Landbased Technician Accreditation – Ten Years On
2017 marks the tenth anniversary since the introduction of the Landbased Technician Accreditation (LTA) Scheme which now has over 3000 industry members registered within it. To celebrate this achievement, the industry led Landbased Education Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC), who oversees the management of the LTA scheme is introducing a range of improvements designed to meet the requirements of the industry and those running LTA schemes.
The LTA Scheme assesses the qualifications and training for technicians and according to the training credits achieved nominates them as an Intermediate, Advanced or Master Technician. Currently there are around 60 Master Technicians working across a range of leading manufacturers out of the 3000 or so registered with LTA at the different tiers.
Key changes to LTA include
1. LTA approved schemes now have devolved powers to accept technician’s credentials and fast track their LTA applications, reducing administration time and expense.
2. Collection of LTA fees can be undertaken directly by the LTA administrators, reducing administration time for scheme operators.
3. The mandatory sequential progression through the LTA career path has been revised to facilitate technicians being fast tracked to a level appropriate to their training and experience (subject to meeting scheme requirements).
4. Companies offering the LTA scheme will now pay a licence fee with all revenue raised being re-invested into LTA and the promotion of careers and professionalism
5. LTA registration fees are revised from a 5 yearly subscription to bite sized annual subscriptions levelled at the same rate across all tiers.
6. Professional Registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) has been changed from mandatory to optional at the Advanced LTA tier but remaining mandatory at the Master LTA tier.
7. Technicians working within non and multi-franchised dealerships where training is sourced from multiple training providers will shortly be facilitated within the LTA scheme
8. Technicians who have changed roles and those leaving or taking a sabbatical from the industry will be able to retain a non-active LTA registration.
9. Technicians registered within the LTA scheme will receive periodical newsletters and bulletins and be encourage to play an active role in LTA communications
Ruth Bailey, Director General of the AEA commented “The new improvements will definitely facilitate an improved course of progression and in doing so attract and encourage further companies to become involved with the LTA scheme. Recognising the value of their Technicians in a market where technology develops at an incredibly fast pace is of vital importance to both manufacturer and customer.”
LE-TEC will have a stand at the Ag Careers Live Event at the Ricoh Arena on the 10th November, at the SALTEX Exhibition on the 2nd and 3rd November at the NEC on the AEA and BAGMA stands and at LAMMA in January on a LE-TEC stand supported by the AEA, BAGMA and IAgrE.