in 9 languages.



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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 solution had to;

  • enable worldwide delivery of both face-to-face training and eLearning 
  • be translated into multiple languages
  • integrate into IPAF’S existing legacy systems
  • provide cutting edge training which was genuinely engaging and effective
  • measure effectiveness of training with big data
  • allow fast access to training records


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



Game-changing, high-impact, EFFECTIVE training

We transformed the existing theory training into an absorbing online eLearning module AND instructor-led course. Not only creating highly stimulating and engaging training, but a course that promotes skill acquisition and retention through active learning. We embraced cutting edge technology such as 360 interactive video, 3D animation, audio, activities, games and quizzes to maximise active learning and engage trainees. 


Utilising technology to revolutionise face to face training

Instead of relying on out-dated powerpoint presentations, our technology automatically creates a downloadable off-line version of the course for an instructor to present from. Interactive activities and audio are replaced with guides and demos. The instructor will automatically download the very latest verison of the course each time. 


Increasing the reach of the training with eLearning

The course is also available as an eLearning module, meaning trainees can access it directly on mobile devices, desktops or tablets and allowing them to learn in their own time and at their own pace. This increases the capacity of people who can access IPAF courses and reduced training time from 3hrs classroom to 1-1.75hrs online.


Taking their world-class training, global

Using our cloud-based LMS (Learning Management System), we enabled worldwide simultaneous delivery to unlimited numbers of users in multiple languages. Using Bolt's rapid translation solution, IPAF are expanding the number of languages their courses are available in.


Measuring effectiveness with big data

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


Rapid access to training records

Should an incident occur, IPAF can now access training records from specific training centres or eLearning trainees for necessary audits within hours.


Flawless integration

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.  IPAF have utilised cutting edge technology and modern educational theory to deliver a high-impact blended training solution, worldwide. Over £1m in operational costs have been saved enabling IPAF to divert funds to new safety initiatives.


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

The translation system is a game changer. A process that used to take up to 6 months now takes a few days. It is unique and highly valuable to any organisation that works internationally or that translates training for non-English speakers. - Paul Roddis, Training Manager


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