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ETCP Recertification Renewal Credits Available at LDI 2009

Chose from rigging, electrical, ropes, cables and switches, and ESTA technical standards updates to earn ETCP credits.

There are multiple courses in the professional training program at LDI 2009, October 17-22 in Orlando, which carry ETCP recertification renewal credits for riggers and electricians. These fall under four different categories:

1) Full-day and multi-day courses presented in association with The ESTA Foundation Seminars and Training Committee, as follows:

Stage Rigging Fundamentals: An Essential Two-Day Course For Riggers
14 ETCP Renewal Credits
Wednesday and Thursday
November 18 & 19 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
$595 ($695 after October 16)
Class limit: 40

Participants must bring a copy of Jay O. Glerum's Stage Rigging Handbook (third edition), a pad of paper, pencil, and hand-held calculator. A two-day, in-depth workshop on the essentials of stage rigging applications for theatres, concert halls, studios, churches, and schools, as taught by rigging expert Jay O. Glerum, ETCP recognized trainer


Electrical Power Measurement Techniques
7 ETCP Renewal Credits
Thursday, November 19 • 9:30am-5:30pm
$395 ($495 after October 16)
Class limit: 24

Electrical Power Measurement Techniques is a full-day session that teaches attendees how to use meters safely, to measure voltage, and load, phase relationships in temporary power distribution systems. Class includes use of a variety of DMMs (Digital Multi-Meters) and Power Quality Meters that provide the ability to look at not only amperage & voltage, but also the actual sine wave and how it is affected by various types of loads. Presented by IATSE Local 728 on behalf of The ESTA Foundation

Instructors: Roger Lattin* and Alan M. Rowe*
*ETCP Recognized Trainer


Ropes for Riggers
8 ETCP Renewal Credits
Friday, November 20 • 9:30am-5:30pm
$395 ($495 after October 16)
Class limit: 50

A valuable course for riggers who want to improve their knowledge of rope: To truly be a rigger, you must understand rope and how to use it! Taught by: Kent Jorgensen, IATSE Local 80, ETCP Recognized Trainer


2) These sessions that carry ETCP recertification credits feature ETCP Recognized Trainers:

Wizards Of Ohms: Essential Electrical Training
15 ETCP Renewal Credits
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 & 18 • 8:30am - 6:00pm
$595 ($695 after October 16)
Morning coffee sponsored by Bob Luther and LEX Products
Class Limit: 46

This USITT sponsored two-day workshop on electrical power covers many of the items covered in the ETCP Electrician Candidate Handbook outline. It will explain, demonstrate, (and for many summarize) the science of entertainment electrical power systems, the calculations of electrical load, the process of designing power feeder systems, and the interconnection of all equipment

Moderator: Mitch Hefter*,  Entertainment Technology, ESTA Electrical Power Working Group co-chair, ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and ETCP Recognized Trainer.

Co-chairs of this workshop are:
Ken Vannice*, Leviton NSI/Colortran, ESTA Electrical Power Working Group co-chair, ETCP Electrical Skills SME chair, ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician, ETCP Recognized Trainer.

Jerry Gorrell, Theatre Safety Programs, ETCP Recognized Trainer.

Additional panelists include:
Jared Saltzman, Bergen County Community College, ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician, IATSE Locals 52 & 632; Tyrone Mellon, Lex Products; Steve Vanciel, Walt Disney Entertainment stage technician, IATSE Local 631,ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician
*member NEC® Panel 15

TOMCAT USA's Two-Day Hoist & Truss Workshop
16 ETCP Renewal Credits
Wednesday and Thursday, November 18 & 19 • 8:30am - 5:30pm
$595 ($695 after October 16)
Class limit 40

A perennial favorite and one of the most highly acclaimed courses of its kind! This essential two-day session offers hands-on experience, in-depth information, demos, and safety practices for stagehands, riggers, and technicians with varying levels of experience. Veterans and those new to the entertainment industry will all take away highly useful information. Topics cover: hoist assembly, re-assembly, troubleshooting and maintenance conducted by Don Dimitroff of TOMCAT USA; and truss design, usage and theory with Will Todd, TOMCAT USA's Product Support Manager. This is a beginning to intermediate level course for all industry professionals who work with chain motors, truss, and/or motor controls/automation.


3) The third section features sessions presented by members of ESTA's Technical Standards Working Groups for a series of informative panels.

These sessions are free to all ESTA members with an ESTA sticker on their badge.

1.5 ETCP Renewal Credits for the NEC FAQ session; .75 credits for all others.

Mo' Power to the Flyman: Motors in a Manual House
Friday, November 20 • 9:00am-10:30am

What happens when powered rigging systems are installed in a theatre originally fitted with a manual system? What parts of the structure are loaded less, which are loaded more?

Moderator: Charles I. Swift, Graham, Swift & Company, LLC

Panelists: Steve Walker, Steven A. Walker & Associates; Shawn Nolan, Nolan Engineering Services, LLC; Daniel Clark, Entertainment Structures Group

ANSI E1.31: An Industry Standard For DMX512 Over Ethernet
Friday, November 20 • 11:00am-12:30pm

Learn how ANSI E1.31, an Etherbet implementation of DMX512 is used in a lighting control system.

