LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) has launched a new Learning Management System that will transform the training experience for students preparing for the association’s Diploma qualification for the test, examination and maintenance of overhead lifting equipment. Providing more rigorous, flexible and engaging professional development, the LEEA Academy encompasses a range of delivery methods, including a new e-learning service that employs the latest 3D modelling and interactive techniques. The comprehensive range of options available also incorporates instructor-led practical training, and ‘blended learning’, which combines both e-learning and hands-on courses.
LEEA Academy e-learning can be accessed round-the-clock via PC, Mac, laptop or tablet. An extensive library of high quality, computer generated 3D images of equipment such as hoists and load lifting attachments has been created, making it easy for students to relate their learning to day-to-day working practices. In addition, fully interactive quizzes and revision assignments are used throughout each training course, providing students with immediate feedback on progress and helping to identify any gaps in their knowledge. Students work at their own pace, and benefit from access to a dedicated tutor and technical helpdesk. A new online learning community connects fellow students.
The LEEA Academy will replace the association’s existing online and distance learning courses, whilst complementing and supporting its extensive portfolio of instructor-led practical training. The ‘Part One Entrance Certificate’ course, comprising 28 separate modules, is the first to migrate to the new system. It will be joined by the ‘Lifting Equipment General Diploma’ course by the end of September, and all remaining courses by March 2016.
Originally established in the late 1950’s, LEEA Diploma examinations are taken by several hundred students every year, worldwide. Only successful candidates, employed by LEEA member companies, are entitled to carry the TEAM Card, the association’s registration scheme for appropriately trained and experienced overhead lifting equipment technicians and engineers.
“Around the world, more and more stakeholders are following the lead set by LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) in the UK, and demanding that all overhead lifting equipment is subject to periodic thorough examination by a competent person,” said Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA. “By making training more effective, rewarding and inspiring, the LEEA Academy will help attract and develop the skilled engineers needed to meet this global demand for a more professional approach to overhead lifting.”
Established in 1944, LEEA has over 800 member companies worldwide and campaigns vigorously for higher standards of safety and professionalism within the overhead lifting industry. Key services provided include training, accreditation and expert technical advice. Member companies are involved in the design, manufacture, hire, repair, refurbishment, test, examination, verification and use of lifting equipment. Applicants are subject to an initial technical audit before full membership is granted, and then to a continuing programme of assessments. For large scale users of overhead lifting equipment, associate membership provides benefits such as access to technical information and training, without the need for auditing.