Get Certified: Rigger - Arena / Theater

All experienced riggers 21 years of age and above are invited to take ETCP's rigging certification exams. The intent of the rigging examinations is to evaluate and validate the knowledge and skill base of the upper third of riggers 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 Riggers and will be recognized by other professionals as the industry's best.

There are two ETCP rigging credentials, each with its own exam:

  • ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena
  • ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre

An applicant may seek certification in either or both of these divisions. Each division has its own separate examination covering the specific knowledge, skills and abilities needed.

The Arena certification encompasses rigging that employs chain hoists and truss systems to temporarily suspend objects from overhead structures in any environment. ETCP recognizes that these methods and hardware are used throughout the entertainment industry in arenas, convention and trade show spaces and in theatrical venues. However the principles, practices, and components are consistent and similar in all applications and are different from those used in traditional theatrical spaces.

The Theatre certification encompasses rigging that employs the use of counterweighted systems, mechanical systems and hydraulic systems, usually, but not always, permanently installed in facilities for the use of theatre technicians in the execution of their rigging responsibilities. 

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 (available in English or French) 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 (available in English or French) 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..


Eligibility Requirements

ETCP uses a point system to determine eligibility for examinations. A candidate must have 30 points to apply for either or both of the ETCP Rigging Examinations. This table lists the points awarded for various work experience, training (i.e., internships or apprenticeships) 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 (available in English or French) and Application Materials for more detailed information.

Type of Experience
Points
Documentation Required
Professional 
Rigging 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: 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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