for Awarding of Professional Grades
of the advantages of belonging to the Society is that you
are entitled to apply for Professional Grading. This allows
you, if you satisfy the requirements (see Criteria for Professional
Grade award), to add qualification letters behind your name
and to add these to your curriculum vitae because they are
recognised throughout the industry.
A Parchment Certificate is awarded to the successful applicants
and these are presented at the Annual Conference.
The cost for application is as follows:
Licentiate (LSLTC) £30.00
Associate (ASLTC) £40.00
Fellow (FSLTC) £50.00
are three levels of Professional Grade for which members
of the SLTC are encouraged to apply: Licentiate, Associate
or Fellow. The applicant must be over eighteen years old
and Council will review each application. Any award of a
Professional Grade will depend on academic publications,
industrial experience and length of continual membership
of the Society. It is expected that qualified leather technologists,
technicians and scientists working within the leather industry
will apply for a Professional Grade. The Society also wishes
to encourage newly qualified students or more experienced
members, who may not be directly working in a technical
role or scientific discipline, to apply. The decision of
Council is final and binding and is not under any obligation
to give grounds for the decision.
applicant for Professional Grading must be a fully paid
up member of the SLTC.
for Licentiateship (LSLTC)
Any member of the Society who has been
a member for a minimum of two years may apply for the
Licentiate grade. Student members are especially encouraged
to apply. Applicants also may be graduates, have an
equivalent qualification, or experience that is acceptable
to Council. It may be necessary for the applicant to
be interviewed by Council representatives. In some cases
academic qualifications may need to be supported by
a submitted dissertation on a topic previously approved
by Council. An applicant will require to submit two
sponsors who are current members of the SLTC.
for Associateship (ASLTC)
applicant for Associateship should fulfill the requirements
of the Licentiate grade and in addition have worked
within the leather industry and have been a member of
the Society for a minimum of three years. A detailed
current CV must be submitted, which documents the applicant’s
work and responsibilities. This my include published
papers, lectures given, industrial experience, any further
studies, additional qualifications and achievements
relevant to their career and profession within the leather
industry. An applicant will require to submit two sponsors
who are current members of the SLTC and one sponsor
who is a current member of Council.
for Fellowship (FSLTC)
applicant for Fellowship should fulfil the requirements
of both Licentiate and Associate and have been a member
of the society for ten years. The applicant will also
have worked within the leather industry for ten years
and display a professional maturity in science, technology
or commercial management. Applicants not meeting the
length of time for membership requirement may be considered
for the Fellowship award, at the discretion of Council,
if it is deemed that they qualify because of their professional
achievements. An applicant will require to submit two
sponsors who are current members of the society and
one sponsor who is a current member of Council.
a member resigns from membership of the SLTC, the professional
grading must be removed from letter headings, business cards
and equivalent within twelve months. If an applicant re-joins
the society and wishes to re-apply for a Professional Grade,
a minimum period of two years must be served before re-application.
If membership lapses by non-payment of subscription, unintentionally
or unavoidably, the Society will give sympathetic consideration
to the applicant, on re-joining, regarding re-awarding a
previously held Professional Grade. The re-joining member
must request the re-instatement of the award by writing.
The final decision to re-award by Council will be binding.
Society prefer, if possible, to present professional grading
awards during the AGM. Other arrangements for presentation
are possible if the applicant cannot attend the conference
or the AGM in UK or South Africa for some reason.
Download the Professional Grade application form
Application Form for Admission to PROFESSIONAL GRADE