We thought our lift industry clients may like to know that the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) offers an innovative distance learning programme.
The scheme has the goal of extending knowledge of lift and escalator engineering. Designed by the industry for the industry, the training sets out to address the challenges that have arisen through a lack of lift technology courses and the constantly evolving requirements associated with British and European standards.
Because the testing part of the programme is carried out completely via the internet, it makes the course accessible nationwide. Although there is one final invigilated end test which is done at a testing centre. Course materials are provided in offline formats though such as CDs and memory sticks for those who wish or need to study when not connected. The fact the course can be followed flexibly to fit in with work and other commitments makes it even more beneficial.
For those who pass, there is a LEIA Certificate of Achievement together with an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Certificate after ‘Managing Safely for LEIA’.
There are two courses this year, one starting on 1st May and the other on 1st September, and then there is another one in January 2017 starting on the 2nd, so if you are an employer you can spread your training costs. There are numerous subjects covered and any of them can be commenced on these start dates. The units include:
- Introduction to lift technology
- Fundamentals of lift technology
- Advanced lift technology – mechanical, electrical or hydraulic
- Electronic systems and controls for lifts
- Management of a lift / escalator contract –both commercial or site
- Escalators and Moving Walks
- IOSH Managing Safely for LEIA
- Stair lifts
Candidates must have an accessible email address for communication as well as access to a computer running Adobe Reader version 9 or above together with internet access for the computer marked assignments. LEIA says that around 10 hours of study per week will be required and that it is necessary to have a mentor to answer any queries.
LEIA members are able to benefit from preferential rates. More information can be found on the LEIA training pages.
Did you know…?
You can access the regular LEIA newsletter via their website and read all the back issues as well as the current issue in full.
The most recent issue of the newsletter announced the Liftex 2016 seminar programme. It runs over both days and includes a question and answer session with the panel. Looks to us like something quite unmissable if you’re in the industry.
Don’t forget, if you’re attending Liftex on 25th or 26th May, the team at Robert Gerrard will be on stand A10 ready to welcome you!