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Twenty-One ETCP Rigging Certifications Awarded to IATSE Members in the British Columbia Area

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The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council is proud to announce that 21 certifications were awarded to IATSE riggers working in British Columbia and Alberta. On Monday, January 21st, both the Arena and Theatre Rigging exams were administered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

SHAPE Safety & health in Arts Production and Entertainment, a B.C. based arts health & safety service organization, teamed with IATSE Locals 118, 168, 210 & 891 and Riggit, Western Canada’s leading provider of Custom Rigging, to present a training course with Harry Donovan. 47 Riggers attended the 5-day training course.

“This is a further example of our commitment to training and safety,” remarked IATSE International Representative Barny Haines who helped organize the training course. “The IATSE is planning to conduct similar training courses in cities across the country to assist our members in further enhancing their skills and in maintaining their position as leaders in the entertainment industry. In the end, both our members and employers are thrilled that there is now an industry-recognized standard.”

Paper and pencil administrations of any of the ETCP exams may be arranged locally for groups of 10 or more. Computer-based exams are available at 190 testing centers across the Unites States and Canada. Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available online. If you would like the examination information and application forms mailed or emailed to you, or would like to schedule a local paper and pencil administration, please contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Coordinator, at 212-244-1505 or certification@esta.org.

The certified riggers are now listed on the ETCP website at http://www.etcp.esta.org. Each can be identified on the jobsite by requesting to see their ETCP ID card that includes their picture, date of certification and, most importantly, area(s) of specialty. You’ll also be able to spot them through the exclusive use of the ETCP Certified Riggers logo on their business card or website, or by the special lapel pin, embroidered patch, or workbox sticker.

If you are looking to hire a competent rigger or entertainment electrician who is dedicated to safety on the job, view the list of Certified Entertainment Technicians on the ETCP website. Not only did these technicians pass a thorough assessment, they also signed an agreement to abide by the ETCP Certified Entertainment Technician Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to advance the integrity, honor and prestige of this profession by adherence to the standards set forth.

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes AMPTP, CITT, CCE, ESTA, IAAM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, PRG, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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