updated 2/9/2011 10:16:37 AM ET 2011-02-09T15:16:37

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lerch Bates and QEI Services have signed an agreement to jointly market and provide QEI Certification (Qualified Elevator Inspector) training and to conduct continuing education courses that are mandatory to maintaining a QEI certification. QEI Certification is based on rigid national standards established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

This joint venture, partners Lerch Bates with QEI Services in the marketing and execution of classes throughout Lerch Bates' branches across the country. The goal is to generate interest and enrollment in QEI certification. Additionally the aim for Lerch Bates and QEI Services will be to raise the bar for QEI education in the elevator industry.

QEI Services will expand their geographic reach, while Lerch Bates strengthens its reputation as a code expert. Bryan Hines, Vice President of Lerch Bates states, "Lerch Bates is excited with the opportunity to partner with QEI Services to promote better code awareness which will ultimately improve elevator and escalator safety to the riding public."

Michael Robinson, President of QEI Services said, "This is a great opportunity to extend the QEI Services brand with Lerch Bates on a national and international scope, along with raising the level of education in the elevator industry."

The QEI Services web site can be found at: http://www.qeiservices.com  with the schedule of upcoming classes:  http://www.qeiservices.com/QEI/Classes

About Lerch Bates

Lerch Bates is an international consulting services firm with 35 offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and India. Founded over 60 years ago, with elevator consulting as its cornerstone, we advise architects, developers, building investors, owners and managers on the design, sustainability and continuous use of a wide spectrum of building systems for any size or type of building. http://www.lerchbates.com

About QEI Services

QEI Services, a division of Robinson Elevator Group http://www.robinsonelevatorgroup.com , is an ASME accredited organization that provides education and certification programs relied upon nationwide. We are one of only three companies in the entire world entrusted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to issue and control the Qualified Elevator Inspector Certifications. So if you want the highest level of training that is most relevant in the field today – find out why QEI is right for you. To learn more about QEI Services and the value of an ASME accreditation, call 1-888-651-9209 today.  

http://www.qeiservices.com

CONTACT: Brian Ralli
         888-651-9209 Ext. 114

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