Get Certified: Entertainment Electrician

All experienced electricians are invited to take ETCP's entertainment electrician certification exam. The intent of the electrical examination is to evaluate and validate the competency of the upper third of electricians working in the entertainment industry. These positions typically involve liability issues, the health and safety of workers and audiences, and compliance with the electrical and other laws of the local area, including laws requiring performance by Qualified Personnel. Those who pass this rigorous test will become ETCP Certified Entertainment Electricians and will be recognized as the industry's best. 

This examination covers many areas of the entertainment industry including, but not limited to: theatres, film/ TV studios and on location, arenas/stadiums/sporting events, carnivals/fairs/festivals, circuses, cruise ships, industrial/corporate events, religious events/houses of worship, theme parks, touring concerts/theatre, and other places of public assembly throughout the United States and Canada.

Individuals must meet Eligibility Requirements (see below) to take the exam. These requirements focus on work experience; formal education and apprenticeships/internships can be factors as well. The  Candidate Handbook and Application Materials can be viewed and downloaded. If you would rather have a copy mailed to you, please contact the ETCP office with your mailing address.

The Candidate Handbook 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.

ETCP has two electrical certifications: Entertainment Electrician and Portable Power Distribution Technician. To determine which certification is right for you, please read the Scope of Work Document.


Eligibility Requirements

ETCP uses a point system to determine eligibility to sit for examinations. A candidate must have 30 points to apply for the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Examination. This table lists the points awarded for various work experience, training (i.e., internships or apprenticeships), licensure, 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 and Application Materials for more detailed information.

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