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PLASA in Profile

PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries.

The association, which operates from offices in Europe and North America, has over 425 members and acts as the worldwide voice for the industry, providing a wide range of business resources, technical support and commercial benefits to its members.

PLASA is also an effective lobbyist on a range of issues, working in partnership with the industry to campaign against government and regulatory decisions that negatively impact on the sector. In many of its campaigns and consultations it has achieved real change and created greater awareness and understanding of the industry.

The organization works closely with the BSI in the UK and CENELEC in Europe to support the development of standards for the industry. At a worldwide level, PLASA is a key contributor to the development of ISO international standards and has numerous representatives sitting on standards-making bodies.

The association also actively monitors the work of other relevant regulatory agencies throughout the world, providing members with advice on compliance, as well as guidance on wider technical developments and routes to best practice.

On the skills and certification front, the association is actively leading the development of qualifications across the industry, providing recognition for existing skills, improving levels of safety and defining the benchmark for best practice.

Riggers can take the National Rigging Certificate (NRC) - a qualification that allows riggers to demonstrate they've attained a professional standard within their chosen rigging discipline. The qualification meets rigorous standards and 470 people have achieved NRC Level 2 and 215 NRC Level 3. There are currently 154 currently registered to take the NRC assessment.

The NRC is supported by the industry and endorsed by a range of influential organizations and venues.

More recently PLASA launched the Trainee Rigger Scheme for those seeking a career in the industry and the National Event Lifting Certificate aimed at those working in disciplines other than rigging.

A core part of PLASA's strategy is the development of a strong commercial model, so the association has two industry-focused commercial divisions:

PLASA Events is the exhibition and events arm of PLASA, producing a portfolio of events for the entertainment, events and installation industries, including the internationally respected PLASA Show, which takes place annually at ExCeL, London, and a series of regional events under the PLASA Focus banner.

PLASA Media publishes the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International and Lighting&Sound America.

PLASA is a member of the following organizations

National Skills AcademyNational Skills Academy


World-Entertainment Technology Federation (World-ETF)World-Entertainment Technology Federation (World-ETF)