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NEW YORK - The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has awarded 36 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local One members with its Rigger - Theatre Certification. 

"Local One is very excited and proud of our success in the great number of our members who have recently been certified as ETCP Technicians," said Local One I.A.T.S.E. President James J. Claffey, Jr.  "We believe that this achievement demonstrates our commitment to educating and training our members to provide the best service possible to our many employers, as well as enforcing, enhancing and protecting the traditional jurisdiction of Local One."

President Claffey added, "Congratulations and thanks are also in order to the Trustees of Local One's Training, Education and Technology Fund, Brother Paul Dean, Jr., and Education Committee Chairman for supporting, funding and coordinating all of our newly established initiatives and objectives."

"We are extremely proud to add some of Broadway's finest theatre riggers to the list of ETCP Certified Technicians," said Paul Dean, Jr. who helped organize a four-day training course prior to the exam administration. "Our members who are ETCP Certified also include technicians from Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera House and various television studios who work throughout Local One's jurisdiction which includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester and Putnam Counties."

Eddie Raymond, Chair of the PLASA North American Board, said, "Once again Local One has demonstrated that they are leaders in the theatrical industries. By hosting the ETCP Theatre Rigger Certification Exam and successfully certifying 36 members, Local One has set the standard for theatre locals throughout the Alliance. As someone involved for over 10 years in this initiative I am particularly proud that Local One has embraced the ETCP certification program as a way to demonstrate the commitment to safety and skill of their membership."

Each of these Certified Theatre Riggers is now listed on the ETCP website at ETCP Certified Technicians can be identified on the jobsite by requesting to see their ETCP ID card that includes their picture, date of certification and most importantly, area(s) of specialty.

In order to keep the ETCP examinations fresh and current, the Subject Matter Experts have written new questions for the Theatre Rigging examination. ETCP is set to launch these questions September 1, 2012.   To gather the statistical data necessary to properly score the exam, it is essential that as many Theatre Riggers as possible are tested during the month of September.  To further this initiative, the test administration fee of $675 for groups of ten or more will be waived for the month of September.  Candidate application fees will still apply and score reports will be delayed during this time.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website; if you would like the information mailed to you, please contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes ACTSAFE, AMPTP, Broadway Across America, The Broadway League, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, I.A.T.S.E., InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, PLASA, PRG, NBC Universal, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is a PLASA initiative created to promote industry safety. 

LOCAL ONE WWW.I.A.T.S.E.LOCALONE.ORG is the premiere stagecraft union in the world, representing 3,100 stage and studio electricians, set carpenters, sound designers, audio technicians, moving-light operators, riggers and special effects people in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and Rockland.

Local One members construct, install, maintain, and operate the lighting and sound equipment, the scenery and special effects which thrill and delight audiences attending Broadway shows; concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall; the magnificent, spectacular productions at The Metropolitan Opera and throughout Lincoln Center; and the many entertainment and news broadcasts from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS.  Local One technicians work behind the scenes at numerous cable TV studios, major corporate industrials and special events. 


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