Get Certified: Entertainment Electrician

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. 

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.

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements to take the exam. These requirements focus on work experience; formal education and apprenticeships/internships can be factors as well. The Eligibility Requirements (see below), 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 with your mailing address.

The Candidate Handbook is designed to offer information and advice regarding the examination and your preparation for it. Please read the information in this handbook thoroughly; it will answer many of the commonly asked questions, as well as explain the content and construction of the examination.

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


Eligibility Requirements

ETCP uses a point system to determine eligibility to sit for examinations. A candidate must have 30 points to apply for the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Examination. This table lists the points awarded for various work experience, training (i.e., internships or apprenticeships), licensure, and degrees from accredited institutions. Points can be earned through work experience alone or through a combination of the above. Courses taken outside a formal program of undergraduate or graduate studies do not count towards eligibility. Please review the Candidate Handbook and Application Materials for more detailed information.

Type of Experience
Points
Documentation Required
Professional 
Electrical Work Experience

1 for each 100 hours
100 hour min. increment

1000 hours (10 points) in a year is equivalent to 20 hours per week

A completed Employment History form containing contact information sufficiently detailed to allow verification by ETCP.
(Experience related to an academic degree cannot be used as professional work experience.)

Internship 1 for each 200 hours with a maximum of 5 points A completed Applicant Evaluation form by the official representative of the internship is required.
Apprenticeship 1 for each 100 hours with a maximum of 10 points A completed Applicant Evaluation form by the official representative of the apprenticeship is required.
Notes: Licensure credits may contribute a maximum of 10 points.
Journeyman Electrician’s
License
7
Verifiable documentary evidence such as a copy of the current license is required.
Master Electrician’s
License
10
Verifiable documentary evidence such as a copy of the current license is required.
Notes: Education credits may contribute a maximum of 10 points.
All degrees must be achieved from an accredited institution.
Associates Degree
2
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Associates Degree
in Entertainment Technology Field
3
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Undergraduate Degree
3
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Undergraduate Degree in Entertainment Technology Field
7
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Graduate Degree
1
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Graduate Degree in Entertainment Technology Field
3
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.

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