Get Certified: Portable Power Distribution Technician

All experienced power distribution technicians 21 years of age and above are invited to take ETCP's PPDT exam. The intent of this examination is to evaluate and validate the knowledge and skill base of the upper two-thirds of Portable Power Distribution Technicians working in the entertainment industry. These positions typically involve the health and safety of technicians, performers and audiences, and require compliance with OSHA and other laws. Those who pass this rigorous test will become ETCP Certified Portable Power Distribution Technicians.

This certification meets a need within the entertainment industry to define the required knowledge and skillsets surrounding the assembly, use, and disassembly of portable power systems. This certification will provide documentation of knowledge and assist the employer in determining a worker’s status as a qualified portable power technician.

The ETCP PPDT Certification is focused on a large population of industry workers in the roles of lighting technicians, stagehands, portable power set/strike technicians, as well as facility maintenance personnel for a wide variety of venues. This certification targets the top two-thirds of people working with this technology at various types of facilities in the corporate, trade show, outdoor event, theatrical, and motion picture/television segments of the entertainment industry.

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 Certification 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 25 points to apply for the ETCP Portable Power Distribution Technician 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
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ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification

Automatic 25 points

Those who hold the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification will automatically qualify to take the ETCP Portable Power Distribution Examination.

Professional Work Experience
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. Work experience must be related strictly to power distribution. Refer to the Content Outline for a list of skillsets.

(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 15 points.
Journeyman Electrician’s
License
10
Verifiable documentary evidence such as a copy of the current license is required.
Master Electrician’s
License
15
Verifiable documentary evidence such as a copy of the current license is required.
Notes: Education credits may contribute a maximum of 5 points.
All degrees must be achieved from an accredited institution.
Associates Degree
1
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Associates Degree in entertainment technology field
2
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Undergraduate Degree
2
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.
Undergraduate Degree in Entertainment Technology Field
5
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
2
An official transcript is required from the granting institution, photocopies are not accepted.

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