ILDA laser safety courses

ILDA offers three courses covering laser safety for laser lightshows.

  • The Laser Safety Officer course takes about eight hours; those who pass a test at the end will receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • We also have shorter courses for operators of laser show equipment, and for those advanced persons interested in doing audience scanning.
Details on each course are listed below.

The course material is specific to shows, so these courses are NOT suitable for persons working with industrial, research, medical, scientific, etc. lasers.

The safety information is useful in all countries. Material on specific regulations and laws only covers the United States.


Laser Safety Officer (LSO) - Lasershows course

ILDA’s Laser Safety Officer - Lasershows course is for persons working in the field of laser light displays, who are responsible for the overall safety of a show. It comprehensively covers lasershow-specific content and safety requirements.

We suggest that LSO - Lasershows students have real-world experience working with light show lasers, and/or have already taken ILDA’s Laser Operator Safety course.

The course takes about eight hours. There is a test at the end of the course:
     • If you pass the test, you receive a Certificate of Completion stating that you attended the LSO - Lasershows course.
     • If you do not pass the test, you can re-take the course one subsequent time, within 12 months, at a lower fee. (The re-take fee amount varies depending on location.) Notify ILDA when you are ready to re-take the course.

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Laser Operator Safety course

ILDA’s Laser Operator Safety course provides a basic overview of laser safety, for those who are operating laser show equipment, or are working around laser shows. It goes over laser safety basics and why it is important to follow procedures set up by the Laser Safety Officer.

The course takes about four hours; there is no test at the end. Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion.

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Audience Scanning Safety course

ILDA’s Laser Operator Safety course covers how to do deliberate audience scanning legally in the U.S., and safely in any jurisdiction.

It is an advanced class. Students should have already taken, and successfully passed, ILDA’s LSO - Lightshows course. If you have not, contact ILDA in advance to see if your prior experience and knowledge qualifies you for the class.

The course takes about four hours; there is no test at the end. Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion.

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