The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP)has launched web-based practice exams for the Rigger - Arena, Rigger – Theatre, and Entertainment Electrician certification exams, which will be available starting July 15, 2009. The web-based practice exams will consist of 50 questions and are available from that date forward for $35 at www.goamp.com. Candidates should go to the “Candidates” and then follow the menu to ETCP where can choose one of the three exams.

In addition, all three ETCPexaminations will be given at the LDI show in Orlando, FL in November. The entertainment electrician exam is scheduled for Friday, November 20th; the arena rigging exam is to be given the morning of Saturday, November 21st; and the theatre rigging exam is scheduled for that afternoon. Candidates who wish to take multiple exams will receive a discount for the second exam. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than October 26, 2009. Space is limited, so submit your application today!

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website, or if you would like the information mailed to you, please email Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager at call her 212-244-1505.

For those who can’t make it to Orlando, rigging examinations are given daily at over 190 computer-based testing centers across the US and Canada. After your application has been received and accepted, you will be sent information on how to schedule your examination at a site, date, and time that is most convenient for you.

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, BASE Entertainment, Broadway Across America, The Broadway League, Cirque du Soleil/MGM MIRAGE, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, ESTA, IAAM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, PRG, NBC Universal, SHAPE, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.