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The Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati will be hosting several educational opportunities in 2018:
  • Leather Orientation Course April 4-5, 2018

     This popular 2-Day course will take place at the Leather Research Laboratory on the campus of the University of  Cincinnati and will cover a wide range of leather related issues such as physical structure, species identification, hide supply, wet-end and finishing operations, regulations, testing and customer acceptance issues.  Attendees will also be given an in-depth tour of the Leather Research Laboratory. Enroll today, as space is limited! 
The cost of this course is $955 per person with a discounted price of $855 for additional participants from the same company. Click here for more information.

  • Raw Hide to Crust Course  Week One: May 14-18, 2018  Week Two :July 16-19, 2018

This course is intended for individuals working in the leather industry and is a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on application in a pilot tannery setting. The lecture portion of the course will be presented by personnel from the Leather Research Laboratory. Industry experts from the chemical supply base and working tanneries will work with attendees in the pilot tannery to help understand what it takes to make beautiful leather in a production environment. The total course will be presented at the USDA ERRC’s pilot tannery facility near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will be completed over two weeks. Cost to attend is $1600/person/week or $2800/person for both weeks. Click here for more information.

  • Quality Assurance for Leather Workshop (Not offered for 2018, date TBD for 2019) 

This new course is designed for individuals working in the leather industry that need a comprehensive understanding of the best quality control methods for quality leather production.  This course will be a blend of class room instruction along with significant time for hands on application in the laboratory.  Participants will be able to perform many of these quality tests and techniques on the provided leather samples or on their own samples. Course materials will include a copy of the book: Skin, Hide and Leather Defects by Jean Tancous.
The cost of this course is TBD for 2019.