CITT/ICTS is a member of the
CITT/ICTS is a member of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Certification Council and its representative is Monique Corbeil, CITT/ICTS's National Coordinator.
ETCP is an industry-wide program that has brought together an unprecedented group of industry organizations, businesses and individuals to create a program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. ETCP focuses on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences. You may become certified through ETCP in the following areas: Rigger – Arena, Rigger – Theatre, and Entertainment Electrician.
Personnel certification is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated certain abilities, skills and knowledge. ETCP encompasses the creation of exams based upon identified bodies of knowledge, the conducting of those examinations, the awarding of certifications, and re-certifying individuals.
Under the auspices of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), ETCP is being developed with the following organizations: Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), CITT/ICTS, InfoComm International, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), The League of American Theatres and Producers, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
The ETCP Certification Council, which is the governing body for ETCP, marks an unprecedented alliance of leaders representing all facets of the entertainment technology industry. At the core of the Council are the industry organizations whose presence ensures their members' voices is heard during the development process, and their involvement is an invaluable resource as the program continues to grow. The Certification Council membership also includes the following entertainment business leaders: Actsafe, BASE Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil/MGM MIRAGE, Disney Theatrical Productions, Live Nation, NBC Universal, and PRG.
To date, there are over 1000 certified technicians across North America, including 156 in Canada. For more information, please visit the ETCP website.
The French certification exams are available in the paper and pencil version, unlike the English examinations, which are available online as well as in paper and pencil version. In addition, the ETCP online practice exams of 50 questions were also translated into French and are available online at a low cost.
* CQRHC intervention in the translation process
Cultural sector consensus has led the CQRHC (Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture) to recommend the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) for the accreditation of experienced Theatre and Arena riggers. For more information on ETCP, visit their website.
The CQRHC has mandated Collège Lionel-Groulx to design and exclusively offer a 35-hour advanced professional development program for experienced riggers. For more information, visit their website (in French only).
The CQRHC was responding to a 2004 Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) notice recommending certification for four hazardous occupations, one of which was rigging. The CQRHC benefited from the support of the Fonds de développement et de reconnaissance de la main-d’oeuvre (FDRCMO) while producing the French adaptation of the ETCP program and designing the 35-hour advanced professional development program.