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Welcome to PLASA

PLASA helps its members by providing solutions, guiding the industry and facilitating business growth. Our network of companies and individuals supply creative technologies and innovative services to the event, entertainment and installation industries worldwide. The association encourages knowledge sharing and best practice and aims to ensure that PLASA membership is a badge of accreditation. PLASA owns and manages the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus events, providing a showcase for the latest industry products, and publishes industry leading magazines LSi and LSA.

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PLASA 2016 is Refreshed and Refocused

The PLASA Show returns to the heart of London from 18-20 September! Its the 39th addition of this key event in the industry calendar and the aim is to make this a not-to-be-missed occasion. New features such as interactive sessions and live demos will be joined by the return of old favourites including the Innovation Gallery, showcasing the hottest new products, and the PLASA Show Bar for relaxed networking.

Olympia London is an iconic venue with a 126 years history and is surrounded by a huge choice of hotels, restaurants and bars, and, interestingly, is the only venue in London with its own dedicated rail station.

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PLASA launches National Event Lifting Certificate

PLASA has announced the launch of its new National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC), with the support of the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and key industry sponsors including the BBC, White Light and Britannia Row. NELC has been created to meet the needs of those working in the industry in disciplines other than Rigging, such as Lighting, Sound, Video or Scenery etc., who are called upon to carry out rigging tasks including lifting operations as part of their duties. It is also suitable for individuals wishing to be assessed for their skills within rigging, without undertaking Working at Height elements of the role and for candidates on PLASA's Trainee Rigger Programme who have no inclination or intention to work at height.

In developing NELC, PLASA worked in close collaboration with the NRAG, the representative body for the entertainment rigging industry in the UK. The group's membership covers all sectors within the industry including live events and festivals, concert touring, theatre, and film and broadcast. PLASA has over ten years' experience in developing and administering the National Rigging Certificate (NRC) - a successful, quality certification programme - and has issued over 600 certificates of competence to both Level 2 Riggers and Level 3 Rigging Supervisors to-date.

Experience has shown a qualification developed by and for an industry has greater relevancy and quality than one developed by government and imposed on industry. NELC is the next step in the development of relevant industry qualifications and sits alongside the National Rigging Certificate Level 2 in the PLASA qualifications suite.

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Become a Member

There are many reasons to join PLASA. Our members tell us that they want to be part of an established trade association with an international reputation that shares their commitment to promoting the highest possible standards of professional conduct within the entertainment technology industry.

PLASA membership gives companies and individuals in the sector a key advantage when operating in this highly competitive industry. As well as providing an extensive range of services and benefits, members can also be sure that their business and interests will be effectively represented worldwide.

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