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PLASA National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC)

The National Event Lifting Certificate has been developed by PLASA in response to industry demand for a competence indicator for people carrying out lifting operations. Most employers know the LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it. LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

Since the launch of the PLASA National Rigging Certificate in 2008, an industry standard has existed for riggers to be able to demonstrate their competence, but for people who may only carry out rigging as part of their duties and who do not climb, no qualification has previously been available. With the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, PLASA have created the National Event Lifting Certificate a new competence qualification for the industry.

Important note:

  • Just like the NRC, the National Event Lifting Certificate is not a training course. As it is a one day assessment of existing competence it should only be taken by people with previous training and experience.

The National Event Lifting Certificate consists of five mandatory units:

  • Maintain Effective Relationships at Work

  • Contribute to Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risk to Health and Safety

  • Rigging Installation

  • Rigging Operations


Each unit consists of both Knowledge and Performance requirements taken directly from National Occupational Standards.

We are currently taking registrations of interest.

To register your interest in the NELC, please complete and submit the contact form below:

For more information, please contact Helen Willis, T: 01323 524148