Online training launched for lighting engineers unable to travel

Mar 10, 2020 | Training

Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) Guidance Note 22, Asset-Management Toolkit: Minor Structures – ATOMS is the key document for everyone who has a responsibility to manage highway assets in line with the UK Roads Liaison Group Well-managed highways infrastructure Code of Practice. The ILP has now launched a course which can be attended online or in person at Rugby, Warwickshire.

If highways equipment falls onto a person, or into the road, the consequences can be severe and so this one-day course welcomes everyone who plays a part in ensuring column, pole or building mounted assets are managed safely. This includes:

  • Asset managers at all levels
  • Lighting engineers
  • Lighting designers
  • County engineers
  • Consultants
  • Lighting staff

The ILP recommends that the industry sectors who stand to benefit most from attending the course are:

  • Highways
  • Transportation – rail, bus & light rail, docks & harbours, navigable waterways
  • Commercial, leisure or retail

The course, for professionals at all career levels, offers advice based on best practice for the management of poles, columns and fixings on building mounted lighting, smart cities equipment and signs. The training takes the headache out of asset management by providing easy to follow guidance on how you can develop and manage these assets using a risk-based approach, and includes a practical exercise introducing the spreadsheet recommended by the ILP.

The team bringing the course to an online audience is made up of ILP staff and volunteers alongside Narrowcast Media, who specialise in helping professional bodies provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in an accessible online format.

ILP Vice President Education, Kimberly Bartlett AMILP EngTech, explained ‘We were already planning online educational experiences for our members, so with the current disruption around coronavirus we are glad to be able to run our first online course in a few weeks from now. Some employers are restricting travel and so our aim in providing this online is that people will still be able to learn how to effectively manage their highway assets whether that be lighting columns, sign poles or other fixings.’

Prices for the course start at just £225 and all local government attendees can be invoiced during the current or future financial year depending on their budget needs. The course will take place on 1 April 2020. For more details and to book a place go to

The ILP seeks to be as inclusive as possible, so if you have any concerns about applying for membership / attending our Exterior Lighting Diploma courses, LDC local events or our one-day courses for whatever reason please let us know and we will try to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you can fully engage with the ILP.