With the backing of the major manufacturers of agricultural (including milking equipment), horticultural, forestry and ground care equipment, the Landbased Technician Accreditation schemes (LTA) have been developed by AEA and MEA, in conjunction with IAgrE, with the support of BAGMA, on behalf of the land based engineering sector.
The objectives of the schemes are to provide a nationwide means of benchmarking, monitoring and assessing the competence of technicians employed within the sector. The LTA schemes will also provide encouragement and recognition for both employers and technicians who voluntarily commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence. Full information brochures are available for Employers and Employees and Customers.
There are three distinct schemes designed for different parts of the sector, these are:
- LTA (for those who work with fixed and mobile equipment such as tractors, combine harvesters, mowers and turfcare machinery distributed through agricultural and groundscare dealerships)
- LTA Parts (for those who work with the supply of spare parts)
- Parloursafe (for those who work with milking equipment)
All LTA schemes ensure parity of esteem and both schemes have, where appropriate, registration as an Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council through the industry’s professional body, IAgrE.
To find out more about the LTA schemes, visit the IAgrE website