All three exams will be given on October 24, 2015 in Las Vegas!

Application Deadline: September 30, 2015

New Application Rates for 2015

Initial Application Fee: Non-members: $650, Constituents of Council members: $550
Second Rigging exam within 1 Year: Non-members: $450, Constituents of Council members: $350
Retake Fee for Failed Exam within 2 Years: Non-members: $225, Constituents of Council members: $175

ETCP Council Approves New Power Distribution Technician Certification

 The new program is in response to an increasing demand within the entertainment industry to establish benchmark standards and define the required knowledge and skillsets surrounding the assembly, use, and disassembly of power distribution systems for a wide variety of entertainment venues and markets.

Available 2016

Two Sets of Practice Exams Available!

There are now two versions of the ETCP Practice exams (Arena & Theatre). Electrical currently has one version.

Take the 50 question practice exams), which are available for all 3 certifications for just $35 each. There is no application process. Score reports are provided

A second set of Electrical is due to be out soon.

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP)
is an industry-wide program that has brought together an unprecedented group of industry organizations, businesses and individuals to create a program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. ETCP focuses on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences. You may become certified through ETCP in the following areas: Rigger – Arena, Rigger – Theatre, and Entertainment Electrician.

Personnel certification is the voluntary process by which a nongovernmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated certain abilities, skills and knowledge. ETCP encompasses the creation of exams based upon identified bodies of knowledge, the conducting of those examinations, the awarding of certifications, and re-certifying individuals.

Are you curious about how computer-based testing works? Taking a computer-based test can be intimidating for but maybe watching this video will increase your comfort level by knowing what to expect. You can also find out what employers and organizations have to say about the program by clicking to reading articles written about the program.

PLASA runs ETCP, which was originally developed by ESTA. The following organizations maintain seats on the ETCP Council: ACTSAFE, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT), InfoComm International, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), The League of American Theatres and Producers, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

The ETCP Certification Council membership also includes the following entertainment business leaders: Cirque du Soleil, Disney Theatrical Productions, Live Nation, NBC Universal, and PRG.

Want to learn what employer and certificants say about ETCP?

All ETCP articles from Protocol are listed on the website. Learn more about the testing process and see what employers and
ETCP Certified Technicians have to say about certification




09-18-2015 - ETCP Council Approves New Power Distribution Technician Certification
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