Get Certified: Rigger - Arena / Theater
All experienced riggers 21 years of age and above are invited to take ETCP's rigging certification exams. The intent of the rigging examinations is to evaluate and validate the knowledge and skill base of the upper third of riggers working in the entertainment industry. These positions typically involve the health and safety of technicians, performers and audiences, and require compliance with OSHA and other laws. Those who pass this rigorous test will become ETCP Certified Riggers and will be recognized by other professionals as the industry's best.
There are two ETCP rigging credentials, each with its own exam:
- ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena
- ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre
An applicant may seek certification in either or both of these divisions. Each division has its own separate examination covering the specific knowledge, skills and abilities needed.
The Arena Certification encompasses rigging that employs chain hoists and truss systems to temporarily suspend objects from overhead structures in any environment. ETCP recognizes that these methods and hardware are used throughout the entertainment industry in arenas, convention and trade show spaces and in theatrical venues. However the principles, practices, and components are consistent and similar in all applications and are different from those used in traditional theatrical spaces.
The Theatre Certification encompasses rigging that employs the use of counterweighted systems, mechanical systems and hydraulic systems, usually, but not always, permanently installed in facilities for the use of theatre technicians in the execution of their rigging responsibilities.
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 (available in English or French) 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 (available in English or French) 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 uses a point system to determine eligibility for examinations. A candidate must have 30 points to apply for either or both of the ETCP Rigging Examinations. This table lists the points awarded for various work experience, training (i.e., internships or apprenticeships) 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 (available in English or French) and Application Materials for more detailed information.
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ARENA / THEATRE
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Exam Content: Arena
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