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Electrical Examination

All experienced electricians are invited to take ETCP's entertainment electrician certification exam. The intent of the electrical examination is to evaluate and validate the competency of the upper third of electricians working in the entertainment industry. These positions typically involve liability issues, the health and safety of workers and audiences, and compliance with the electrical and other laws of the local area, including laws requiring performance by Qualified Personnel.

Those who pass this rigorous test will become ETCP Certified Entertainment Electricians - and will be recognized as the industry's best.

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements to take the exam. These requirements focus on work experience; training and education can be factors as well. The eligibility requirements, candidate handbook and application materials can be viewed and downloaded, or if you would like to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the ETCP office 212-244-1505 or with your mailing address.

This examination covers many areas of the entertainment industry including, but not limited to: theatres, film/ TV studios and on location, arenas/stadiums/sporting events, carnivals/fairs/festivals, circuses, cruise ships, industrial/corporate events, religious events/houses of worship, theme parks, touring concerts/theatre, and other places of public assembly throughout the United States and Canada.

ETCP has two electrical certifications: Entertainment Electrician Certification and Portable Power Distribution Technician. To determins which certification is right for you, please read the Scope of Work Document.

Electrical Exam Information


Take your examination at a computer-based testing center
in the United States.


Sites Outside the U.S.
(International Sites outside of the U.S. and Canada are subject to an additional $50 exam fee)


Computer Based Testing
The electrical examination is offered at 190 sites around the United States and Canada. View the list of Computer Testing Centers to find one in your area.

At these sites, the examination are offered nearly every business day. To apply for the examination, fill out the Computer Based Testing application form, and send the completed form and fee to ETCP. After the candidate has received written acceptance from ETCP, information will be sent on how to schedule the examination at a site, time, and date that is available and most convenient.

Paper and Pencil Examinations
Please check the home page for upcoming paper and pencil administrations.

$550 certification for members of ESTA, AMPTP, CITT, IATSE, IAVM, InfoComm International, The Broadway League, TEA and USITT; $650 for non-members

ETCP in the Entertainment Industry

ETCP is the work of the industry's leading organizations, employers and unions. Most important, it's the work of leading electricians.

In a survey of industry employers, 79 percent said they would encourage employees or personnel working in their venues to see certification in entertainment electrical skills. This finding shows that employers want an objective tool that helps them assess electricians' skills. ETCP Certification provides that tool, helping employers immediately identify electricians with proven capabilities. ETCP also helps the electricians themselves by giving them a credential – ETCP Certified – that unmistakably says, "I know what I am doing."