Understanding Leather

Created by our technical experts, this online leather training course provides delegates with an overview of the structure of the leather material and the processes involved in its production.

Attendees will gain an insight into each stage of the leather manufacturing process, from the treatment of the raw material, to the finishing of the leather.

This course is essential for those new to working in the leather industry or brands and retailers wishing to understand how their leather is made and what problems may occur.

-Members Price: £220 plus VAT GBP

-Standard Price (Non Members): £270 plus VAT GBP

Delegates save up to 30% through online training compared with attending a face to face course onsite. Discounted rates are also available for multiple delegate bookings.

Duration: 3.5 hrs.

To sign up, please click the appropriate 'Buy Now' button at the top of this page. Members of Eurofins | BLC should use the 'Members buy now' button. From here you will be asked to register to our online training portal, after which you can make payment by card. If already registered to the portal, please just sign in.

Once paid you will be enrolled onto the course and have access to its content for 14 days.
If you need more information, or would like to pay by invoice please contact training@blcleathertech.com

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Eurofins | BLC

    • Introduction to Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd.

  • 2

    Leather Structure

    • What is Leather?

    • Raw Material Types

  • 3

    Hide & Skin Defects

    • Hide & Skin Defects

  • 4

    Leather Types

    • Leather Types

    • Leather Types and Finishes

    • Reconstituted Leather and Alternative Materials

  • 5

    Leather Production

    • Raw Hide and Beamhouse Processes

    • Effects and Finishes

    • Tannery Tour

    • Post Tannage Processes

  • 6

    The Importance of Specifications

    • Chemical Specifications

    • Performance Specifications

    • Fingerprinting and Due Diligence

  • 7

    Leather - What can go wrong?

    • Common Leather Problems and Avoidance

    • Common Leather Problems and Avoidance cont'd

  • 8

    Leather Cleaning & Aftercare

    • Leather Cleaning & Aftercare

  • 9

    Additional Information

    • More Information regarding Leather verification can be found on our website

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback Survey


This course is delivered by Eurofins | BLC experts.

Vice President Sustainability Services, Eurofins CPT Sustainability Services

Adam Hughes

Currently, Vice President Sustainability Services, Eurofins CPT Sustainability Services, Adam has a Master's degree in both Business and Marketing disciplines. He has worked in the leather and footwear industry for over 30 years, working for 10 of those years in leather manufacturing. Joining Eurofins | BLC where he has worked for 27 years, he has further augmented his experience in the leather and footwear supply chain. Adam is passionate about sustainable and transparent sourcing and understands the sensitivities that supply chains present. For more information about Eurofins | BLC visit www.blcleathertch.com

Head of Technical

Georgina Mawer

As Head of Technical, Georgina is responsible for the technical output of Eurofins | BLC specifically relating to consulting services and analytical and physical testing through the laboratory. Georgina has extensive knowledge with the leather, textiles and synthetic sector in the imposition of robust chemical management systems within their supply chains. She has supported brands, manufacturers and chemical companies with compliance programmes, due diligence procedures, trouble shooting and technical support on RSL and MRSL listed substances and the accompanying challenges. In addition, Georgina helps to implement upstream chemical management systems within chemical companies, manufacturers, brands and retailers. For further information on Eurofins | BLC visit www.blcleathertech.com. Prior to joining Eurofins | BLC, Georgina worked in Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) and Quality Control (QC) roles in pharmaceutical laboratories after graduating from University of Lincoln with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Forensic Science.

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