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 1200 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.
PLASA is actively involved in the development of standards and directives worldwide. In North America, PLASA leads the ANSI accredited Technical Standards Program which is responsible for developing standards and recommended practices that facilitate the use of new and existing equipment and promote safe working conditions in the industry. Under the TSP, PLASA facilitates a number of industry-led working groups focusing on camera cranes, control protocols, electrical power, fog and smoke, followspot position, performance floors, photometrics, rigging and stage lifts.
In Europe, 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.
To ensure the association meets the needs of the regional markets, its skills delivery has followed two paths.
In North America, the Entertainment Technician Certification Program delivers rigorous assessments for professional technicians, awarding certifications to entertainment electricians, arena riggers and theatre riggers. Over 1605 certifications have been issued.
In Europe, riggers 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 to date, over 660 riggers have registered for the NRC.
Both systems are supported by the industry and endorsed by a range of influential organizations and venues.
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 Earls Court, 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, together with the quarterly journal Protocol.
PLASA is a member of the following organizations
World-Entertainment Technology Federation (World-ETF)