The scheme also provides encouragement and recognition for both employers and technicans and other employees who voluntarily commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence.
Parlour Safe has been developed by the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) the only independent organisation dedicated to representing the interests of milking equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.
There are four categories of technician registered on a central database held by IAgrE
- Parlour Safe Cat 1 – Self registration on-line. This tier is for apprentices (on recognised programmes) or more skilled/mature entrants not yet otherwise assessed and categorised. There is currently no charge to register.
- Parlour Safe Cat 2 (Standard) - Newly qualified apprentices or assessed skilled technicians meeting the required criteria.
- Parlour Safe Cat 3 (Advanced) - A skilled & experienced technician who has successfully attended a series of assessed course programmes – may be a product specialist.
- Parlour Safe Cat 4 (Master) - A professional technician having a proven and assessed track record. Additional assessment criteria are included to demonstrate exceptional diagnostic and technical ability together with customer and technical mentoring skills.
For those technicians with exceptional experience, there is a process of assessment to evaluate the appropriate level of Parlour Safe registration.