Due to overwhelming interest, the ETCP Council has voted to extend the application deadline for the first ETCP rigging examinations (arena and theatre) to September 1, 2005. Both exams will be held on Saturday, November 12th in conjunction with the ETS-LDI tradeshow.

Riggers who pass these rigorous tests will become ETCP Certified Riggers - and will be recognized as the industry’s best. Candidates who pass the examinations in November 2005 will be acknowledged as the only members of the “Class of 2005” on the ETCP website and will be the first ETCP Certified Riggers in North America. Take advantage of this opportunity to join your peers in the “Class of 2005.”

In a recent survey of industry employers, 81 percent said they would encourage employees or personnel working in their venues to seek certification in rigging. This finding shows that employers want an objective tool that helps them assess riggers’ skills. ETCP Certification provides that tool, helping employers immediately identify riggers with proven capabilities. ETCP also helps the riggers themselves by giving them a credential — ETCP Certified — that unmistakably says, “I know what I’m doing.”

If you’re a rigger, get ready to show the industry what you know. Learn more about ETCP certification by visiting etcp.esta.org, calling 212.244.1505 or e-mailing certification@esta.org.

The rigging certifications are designed for highly experienced riggers (rigging supervisors, high steel riggers, flypersons, etc). Qualified riggers can apply for either one or both exams. Individuals must meet eligibility requirements to apply for the exam(s).

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), Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), International Communications Industries Association (InfoComm/ICIA), The League of American Theatres and Producers, Production Resource Group (PRG), TEA, and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).