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10/10/2013 - SAIA Addresses Fraudulent Training Cards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold & Access Industry Association
laurie@saiaonline.org816.595.4860

Scaffold & Access Industry Association
Addresses Fraudulent Training Cards

Kansas City, Mo. - The Scaffold & Access Industry Association Training Department (SAIA-U) put measures in place to reduce forgery and fraudulent training cards in the field. 

SAIA-U cards now have a holographic pattern of a globe and the word SECURE appears in the pattern across each card’s front. Some of the older, yet still valid, cards do not contain these security features.  Training cards issued by SAIA-U expire three years after they are issued. All cards contain the Association name, student number, student name, certificate number, class taken, class date, expiration date, and the name and/or logo of the accredited training institute (ATI).  The back of the cards show the Associations logo, SAIA U logo, and the address/contact information. 

The SAIA also added a new feature to our website.  The website now allows you to verify classes and students. Simply go to http://www.saiaonline.org/StudentSearch and enter the certificate # or student id.  If the card does not have either the certificate # or student idit is not a valid card. This new tool is a way for employers, prospective employers and OSHA to check current training levels of the student.

If you have any questions about SAIA U training cards, classes that students have taken or need to schedule a training class please contact Robin Miller at 816.595.4860 or robin@saiaonline.org

About the SAIA

The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) formed in 1972 is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard Institute, ASC A92 standards. For more information, call 816 595.4860 or visit us at www.saiaonline.org.

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