About ETCP

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has united an unprecedented group of industry organizations, businesses, and subject matter experts to craft a program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. Because we’re focused on the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences, we certify the following technicians: Arena Riggers, Theatre Riggers, Entertainment Electricians, and Portable Power Distribution Technicians.

Personnel certification is the voluntary process by which a nongovernmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated mastery in a discipline. ETCP is responsible for:

  • Creating exams based on identified bodies of knowledge
  • Conducting said exams
  • Awarding certifications
  • Managing certification renewal

ETCP is a program of ESTA. Along with representatives from ESTA, content and industry experts, and large-scale employers, the following organizations maintain seats on the ETCP Council:

  • Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)
  • Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology /
    Institut Canadien des Technologies Scénographies (CITT/ICTS)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • The League of American Theatres and Producers
  • TEA
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

ETCP Certification Council membership also includes the following entertainment business leaders:

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Disney Theatrical Productions
  • Encore Global 
  • Live Nation
  • NBC Universal
  • PRG
  • Walt Disney Park and Resorts
In 2020, ETCP celebrated its 15th Anniversary!

ETCP Mission Statement

We endeavor to develop a Personnel Certification Program to the highest standards that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in specific entertainment technology disciplines. By providing a thorough, independent assessment of aptitude, ETCP strives to enhance safety, improve performance, stimulate training, reduce workplace risk, and give due recognition to the professional skills of entertainment technicians.


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