NES to offer IPAF training for aerial equipment operators

NES Rentals Holdings Inc. announced that they have become an AWPT Training Center in the Chicago market and will offer operator training based on the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training program.

Des Plaines, Ill., January 6, 2009—NES Rentals Holdings Inc. announced that they have become an AWPT Training Center in the Chicago market and will offer operator training based on the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training program.

NES’ first AWPT Training Center opened in Des Plaines, Ill. to serve the greater Chicago area. The training center offers customer training and will conduct operator training for all branch employees who operate or occupy aerial devices.

Said AWPT’s Tony Groat, “The IPAF program is unlike any other operator training program in the industry. While both IPAF and AWPT are dedicated to providing comprehensive training in the safe use of aerial work platforms and mast climbing work platforms, neither organization performs the actual training. Training is done by those members of IPAF, like NES, who have met stringent requirements and are certified as Authorized Training Centers. We provide them with the training materials, then follow up and monitor the way the actual training is conducted. It’s the only program available that has checks and balances to assure a consistent implementation of the training.”

In addition to NES, there are three other AWPT Training centers located in the Chicago area including those operated by Skyjack, the Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union 73 and the Construction Safety Council.

AWPT is the subsidiary of IPAF that administers IPAF’s North American Training program. The IPAF program meets the demands of both U.S. and Canadian legislation and has been independently audited by TUV, the leading German and international standards accreditation organization, as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004.

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