The riggers expert working group: (from left to right) Pierre Morin (facilitator), Stéphane Mayrand, Tom Heemskerk, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brent Letain, David Charbonneau, Jesse Carroll, Patrick Chassin and Hugo Hamel. Absent from the photo: Craig Reid)
As explained in past news bulletins, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) and CITT are working together to establish professional standards for General Stage Technicians (Stagehands) and Riggers in the Live Performing Arts, based on the competency charts that CHRC developed with the industry in 2007.
In December 2009, expert working groups of practicing professionals met in Montreal to review the charts and undertake a formal process to define and recognize skill levels for Riggers and General Stage Technicians (Stagehands). These will form the basis for professional standards recognized across the country by the two occupations.
In early 2010, the existing Training Gaps Analyses for each occupation will also be reviewed and analysed in terms of the skill levels that have been developed by the expert working groups.
In April 2010, CHRC will host a national one-day facilitated Roundtable with CITT members, including Riggers and General Stage Technicians (Stagehands), to help develop a process and system for professional recognition across the country.
Stay tuned for more information!