The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Council is proud to announce that 28 certifications were awarded today to members of IATSE Local 873. On May 12, 2007, both the Arena and Theatre Rigging exams were administered at the union hall in Toronto. Of the 28 certifications granted, 11 individuals hold both certifications.

Local 873 made a commitment to becoming the IATSE Local with the most certified technicians in North America, and they have achieved this goal. Bob Daprato, who sits on the executive board of Local 873, arranged for the paper and pencil exams to take place, and says, "I couldn't be more proud of my brothers who took the exams and all their hard work is evident in the results. I am excited that we have achieved our goal of most certified technicians in an IATSE local in North America."

Paper and pencil administrations of any of the ETCP exams may be arranged locally for groups of 10 or more. Computer-based exams are available at 190 testing centers across the US and Canada. Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available online.

If you would like the examination information and application forms mailed or emailed to you, or would like to schedule a local paper and pencil administration, please contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP certification coordinator, at 212.244.1505 or certification@esta.org.

The Local 873 certified riggers are now listed on the ETCP website. Each can be identified on the jobsite by requesting to see their ETCP ID card that includes their picture, date of certification and, most importantly, area(s) of specialty. You’ll also be able to spot them through the exclusive use of the ETCP Certified Riggers logo on their business card or website, or by the special lapel pin, embroidered patch, or workbox sticker.