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University Certificate in Lift & Escalator Technology

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1-2 Years

  • Starting:

    September / January

  • Fees UK:

    UK- Distance Learning: £850 per 20 credit module
    International - Distance Learning: £1,200 per 20 credit module

  • Location:

    Distance Learning

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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0300 303 2772

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The University Certificate in Lift and Escalator Technology provides an introduction for those new to the lift and escalator industry, and a useful refresher for those who have been within the industry for some while. Covering fundamental concepts of lift technology, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering in the context of the industry the course is delivered flexible, in a modular format and taught online so that you can choose when to study to fit around your work and personal life. It allows seamless progression to the HNC or HND in Lift and Escalator Technology.

Updated 25/05/2021


  • Access to expert tutorial support and University of Northampton services and facilities.
  • Flexible online learning to fit around your schedule.
  • Unique, widely recognised industry-relevant programme.

Course Content

  • The Certificate comprises of three modules and is designed to introduce the fundamental knowledge required within the industry in the areas of lift technology and related electrical/electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering.

    All Lift Technology programmes are modular.  The Certificate consists of modules wholly delivered and assessed by The University of Northampton and supported by The Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA).

    The programme is delivered through distance learning (online) and so no attendance is required.  It is therefore flexible and has been designed for those working within the industry.

    Coursework is used to assess learning and offers the opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate valuable understanding of fundamental engineering principles and relevant Codes and Standards, and to apply problem solving skills. Assignments are often related to real life situations and are therefore an important learning activity.

    The assessment profile for each module has been chosen to ensure that the assessment pattern is the most efficient method of ensuring that you have achieved the learning outcomes of the programme.

  • As a course designed for people who are working in the lift industry, we do not expect the majority of applicants to have any formal qualifications but to have relevant work experience. Those without relevant work experience may enter the course with one A-level qualification as well as GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Distance Learning: £850 per 20 credit module
    • International – Distance Learning: £1,200 per 20 credit module

    Fees for LEIA modules are set by LEIA and are paid directly to them.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.

  • How will I be taught?

    This is an online course allowing you to study wherever is most suitable for you.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on your prior knowledge, and knowledge of the industry. Students typically study between 3-6 hours per week, per module.

    How will I be assessed?

    The Certificate is assessed using online multiple-choice assignments and tests.

    What jobs can I go into from studying this course?

    Although designed for students already working within the industry, the Lift Technology programmes provide an excellent springboard for career progression within the lift and escalator, and allied industries. They are also a route to further study.

    Any specialist facilities/ features?

    This course has been developed in conjunction with the lift industry in order to be relevant to your future career and what employers will expect you to be able to do.

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