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30 November 2007

PLASA gains approval to deliver qualifications

PLASA has been officially approved by EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL) to deliver qualifications, opening up the opportunity for the organisation to deliver any of the qualifications that sit within the EMTA portfolio.

PLASA is the only organisation in the sector to be promoted as a 'case study' by Creative and Cultural Skills (the Sector Skills Council) for the development of industry qualifications using National Occupational Standards.

Talks are being held with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) concerning PLASA being part of a government pilot initiative across all industry sectors, the purpose of which is to identify what employers really need from qualifications and how changes could be made to the current system to accommodate this.

Meanwhile, work on the National Rigging Certificate continues with the further development of the Level 1 element, covering new entrants and trainee riggers.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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