Ethan Gilson, one of the ALPS Production Team's Lighting Directors, was
among the elite "ETCP class of 2005" to earn the right to take AND PASS the
two different rigging certification tests, ARENA and THEATRE Rigging.
The Arena certification encompasses rigging that employs chain hoists and
truss systems to temporarily suspend objects from overhead structures in any
environment. ETCP recognizes that these methods and hardware are used
throughout the entertainment industry in arenas, convention and trade show
spaces and in theatrical venues. However the principles, practices, and
components are consistent and similar in all applications and are different
from those used in traditional theatrical spaces.
The Theatre certification encompasses rigging that employs the use of
counterweighted systems, mechanical systems and hydraulic systems, usually,
but not always, permanently installed in facilities for the use of theatre
technicians in the execution of their rigging responsibilities.
The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is a new
industry-wide program that is bringing together an unprecedented group of
industry organizations, businesses and individuals to create a program of
rigorous assessments for professional technicians.
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), Canadian Institute for
Theatre Technology (CITT), 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
Personnel certification is the voluntary process by which a nongovernmental
organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated
certain abilities, skills and knowledge. ETCP will include the creation of
exams based upon identified bodies of knowledge, the conducting of those
examinations, the awarding of certifications, and re-certifying individuals.
ETCP will focus on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of crews, performers, and audiences.