The objective of the LTA scheme is to provide a nationwide means of benchmarking, monitoring and assessing the competence of technicians employed within the sector. The scheme will also provide encouragement and recognition for both employers and technicians who voluntarily commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence.
The LTA Scheme provides a career development path, encouragement and recognition for both employers and technicians, and those employees who commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence.
There are four categories or tiers with all tiers being registered on a central database held by IAgrE.
- LTA Initial Registration – Self registration on-line. Entries on this register would be categorised as Students on a recognised landbased engineering course at a recognised Landbased engineering college, OR Apprentices (on recognised programmes) OR more skilled/mature entrants not yet otherwise assessed and categorised. There is currently no charge to register.
- LTA Intermediate Tier - Newly qualified apprentices or assessed skilled technician meeting the required criteria. Technicians applying for LTA intermediate will have a minimum period of 3 years proven track record within the landbased engineering industry. Achievement is benchmarked to the Level 3 qualification in Landbased Technology or equivalent and is the foundation upon which the technician’s career is built. May be eligible for membership of IAgrE at Technician grade.
- LTA Advanced Tier - A skilled & experienced technician who has successfully attended a series of assessed course programmes - may be a product specialist. Typically the technician registered at the Advanced Tier will have a minimum of 5 years proven track record in the landbased engineering industry supported by a programme of continuous professional development. The technician will also need support from their employer and also a manufacturer’s training schools representative. May be eligible for Engineering Technician Registration and IAgrE Membership at Associate Member or Member.
- LTA Master Tier - The Master Technician will have met all the requirements of the Advanced Technician Tier and have progressed to demonstrate an exemplary level of technical ability. They will have undergone intensive advanced diagnostic training courses and passed the subsequent task and assessments. May be eligible for Engineering Technician Registration and IAgrE Membership at Associate Member or Member.