Moderator: Tracy Underhill, Electronics Diversified

Panelists: Scott M. Blair, High End Systems; Daniel Antonuk, Electronic Theatre Controls; Kevin Loewen, Pathway Connectivity

Follow Spot Positions: Where Form and Function Meet
Friday, November 20 • 2:00pm-3:30pm

A look at BSR E1.28, a draft of a new guidance document for planning followspot positions-that actually work!

Moderator: Jack Schmidt, Special Lighting Solutions

Panelists: Charles I. Swift, Graham, Swift & Company, LLC; Chip Purchase, Jones Hall; R. Duane Wilson, George C. Izenour Associates; Richard J. Nix, Entertainment Structures Group; William L. Maiman, MechoShade; Bill Conner, Bill Conner Associates LLC

Getting Back to Earth: Grounding in the Entertainment Industry
Friday, November 20 • 4:00pm-5:30pm

What are the proper system grounding requirements for portable and permanent electrical systems used in the entertainment industry?

Moderator: Roger L. Lattin, I.A.T.S.E. Local 728

Panelists include: George Long, Aggreko Event Services; Torsten Gruhn, Bender Inc.; Ken Vannice, Leviton

All Wet but Okay: Using GFCI in the Entertainment Industry
Saturday, November 21 • 9:00am-10:30am

Learn how GFCI and Ground Fault Protection can be used to protect personnel and equipment when water and electricity might mix.

Moderator: Roger L. Lattin, I.A.T.S.E. Local 728

Panelists: Torsten Gruhn, Bender Inc; Tyrone Mellon Jr, Lex Products

NEC FAQ: Code Panel 15 Members Explain It All
Saturday, November 21 • 11:00am-12:30pm

FAQs about the National Electrical Code, as it applies to entertainment venues.

Panelists:  Mitch Hefter, Entertainment Technology, A Philips Group Brand; Ken Vannice, Leviton; Steve Terry, Electronic Theatre Controls

Working Together with ACN and RDM Protocols
Saturday, November 21 • 2:00pm-3:30pm

Learn how the ACN and RDM control protocol suites were designed to work together seamlessly in lighting control systems and dramatically improve the way you can control and manage lighting and other entertainment equipment.

Moderator: Daniel W. Antonuk, Electronic Theatre Controls; Scott M. Blair, High End Systems; Philip Nye, Engineering Arts

Roofs and Trusses: The Answers Are Not Blowin' in the Wind
Saturday, November 21 • 4:00pm-5:30pm

The session will explain what information manufacturers need to provide to users of trusses and roof systems, and what the user must do to ensure that the structures stay up, even when the wind blows and the earth shakes.

Moderator: Mike Garl, James Thomas Engineering

Panelists: Tray Allen, James Thomas Engineering; Jeff Reder, Entertainment Structures  Group; Adrian Forbes-Black, Total Structures Inc.; Richard Nix, Entertainment Structures Group

Sliding Along: Measuring the Slipperiness of Performance Floors
Sunday, November 22 • 9:00am-10:30am

Members of the Floors Working Group demonstrate the test procedure developed for ANSI E1.34, Entertainment Technology - Measuring and Specifying the Slipperiness of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues.

Jerry Gorrell, Theatre Safety Programs; Tim Hansen, Oasis Stage Werks; Robert R. Scales; Bob Dagger, Harlequin Floors

Up and Down with Camera Cranes
Sunday, November 22, 11:00am-12:30pm

Learn how to safely assemble, disassemble, and operate a camera crane and what environmental hazards to avoid.

Panelist: Kent Jorgensen, IATSE Local 80

Rules Be Gone: Rigging and Risk Assessment
Sunday, November 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm

ESTA's E1.6-1 draft standard for powered rigging systems uses risk assessment as a fundamental design tool. This session will cover risk assessment, how it is done, and how it can be used to deliver safe machinery.

Moderator: Karl G. Ruling, ESTA

Panelists: Ron Bonner, PLASA; Harvey Sweet, ETC; Richard Nix, Entertainment Structures Group


4) This special mini-conference on cables and switches also carries ETCP recertification credits, for each session or the full day:

All About Cables and Switches
Friday, November 20, 2009
2.5 ETCP Renewal Credits for the full day; .5 ETCP Renewal Credits per session

Learn to send the right signals at this full-day mini-conference covering the essence of Ethernet cables and switches, as well as the use of Category 5e, 6, and 6a for audio and video applications. Attend one session or the full day of sessions

Taught by Steve Lampen, Belden

9:00am-10:30am: Introduction and Ethernet 101

11:00am-12:30pm: Ethernet Switches 101

2:00pm-3:30pm: Racks-Converging Entertainment and Networking

4:00pm-5:30pm: Using Category 5e, 6, and 6a for Audio and

Video Applications

Online registration is available for these and all professional training courses at LDI2009.


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