The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council announced the first ETCP Certified Arena and Theatre Riggers. The “Class of 2005” have passed the rigorous, competency-based examinations in arena and/or theatre rigging, which took place in November 2005, and are listed on the ETCP website at etcp.esta.org.

There are 97 ETCP Certified Arena Riggers and 111 ETCP Certified Theatre Riggers (45 individuals actually hold both certifications). They can be identified on the jobsite by requesting to see their ETCP ID card that includes their picture, date of certification and area(s) of specialty. Riggers with ETCP certification can display their status through the use of the exclusive ETCP Certified Rigger logo on their business card or website, a special lapel pin, embroidered patch, or workbox sticker.

Those looking to hire a competent rigger who is dedicated to safety on the job should view the list of Certified Riggers on the ETCP website. Not only did these riggers pass this thorough assessment, they also signed an agreement to abide by the ETCP Certified Entertainment Technician Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to advance the integrity, honor and prestige of this profession by adherence to the standards set forth.

The ETCP rigging certifications are designed for highly experienced riggers, including rigging supervisors and high steel riggers. All interested riggers are invited to join the new ETCP Certified Riggers in gaining certification by applying today. Administrations of the rigging examinations will be held at computer centers across the US beginning March 15, 2006.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available online. Contact Katie Geraghty, ETCP Certification Director, at 212-244-1505 or kgeraghty@esta.org to receive the examination form by mail/email.

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes AMPTP, CITT, CCE, ESTA, IAAM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, PRG, TEA, and USITT.