HNC and HND qualifications are first for industry

Julie Prior, associate head of the school at the Faculty of Business & Society at USW and LIA CEO Steve Davies at the announcement of the new qualifications

NEXT month sees the launch of the first ever Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma courses in lighting being taught in the UK.

The qualifications are the result of a partnership between the Lighting Industry Association and the University of South Wales, with an aim to provide new opportunities for collaboration in both teaching and learning.

The introduction of a HNC and a HND in lighting design and technology will provide the first qualifications at this level in the UK to attract new talent and develop existing careers within the lighting industry.

The courses will be delivered between the LIA Academy in Telford and the USW campus in Pontypridd recognising the state of the art facilities at both sites. Modules delivered at the Academy in Telford will be led by the LIA’s established team of expert tutors, who have all gained ‘Recognised Teacher Status’ from USW.

The HNC and HND are composed of modules covering lighting fundamentals, electrical principles and design, light sources and luminaire design, lighting design, lighting project specification, advanced lighting principles, component and product design, exterior lighting, highway lighting and interior lighting.

On successful completion of the HND course, the students will have the opportunity to progress to a full Bachelor of Science Honours course in lighting design and technology at USW.

Students can enrol to take the courses in either a full-time or part-time capacity, whether taking their first steps into lighting or aiming to strengthen and develop their existing career. These qualifications cater for all abilities and offer a natural career pathway.

Stuart Green, course leader of lighting and design technology at USW, told Lux: ‘The introduction of these qualifications provides a new pathway for individuals already working in the industry to strengthen and cement their learning, as well as offering a way into the lighting industry for new talent. Our partnership with the LIA enables us to combine our knowledge to co-ordinate development opportunities for lighting professionals.’

As LIA CEO, Steve Davies explained ‘the courses delivered, by the Lighting Industry Academy meets the exacting quality and academic standards expected from a partnership with a major UK university, for such highly respected and recognised qualifications.

‘As one of the very few of their kind in the UK, these industry specific, academically recognized qualifications create a cornerstone in the development of the lighting community’s bright and exciting future’.


  • Learn more about the qualifications at the LIA Zone at LuxLive 2017, where the Lighting Industry Association is showcasing its many services for members. The LIA Labs is demonstrating its testing procedures and its precision equipment, Lumicom is showing off its mobile recycling facility and the training division is discussing the unprecedented availability of qualifications.


  • You can also learn about the basic of lighting at the special LIA Lighting Academy at the LuxLive exhibition on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November 2017 at ExCeL London. Taking place every morning in theatres 6 and 7, this special educational programme will see experienced tutors from the Lighting Industry Association take you through the fundamentals of light, light sources and lighting design. Sign up at