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*Deadline for Enrollment in Raw Hide to Crust Leather Course is April 30th!!
ANNOUNCING our Educational Courses for 2019!

Are you looking for ways to expand your knowledge of leather and the leather industry? Interested in the process of tanning leather, from start to finish? We have 2 courses this year that will provide the in-depth knowledge you need. 

  Leather Orientation Course:     

October 2-3, 2019
(Added by Popular Demand)

This popular 2-Day course will take place at the Leather Research Laboratory on the campus of the University of Cincinnati (Center Hill Campus) 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 be given an in-depth tour of the Leather Research Laboratory and will have a book with various leather samples to take home and use as a reference.

  The cost of this course is $955 per person* with a discounted price of $855 for additional participants from the same company.  To register contact Louisa at or call 513-242-6300

   *Price does not include lodging. We have a block of rooms reserved at a local hotel, and will provide transportation to and from this hotel to our class.

Some Comments from last year’s course:

“I enjoyed the lab tours and demonstrations. The Tannery Operations photographs of different stages of tanning really helped me to understand the process. Thank you for the great content and wonderful hospitality. 10/10!”

“I learned so much these two days, I can’t wait for the USDA sessions. I especially enjoyed learning about the hide layers, differences between species, and filling in my knowledge gaps. The course was great, the hotel was nice and conveniently located, and the Welcome dinner was awesome! 9/10!”

“I LOVED what was presented and what I learned. Tests and Measurement but also the tanning/finishing processes. 9.5/10!”

  Raw Hide to Crust Course          

Week One: June 17-21    Week Two : July 22-25

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.

*Price does not include lodging

Quality Assurance for Leather Workshop (Not offered for 2019, date TBD for 2020) 

This 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 2020.

October 2018- This summer the Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati submitted to the annual audit process and (once again) has been successfully re-accredited through the ANAB.
We remain a ISO 17025 certified laboratory. 

We also participated in proficiency testing through the Institute for Interlaboratory Studies.  We achieved an excellent rating for our results in the following areas of testing:

•Formaldehyde in Leather
•Chromium VI in Leather
•OPP (and other preservatives in leather)

We remain an unbiased, non-profit, testing institution. We hope you keep us in mind for all your leather testing needs.

If you would like more information about our testing services, please contact our Director, Steve Lange (