Recognized Electrical Training Programs

Academy of Production Technology

Academy of Production Technology
Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Richard Cadena,
ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician, ETCP Recognized Trainer

ETCP Recognized Training Program since May 24, 2010

About APT:
Academy of Production Technology offers on location courses as well as online training. Both opportunities are listed below.

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Entertainment Electrics

Entertainment Electricity, Power Distribution, & Controls Training

About the Presenter:
Richard Cadena
is the author of "Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician and Technician" (Focal Press 2009), "Focus on Lighting Technology" (2002, Entertainment Technology Press), "Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship" (Timeless Communications Press, 2008, and "Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in the Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast and Entertainment" (2006, Focal Press). He is also a freelance designer and the editor of PLSN magazine. His background in electrical engineering and his entertaining communication skills combine to make his seminars a unique and enjoyable learning experience.

Course Description:
Three day course covers everything from basic electricity to advanced power distro, safety, codes and regulations, and control systems. This course counts up to 21 renewal credits for ETCP Certified Electricians.

The first day is the foundation builder and refresher on electricity, including DC, AC, Ohm’s law, power, impedance, phase angles, three-phase power, balancing loads, dimming, and more.

The second day covers electrical safety and power distribution including CEC, NFPA 70-E, portable generators, transformers, feeder cable, disconnects, overcurrent protection, branch circuits, connectors, grounding, GFCIs, load calculations, harmonics, lock-out/tag-out, and more.

The third day covers networking systems starting with binary numbers and working through data distribution systems and networking including Ethernet, RDM, ACN, Streaming ACN, wireless, fiber, and more.

Topics will Include:

  • AC and DC electricity
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Phase Angles
  • Three-Phase Power
  • How to Balance Three-phase Loads
  • Dimming, Including Conventional
    and Sine Wave
  • Dimming
  • Harmonics
  • True RMS Metering
  • DMX Testing
  • Power Distribution Systems
  • CEC
  • NFPA 70-E
  • Arc Flash
  • Arc Blast
  • Power Ratings
  • Feeder Transformers
  • Specifications
  • Single Phase and Three-phase Connections
  • Feeder Cable
  • Disconnects
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Branch Circuits
  • Multicore Cables
  • Breakouts
  • Connectors
  • Terminations
  • Grounding Systems
  • GFCIs
  • Calculating Loads
  • Types of Loads
  • Balancing Loads
  • Electrical Safety
  • Data Distribution Systems
  • Data Termination
  • Design and Installation of
    Data Distribution Systems
  • Networks
  • Digital Electronics
  • DMX512 & DMX512-A Remote Device
    Management (RDM)
  • Architecture for Control Networks (ACN)
  • Streaming DMX over ACN

$225 per day or $675 total. ($75 courtesy discount for USITT members, ESTA members, and IATSE members who sign up for all three days. For discount code, please contact Richard Cadena.) Fee includes admission, notebook with class materials, "Production Electrician's Handbook 2009," and lunch during the course of the three-day class. Fee does NOT include transportation, lodging, and associated expenses.


  • ETCP Recognized Course
  • This class covers topics that are listed as being in the content outline for the
    ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification exam
  • ETCP re-certification credits for certified entertainment electricians and riggers
  • 100-page+ workbook with graphic illustrations
  • Complete information for beginners as well as experienced professionals
  • Gluten-free, 100% vegan, calorie-free, and no artificial sweeteners

Online Training:

The online version of the popular Entertainment Electricity, Power Distribution, and Control Systems class on your computer when it's convenient for you. This course is presented in three segments, the first of which has eight short video presentations followed by a short test. The videos are no more than 15 minutes each and they are graphically illustrated using drawings and animations. The tests vary from 10 to 25 questions and the results are completely private. No one but you has to know your score. There are also practice worksheets that allow you to sharpen your skills and refine your understanding. 

The APT Electrics Online Course Allows You To:

  • Work at your own pace
  • Study in the privacy of your home or office
  • Watch the video until you understand; play back, rewind, play over,
    and pause whenever you like
  • Avoid missing work and a paycheck in order to attend a class
  • Avoid travel expenses

The first segment covers basic electricity, Ohm's law, circuits, AC electricity, reactance, power factor, 3-phase power, and more. The second and third segments are under development and will be available soon. To register, please follow this link.

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