The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA)announced that Production Resource Group (PRG) has made a substantial $100,000 donation to the development of the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP). PRG’s contribution brings the total pledges received to date to just over $600,000.

Upon announcing the donation, Jere Harris, PRG chairman and CEO stated, "PRG is proud to be a cornerstone sponsor of the ETCP. We recognize that our future success will be tied to the skills and training of our people, and the ETCP will help us identify the very best technicians available." "We are very pleased that PRG has recognized this important program with their very significant and generous contribution," said Tim Hansen, ETCP Council Chair. "For this program to succeed, it is essential to have support from major employers like PRG."

ETCP is developing a new industry-wide certification program for entertainment technology technicians. The ETCP Fundraising Campaign is seeking funds for the development stage of the Program which is expected to become self supporting once the initial development phase is complete.

PRG joins Clear Channel Entertainment, IATSE, and USITT as an Executive Producer contributor, ETCP’s highest fundraising level.

ETCP will set standards for safer working practices and reduce workplace risk in all entertainment venues. Industry experts will develop rigorous assessments, conduct examinations, and award credentials to qualified entertainment technicians. ETCP will focus on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of performers, crews and audiences, beginning with rigging skills and electrical skills.

For more information visit www.etcp.esta.org.