It is essential to the success of the program that industryleaders show their support of the program. Elise Bechard, Vice President of Operations of JCALPRO, said, "Embracing ETCP and PLASA's safety guidelines have been a big part of how we continue to earn trust and therefore, marketability."There are 16 IATSE Locals who participate as ETCP Recognized Labor Providers and their support is immeasurable. "IATSE Local One has realized the importance of having as many ETCPCertified members as possible," says Paul Dean, Jr., Theatrical Business Manager of Local One. "Certification allows for the ability to negotiate higher compensation for certain positions. In New York City theatres I have encountered insurance adjustors who indicate that the presence of ETCP Certified technicians would lead to lowered insurancerates for employers."
Companies who have full-time Certified Employees on staffmay sign the Best Practices Agreement to become ETCP Recognized Employers. The Contractor designation is for those who do not have Certified Technicians on staff, but they hire them on a project basis. The Labor Provider is targetedtowards organizations who provide ETCP Certified Technicians to job sites.