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Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP)

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- Description
- French ETCP Exams
- On-line Practice Exams
- Bilingual Glossary of Rigging Terms


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.


In Québec, the ETCP program posed a problem : because the exams were written in English, Francophone candidates found themselves greatly disadvantaged if they did not sufficiently mastered the English language. Note that the exams include 150 questions plus 15 pretest questions and the time allocated to complete it is three hours.

For those reasons, CITT approached the ETCP Council in 2006 to obtain permission to translate into French the certification exams for Arena Rigging and Theatre Rigging. With the help of its Québec Section CQICTS, it then turned to the Quebec’s cultural human resources council (CQRHC*) who prepared and filed the request for funding for this ambitious project at a provincial funding program for workforce development and the recognition of skills (FDRCMO).   The project and its financing were approved in June 2009, the translation began in August 2009 and ended in March 2010. Read more here.

The first administration of the French exams took place on April 27, 2010 in Montréal and a second administration was repeated on September 30, 2010. A third administration took place on October 1, 2011 and a forth is planned for May 3rd, 2014 in Montréal. 

CITT/ICTS will continue to work with its Québec section CQICTS in assuring that the French ETCP paper and pencil arena and theatre rigging exams be made available annually, notably during the EN COULISSE tradeshow, which is usually held in April in Montréal, and in September, depending of the demand. Our goal is to ensure an annual and recurrent administration of the French ETCP pencil and paper rigging exams in Québec.

For more information about the  administration of the French exams, please contact CQICTS at 

On-line Practice Exams

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.  

Bilingual Glossary

The translation of both exams was validated by a group of subject matter experts, many of whom were certified riggers ETCP. A subsequent benefit of this impressive work is the creation of a bilingual glossary of terms used for rigging. The document is available in PDF format or in EXCEL (for search and sorting in both languages).

 If you have any comments about the glossary, please contact us at  


* 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.

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