Recognized Rigging Training Programs

TOMCAT USA, Inc.

TOMCAT USA, Inc.
5427 N. National Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914
865-219-3700  / 865-673-5818 (fax)

Contact Information:
Will Todd,
Charlie Weiner,

ETCP Recognized Training Program
since August 29, 2006

TOMCAT USA’s, Inc.'s Hoist and Rigging Workshop

Course Locations and Dates:
March 5th-9th, 2018 (TOMCAT USA, Gatlinburg, TN)

To register: Contact the office at 865-219-3700 and/or submit the registration form.

For over 20 years, TOMCAT’s annual Hoist & Rigging Workshop has been recognized worldwide as the most comprehensive training course of its kind.

In 2008 in response to the changing needs of the industry and thanks to the input of a team of industry experts, TOMCAT launched a new and improved curriculum.  These changes allowed participants to receive both beginning AND advanced training in their area of specialization: Hoist or Rigging.

Participants can earn 32 renewal credits at each of these ETCP recognized workshops that provide a unique, hands-on learning experience with industry experts.  This is the perfect educational opportunity for those new to the entertainment industry as well as veterans of the business.

This year TOMCAT is taking it a step further by partnering with Rope Access Professionals to offer another training opportunity to the TOMCAT U experience with a SPRAT Rope Access Certification class.  This will be a 5 day course consisting of four days of training and one day of evaluation

All Workshops Include:
5 days of training, 6 nights of accommodations at the Black Bear Inn & Suites, transportation to and from the airport, lunch onsite during workshop hours, and a tour and catered dinner at TOMCAT’s  factory in Knoxville.  The Rope Access rate also includes all SPRAT certification fees.

Pricing and Deadlines: 

  • $1,599 – Hoist or Rigging Regular Registration (after 11/19/2017)
  • $1,399 – Hoist or Rigging Early Registration (before 11/19/2017)
  • $1,399 – Hoist or Rigging USITT or IATSE Registration
  • $2,399 – Rope Access Registration

Option #1: Hoist and Truss Workshop

  • This course will provide an overview of proper usage of CM 1-ton Lodestars and Prostars, including the disassembly and reassembly of both styles. 
  • CM Hoist (RTC) Road Technician Certification Exam – this portion will test you on what you’ve learned during the hoist section.
  • Automation – will include an overview of automation with live demonstration.
  • Truss – beginning and advanced concepts in truss design, usage and theory, discussions on indoor and outdoor ground support systems.

Option #2: Rigging and Truss Workshop

  • Forces in bridles (math solution and vector solution)
  • Rigging – manual and automated rigging systems, arena rigging, hardware, rope, cable and slings
  • Fall Arrest – staying safe while working at height
  • Introduction to Rope Access (presented by Rope Access Professionals)
  • Truss – beginning and advanced concepts in truss design, usage and theory, discussions on indoor and outdoor ground support systems.

Option #3: Rope Access Certification

  • Maneuvers required for certification including rescues
  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Knots, anchors, systems
  • Rope Access Rules, Regulations, and Safety Standards
  • Team exercises
  • A half day of truss design, usage and theory
  • This course is open to all intro, recert, or direct entry for levels 1, 2 and 3


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