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Become an ETCP Certified Technician and join the ranks of the elite.

Crafted by leading organizations, unions, major employers, and world-class technicians, the ETCP Certification Program is synonymous with expertise—and employers know it. 79% of employers encourage personnel to obtain ETCP credentials. In our growing industry, ETCP certification gives you the competitive advantage you need. Because when you’re ETCP Certified, you’re the best person for the job.

To sit for an ETCP examination, you must qualify through a point system. The requirements are slightly different for each examination but focus on work experience. Formal education and apprenticeships/internships can be factors as well. Check the eligibility requirements for the exam you are interested in.

Each examination consists of 165 multiple choice questions of which 150 items are scored. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Candidates with disabilities may apply for special accommodations.

ETCP is committed to protecting information about its applicants/candidates/certificants.
Examination results and personal information submitted with an application or recertification request are considered confidential and will not be disclosed, divulged or made accessible to anyone other than the applicant/candidate/certificant unless a signed release is provided by the applicant/candidate/certificant, or as required by law.

Computer Based Testing 

To Apply:

1. Find out which of our Computer Testing Centers is in your area.

2. Fill out the appropriate Computer Based Testing Application Form:

3. Send the completed form along with the fee (checks must be made out to ESTA) to:

Via mail:
Attention: Test Application
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609
New York, New York 10036

Via E-mail: or fax: 212-244-1502

Once accepted, you’ll receive a packet with information on scheduling your exam. Exams are offered nearly every business day at over 190 testing centers.

Paper and Pencil Examinations
Employers or organizations may host on-site Paper and Pencil Examinations with proctors provided by our testing company, PSI. Read about our hosting requirements.

Practice Exams
50-question Practice Exams are available online for just $40 each. No application is necessary. The exam will be available to you for 90 days.

You may only take the exam only once, but you can pause and resume as much as you like (be sure to wait until you’re completely finished to click “submit”). Once submitted, you’ll receive a score report that identifies your strengths and weaknesses. 

We understand that computer-based testing may be intimidating. To boost your confidence, watch this short video on Testing Procedures so you know what to expect. We also have Test Taking Tips to help you on the day of the exam.

Exam Fee

  Non-Member Member*
First ETCP Examination (U.S. & Canada) $650 $550
First ETCP Examination (Outside U.S. & Canada) $700 $650
Retake Fee for Failed Exam Within 2 Years (U.S. & Canada) $225 $175
Retake Fee for Failed Exam Within 2 Years (Outside U.S. & Canada) $250 $200
Second ETCP Examination Within 1 Year (U.S. & Canada) $450 $350
Second ETCP Examination Within 1 Year (Outside U.S. & Canada) $500 $400
Second ETCP Examination After 1 Year (U.S. & Canada) $650 $550
Second ETCP Examination After 1 Year (Outside U.S. & Canada) $700 $650

*Members or employees of one of the following organizations: ESTA, AMPTP, CITT, IATSE, IAVM, InfoComm International, League of American Theatres and Producers, TEA, and USITT

You may not combine multiple discounts. Maximum discount is $100 per examination. Applicant must provide verifiable documentation of current membership.

Effective December 16, 2016, the IATSE Training Trust Fund will reimburse the full cost of the ETCP exam ($550). Anyone applying for reimbursement for exams taken after December 16, 2016 can submit for the full cost of the ETCP exam. For more information:


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