LEEA has launched the accredited training scheme to allow member companies that meet its standards to commercially offer a series of training courses for staff involved in the use or management of overhead lifting equipment, and display a logo promoting this.

LEEA has developed the following courses for the scheme: lifting and slinging, lifting equipment inspection, LOLER and PUWER, management of lifting and slinging and wire rope inspection. The courses are designed to last two and a half days. Other courses created by individual companies can also be accredited to the scheme, providing they are designed for users of overhead lifting equipment.

Mentor is offering a two-day lifting and slinging course.

To become an accredited company, LEEA members must meet the association’s standards on the qualifications and experience of trainers, training facilities and the quality of student assessment.

“The standard of training available on the market varies widely, and too often has very little impact on the skills of those taking part,” says Geoff Holden, LEEA chief executive.

“The LEEA’s accredited training scheme is therefore designed to offer independent verification that the company displaying the logo has met a range of standards that are critical in terms of the effectiveness of the courses being offered.”