Paper and Pencil Exams at LDI, Las Vegas

All four examinations will be given in paper and pencil form on October 22, 2016!

Application Deadline: September 26, 2016

ETCP Info Session
Saturday October 22, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Want to see if you are ready?

Take the 50 question practice exams), which are available for all 3 certifications for just $40 each. There is no application process. Score reports are provided

A second set of Electrical is due to be out soon, and Portable Power Distribution Technician will be out 2017.


First 25 people to submit CBT applications for PPDT will receive a t-shirt embroidered with the logo and name! Submit yours today!

 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.


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, Entertainment Electrician and Portable Power Distribution Technician

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.

ESTA runs ETCP, and 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, PRG, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

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




08-31-2016 - Deadline for ETCP Testing Opportunities at LDI 2016 Approaching
01-04-2016 - Ninety Percent Second Time Renewal Rate for ETCP Class of 2005 Riggers
09-18-2015 - ETCP Council Approves New Power Distribution Technician Certification

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