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MEWP Train-the-Trainer

ARA’s Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Train-the-Trainer program.

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Lead ARA’s MEWP Operator Training program

ARA’s MEWP Train the Trainer program qualifies professionals to train operators using ARA materials that satisfies OSHA requirements and the new ANSI A92 standards.

This program is available to certified MEWP operators (2 year minimum) that work for companies with an ARA membership.

In addition, anyone at least 20 years old, have the capacity to read and understand English, and are physically and mentally able to operate a MEWP is eligible to participate in ARA’s MEWP Train-the-Trainer program.


Our MEWP Training Program

The program is made up of two portions – a self-paced, online portion and an in-person, hands-on portion.

Online Training Course Modules

  • Train-the-Trainer Information
  • Introduction to MEWPs
  • Know Your Responsibilities
  • Identify the Right MEWP for the Job
  • MEWP Controls and Features
  • Manuals, Decals, Placards
  • MEWP Safety
  • Pre-Start Inspection & Function Check
  • Safely Operate a MEWP

In-person Training Components

  • Review material learned in online training portion
  • Understand role and responsibilities as trainer
  • Understand and initiate worksite hazard assessment
  • Become familiar with MEWP components and functionality
  • Practice operating MEWP and providing guidance as trainer
  • Complete hands-on evaluation
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The Benefits

The importance of training

Everyone who operates a MEWP is required to be trained according to federal regulations. ARA created the MEWP Train-the-Trainer program and MEWP Operator Training program so professionals can satisfy OSHA requirements and the new ANSI A92 standards.

This program is also compliant with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Completing this training will increase safety, reduce accidents, decrease downtime, and add more value for you, your staff, and your customers.

ARA’s MEWP training programs vs. other MEWP certifications and trainings?

ARA’s MEWP training programs are customized for the equipment rental industry. They are concise, engaging, and straightforward because the programs were designed with our members in mind.

We understand that working in equipment rental is a demanding job. Taking a few days off to complete training is not usually an option for rental staff.

ARA’s MEWP Train-the-Trainer program consists of 4-5 hours of a self-paced, online course and a 4 hour in-person training, making it an efficient and effective development opportunity for rental employees.

Earn revenue while training your customers

As a qualified MEWP trainer, you are able to lead ARA’s MEWP Operator Training program for your customers. This ARA offering will not only make it easy for you to meet these new ANSI A92 standards and keep your customers safe, but also bring in additional revenue while building better relationships with your renters.

You must complete ARA’s MEWP Train-the-Trainer program to train your customers. Apply to become an ARA Certified MEWP Trainer today!

Contact with any questions on this process.

Upcoming MEWP In-Person Train-the-Trainer Locations

As part of both programs, participants will complete the hands-on, in-person training portion in addition to the online, self-paced portion. Below are the available in-person trainings for the MEWP Train-the-Trainer programs led by an ARA instructor. MEWP Operator trainings are led by trained rental professionals. Contact your rental employer or a facility near you using to determine availability.

Did you know your State Association can also be a host for these trainings? Check here for these opportunities.

Don’t see a training event near you? Register to have an ARA instructor to host an in-person training at your facility.

Frequently asked questions

  • I want to become a MEWP Trainer. What is the process for registering for and completing the training (online and in-person).

    Register for an in-person training session ...

    • Step one: Complete the online application.
    • Step two: Your application will be reviewed and ARA will email you instructions on how to purchase the online (theory) course. This course must be completed 48 hours prior to the in-person, hands-on training.
    • Step three: Purchase the ARA Certified – MEWP Train-the-Trainer course. Log in to RentalU, select the ARA Certified programs button. Find the course you’re looking to purchase (ARA Certified - MEWP Train- the-Trainer) and complete the checkout process. You do not need a PayPal account to complete the transaction.
    • Step four: Complete the self-paced online (theory) course in RentalU. The online course will take you approximately 4 hours to complete.
    • Step five: Complete the in-person, hands-on training portion (4-5 hours).
  • What are the prerequisite requirements to become a MEWP Trainer?

    Be at least 20 years old ...

    • Be at least 20 years old at time of training (at least 18 years old plus 2 years of experience).
    • Work for a company with ARA membership.
    • Hold certification as a MEWP operator for at least two years, with no significant lapses in operating a MEWP during that time.
    • Have experience with the kind(s) of MEWP(s) used during the training.
    • Have sufficient knowledge of the regulations, manufacturer’s requirements, and safe use practices.
    • Have the ability to identify and avoid hazards associated with MEWPs and worksites.
    • Ability to speak and read in English.
    • Be physically capable of operating MEWPs and free from any disabilities, infirmities, or incapacities that could impede their ability to operate or train others in MEWP operation.
  • What do I need to complete before the in-person MEWP training portion?

    All learners must complete the self ...

    All learners must complete the self-paced online (theory) course that is available for purchase through RentalU. The course takes approximately 4 hours to finish and must be completed 48 hours prior to the hands-on training.
  • What do I need to bring and/or wear to the in-person MEWP training portion?

    All participants must bring the following ...

    All participants must bring the following:

    • Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE): safety harness and lanyard
    • Safety glasses
    • Close-toed shoes or boots
    • A pen or pencil
    • Driver’s license
    • Dress for anticipated weather conditions since the hands-on training will be outside (hat, sunscreen, raincoat, gloves, etc.)
  • After completing the training, when will I receive my MEWP Trainer card?

    Certification cards will be mailed to ...

    Certification cards will be mailed to participants within 3-4 weeks after completing the hands-on portion of the training. Questions or concerns regarding certification cards can be emailed to
  • I want to host an in-person MEWP training at my facility. Who should I contact?

    If you or your ARA state association ...

    If you or your ARA state association would like to host a MEWP training, please contact for more details.
  • I want to host an in-person MEWP training at my facility. What do I need to have on-site?

    In order to host a MEWP training ...

    In order to host a MEWP training, you must have the following at your facility:

    • Room for instruction
    • Tables and chairs for participants
    • A TV or screen for the presentation
    • AV cables to connect the presentation
    • Extension cord/power strip
    • A scissor lift and boom lift that have been inspected and are in good working condition.
  • Why should you offer MEWP Operator Training to your customers?

    As a MEWP Trainer you can provide ...

    As a MEWP Trainer you can provide and facilitate MEWP Operator training for your customers. Training your customers gives them the knowledge to operate your MEWPs safely, which decreases your liability. It also gives you an additional revenue source for your business.