The UK's inspection scheme for inflatable play equipment

PIPA Operator Training Course

Launched 1st January 2024

The PIPA Operator Training Course provides operators of inflatable devices with the underpinning knowledge required to safely operate and supervise an inflatable.

As part of Health & Safety law, you & your employees must be suitably trained to not only supervise users, but also ensure equipment is safe to use. The PIPA Operator Training Course provides you with the theory and practical demonstration to help you to show you meet this requirement. This training can be completed by anyone who is new to the industry, to long-standing members who want to support their evidence to show they operate in a safe manner.

To find out more about the course and the learning outcomes, please read our attendee information pack.

The PIPA Operator Training Course is provided through accredited PIPA Accredited Trainers. The accredited trainers are experienced PIPA inspectors, who have completed the additional training to become accredited to provide our operator training course.

The course has been developed with a number of feedback mechanisms to underpin training and ensure training is high quality:

  • Trainers are accredited by PIPA to ensure they have received the necessary training to help support your learning journey
  • Robust governance procedures to ensure the training venues being used are suitable
  • Feedback mechanisms to ensure trainers are completing the necessary steps
  • The two assessments are independently marked and verified to bring an additional layer of security to the course

The addition of ongoing monitoring and scrutiny of trainers, and indepent marking of assessments, helps to provide assurance to all stakeholders in the industry and your end-user, that you have completed the necessary training.

What's included?

  • Course Content
    • Online Pre-Reading Module
    • In-Person Training Day with accredted trainer
  • Assessment
  • Manual Handling E-Learning Module (*When available)
  • Certificate
  • ID Badge
  • A listing on the PIPA Operator Register once you have successfully completed the training and assessment

How to enroll onto the operator course

Step 1: Read the PIPA Operator Course Attendee Pack. This provides a complete overview about what the course includes, what you will learn from it and how it will be delivered and assessed.

Step 2: Complete the PIPA Pre-Reading Online Module on the PIPA Learning Hub. Keep hold of your confirmation for the next step.

Step 3: Contact your nearest accredited trainer and show them your confirmation of completing the pre-reading online module. The accredited trainer will provide you with the details and dates of their available courses and how to book.

Note: The Pre-Reading module on the learning hub must be completed prior to attending the in-person training day. You must attend the in-person training day within 12 months of completing the pre-reading module.

PIPA accredited trainers will set their own pricing of the course, however PIPA has suggested a recommended retail price of £210.00 per person.

Training Events + Dates

A list of upcoming training events + dates can be found here

PIPA Operator Course Accredited Trainers

The following PIPA Inspectors are accredited to provide the PIPA Operator Training Course, and have chosen to have their details published.

Adam George - Inflatable Testing Wales
01792 830000

Billy Collins - Scotbounce Ltd
01416 347854

Chris Ball - A1 Weymouth Bouncy Castles
0782 451 3609

Chris Keen - AAA Inflatables Ltd
0800 0437620

Darko Budin - Active Inflatables

Gary Bonehill - GSB Inflatable Inspections
07928 678577

James Murphy - Norfolk Inflatables

Nicola Tinson - 1-2-3 Bounce

Paul Quaif - P&J Entertainment Ltd
07966 375570

Peter Grand - Inflatable Testing & Training Services

Samantha Smith - Samantha Smith Inflateble Testing

Stephen Welling - Sport and Leisure Services Ltd
07542 372445 / 01985 988085

Tom Davis - IRIS Sales
01243 774455