National Event Lifting Training (NELT) is a training programme for professionals who select and use lifting equipment commonly found in the event and entertainment industries. It ensures that trainees understand their role and responsibilities when working onsite and recognise the importance of working alongside NRC qualified riggers.
NELT has been developed by members of the live production and rigging industries with the aim to improve safe working practices associated with lifting operations.
Who is NELT for?
NELT is designed for those who select and use lifting equipment at ground level for lighting, audio, AV and scenic departments, including professionals who work in production, venue management.
What does NELT involve?
Taking place across three days at a PLASA NELT Centre, an approved NELT trainer will observe the trainee across a series of practical activities carried out at ground level and will offer guidance on how to establish a cohesive and safe working partnership with NRC riggers.
The syllabus, developed with the Live Event Production Group, includes a course workbook which will be provided prior to the course start date so the trainee can familiarise themselves with the content in advance. It includes questions that are asked during the course and should be completed by day three of the program.
What is the result of the training?
Once trainees have completed all the requirements of the three-day course they will receive a certificate of successful completion and will be listed on the PLASA website. All attendees will receive confirmation of their attendance. The listing will be seen by potential employers, venues and clients who are looking for those who have undertaken NELT.
Here’s what some Encore technicians had to say about their NELT training:
“The course content and quality of the training was absolutely fantastic”
“I’ve learned how we can eliminate risks and make the work environment a safer place”
“It was a huge learning curve for me and I now understand shifting of loads and impact on trusses”
Do I need any experience?
Some experience working in the live events or broadcast industry is strongly recommended but not essential.
Trainees are required to:
- be 18 or over
- have training / skills / experience in manual handling
- have a passport card from one of the approved providers
How much does NELT cost?
NELT costs £218 + VAT to enrol which is paid to PLASA, plus £600 paid to the training centre* when you are ready to book. The total fees cover the workbook, full training and course materials as well as the certificate and an ongoing listing on the PLASA website on successful completion. PLASA Members can access preferential rates.
*Subject to terms and conditions and VAT
Will I have to renew my certificate?
The NELT certificate is valid for five years. This is to maintain the integrity and relevance of the training scheme. The renewal will require evidence of your continued work experience and may include updates in the case of changes in legislation, equipment or industry good practice.
When can I start?
The blue panel has current centres and available dates. Once you have enrolled and received your NELT workbook you have two years in which to undertake your training.
Training Centres and Dates
UK Rigging – Bolton
8-10 May 2024
1-3 Oct 2024
Rigging Team – Stevenage
Contact PLASA +44 (0) 1323 524120
13-15 February 2024
21-23 May 2024
13-15 August 2024
12-14 November 2024
Production Services (PSI)– Northern Ireland
Centres reserve the right to cancel dates booked for training but will offer alternative dates. All training is subject to terms and conditions.
Approved Health & Safety courses
Before applying, all applicants must attend a one-day industry related health and safety, or an online version, by an approved provider. By holding one of these courses it allows more time for the practical element of the NELT training.