Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has put forward a generous
challenge of $50,000 over the next five years in its continuing
support of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program
(ETCP). USITT has played a key role in the development of the
certification program, both through financial support and active
participation on the ETCP Council.
"USITT is pleased to further
the important work of ETCP in its ongoing effort to protect
the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences
in performance spaces," announced Sylvia Hillyard Pannell,
USITT President. "USITT is the bridge between its members
and other performing arts and entertainment industry artists,
artisans, educators, and students. As such, we are proud to
champion this vitally important cause and look forward to
many other organizations meeting and exceeding our challenge."
other ETCP Council members have already responded to the
challenge placed by USITT. InfoComm International and the
Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology have stepped forward
as new donors while Production Resource Group has increased
its already significant support. Randy Lemke, executive director
of InfoComm International commented, "I will, without hesitation,
state that the quality of the ETCP Program is world-class."
Hansen, chair of the ETCP Council,said, "We are starting
to see significant increases in applications to take the exams
as more and more employers and facilities are requiring certification
for technicians in lead positions, but contributions are still
necessary to sustain the program in its start-up phase. We
hope the industry will step forward to invest in this important
program and help us meet USITT's generous challenge
This important industry-wide program focuses
on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety
of crews, performers and audiences, thus reducing workplace
risk. ETCP conducts examinations, awards certifications and
recertifies technicians in three areas: rigger–arena,
rigger–theatre, and entertainment electrician. More
than 500 technicians have already earned certification.
information about ETCP is available here. To contribute to
the program or for more information on becoming ETCP certified,
contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP certification coordinator,
at 212-244-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, BASE Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil/MGM MIRAGE, CITT,
ESTA, IAAM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, PRG,
TEA, SHAPE and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created
to promote industry safety.