Several people have been recognized as certification trainers, a group of exam candidates have received certification, and an exam is scheduled in November as part of the Entertainment Technicians Certification Program (ETCP).
The ETCP Council instituted a new program for individual instructors who have met specific criteria to become ETCP Recognized Trainers. The Certification Council worked closely with leading trainers in the industry to craft a program that recognizes experienced trainers while allowing them the flexibility to adjust each class to the needs and skills of their attendees.
The following individuals have ETCP Recognized Trainer status:
Rigging Trainers: Harry Donovan, Jay Glerum, Jerry Gorrell, Rocky Paulson, Eddie Raymond, and Bill Sapsis
Electrical Trainers: Jerry Gorrell and Ken Vannice
Information about these trainers and details about the application process are available at: www.etcp.esta.org/cert_recognized/trainers.htm.
Twenty-eight certifications were awarded to members of IATSE Local 873. On May 12, both the Arena and Theatre Rigging exams were administered at the union hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Of the certifications granted, 11 individuals hold both certifications.
Local 873 made a commitment to becoming the IATSE Local with the most certified technicians in North America, and it has achieved this goal. Bob Daprato, who sits on the Executive Board of Local 873, arranged for the paper and pencil exams.
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 United States and Canada. For more information, contacting Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Coordinator, at 212-244-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Entertainment Electrical Exam will be held 2 p.m. November 16, Arena Rigging 9 a.m. November 17, and Theatre Rigging 2 p.m. November 17 at LDI in Orlando, Florida.
Interested applicants must submit an application, along with supporting materials and fee, postmarked by October 1. Go to etcp.esta.org, or call or write Ms. Moseley-Bennett for more information.