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3/5/2010 - SIA Announces Mast Climbing Training


Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold Industry Association (816) 595.4860
Scaffold Industry Association and International Powered Access Federation announce joint agreement to offer Mast Climbing Training
Kansas City, MO - Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) and International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) signed an agreement that will allow SIA to become an AWPT approved training Center and offer the AWPT Mast Climbing training program through SIA's current Accredited Training Institutes (ATI).  The Mast Climbing training provides instructions for mast climber demonstrators, mobile operators, installers and advanced installers who will receive the internationally recognized PAL card as proof of successful completion of training.
"On behalf of the SIA and ourAlliance with IPAF, we are pleased to have produced this momentous partnership. A vehicle consisting of curriculum and training so urgently needed in the Mast Climbing sector of our industry.  We now have that direct vehicle to reach all demographics of users through the existing tentacles of the SIA Accredited Training Institutes throughout North America,"said Bill Breault, SIA President.
"IPAF welcomes SIA's endorsement of the AWPT mast climbing training program. The use of mast climbers is growing rapidly and the adoption of this training program will help keep this sector safe and productive. We look forward to developing this training through the SIA's Training Institutes, " said Tony Groat, AWPT Executive VP.
Trainer classes will start in early May. If you would like more information about becoming an SIA ATI Mast Climbing trainer, or would like to get trained in using Mast Climbing equipment, please contact SIA's Director of Education and Training, Granville Loar directly at (816) 595.4860.
About the SIA
The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SIA promotes safety, training and
a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access industry. The SIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SIA ASC A92 standards. For more information, call (816) 595.4860 or visit the official SIA website at
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