TTF Train the Trainer Master Class Launches This Year!

The IATSE Training Trust Fund is launching a new course with Dr. Mark Johnson this year. The course is based on feedback from participants wanting a “next level” course, additional input from Dr. Johnson on their lesson plans, and time to work on course development.

The purpose of the new Train the Trainer: Master Class is to give both new and experienced local safety and skills trainers a weekend to work with Dr. Johnson and their peers on the writing, developing, and/or fine tuning of their course curriculum that will be taught at the local. This two-day, intensive workshop is intended for individuals who have conducted at least three craft skills or safety training classes for their local since attending the Train the Trainer: Teaching Techniques course and want to work on developing and/or fine tuning a safety or skills course.

Workshop participants come to class with a concrete lesson they want to develop or refine and will work with Dr. Johnson and in small groups on their lesson plans. Participants must meet the course requirements and be nominated/selected by their locals to attend. Nominated trainers turn in a course outline to their local and applications are then completed and submitted by a local union officer.

Course nomination criteria:

  • Completed the “Train the Trainer: Teaching Techniques” with Dr. Johnson
  • Currently teaching skills and/or safety courses at your local
  • Working on or want to work on developing a new course or improving a course that they already teach (courses taught with TTF curriculum or OSHA classes cannot be used as a course to be submitted)

The Training Trust Fund is paying for the cost of three nights of room and taxes at the hotel where the training is held. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided by the TTF on days that class is in session. As with other courses, the TTF cannot pay for the cost of travel, meals outside of the ones provided, other incidentals or per diem costs. All Master Class course sessions will be held in Kansas City. The first session is on May 20 & 21, 2017 with an additional session in the fall.

Local officers with questions about the Master Class should contact Executive Director, Liz Campos.

New OSHA Outreach Trainer: Eric Webster, Local 31

Congratulations to Eric Webster from IATSE Local 31 for completing the OSHA Outreach Trainer program at Metropolitan Community College OTI Education Center! With support from the TTF's OSHA Training Institute Supported Funds program and after applying to teach the TTF OSHA 10/GES Curriculum, Eric taught the first OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety course of the year in Kansas City, MO. As an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer, Eric will be able to teach the TTF's OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety training for his local and other locals.

I am looking forward to spending more of my time helping to train members of our local and the Alliance in general in the things I have learned over the years. I am very excited about this new opportunity to teach the OSHA 10/GES class because no matter what your craft, safety is a backbone of whatever you do.
— Eric Webster

Eric is a 25 year member and is currently the Head Carpenter at Starlight Theater. He is also the Treasurer and member of the Education Committee of Local 31 in Kansas City. He spent 10 years touring with Broadway shows as the A1, and his sound designs have been heard across the country. He has BFA and MFA degrees and is a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and ETCP Certified Rigger-Theater. He completed the TTF Train the Trainer program in Boston.

Deadline for ETCP Applications for USITT 2017 Approaching

For Immediate Release from ESTA

Contact: Meredith Moseley-Bennett

212-244-1505 | etcp@esta.org

Deadline for ETCP Applications for USITT 2017 Approaching

All four ETCP examinations will be given on one session at USITT in St. Louis, MO on the morning of Saturday, March 11, 2017. The deadline is quickly approaching. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than February 14, 2017. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave, Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036. USITT members and employees receive a $100 discount on examination fees.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website. Materials can also be mailed by contacting Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or etcp@esta.org

ETCP provides evidence of technical proficiency and professionalism in the industry. Having ETCP Certification shows which technicians are in the top third of the industry professionals in North America. Furthermore, to maintain certification, continuing education credits must be accrued to prove certified technicians are current with industry developments and practices. 

Interested in studying for one of the examinations? ETCP offers practice examinations for the Arena, Theatre and Electrical certifications and a practice exam for the Portable Power Distribution Technician certification will be offered in April 2017. Looking for other ways to study? Form a study group or attend training events. Over 2100 technicians have joined the ETCP Study Group on Facebook which includes Certified Technicians who are more than willing to answer questions for those preparing for the exams. 

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 ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, NBC Universal, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

The TTF can reimburse you for ETCP exam costs. Learn more about the TTF Certification and Exam Reimbursement program here.

TTF Presents on Instructor Quality Initiatives at International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Conference

Dr. Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Campos speaking on Instructor Quality Initiatives. Photo by Tom DeRoche, IFEBP.

Elizabeth Campos, IATSE TTF Executive Director, and Dr. Mark L. Johnson, Pittsburg State University professor, presented on Instructor Quality Initiatives at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans - Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs this week. Dr. Johnson teaches the TTF developed Train the Trainer workshops and together they discussed how specific teaching techniques can improve the learning environment and the impact use of those techniques has had on TTF courses and programs. Instructors who use a hands on approach, motivate and inspire their students allow for a class in which workers truly learn their craft. The TTF Train the Trainer focuses on steps trainers can take to make sure workers in their classes learn the content being taught including meeting worker-students' needs, customizing content and delivery, mentoring, motivation, using technology tools, and training and developing instructors.

You can read more about the methodology used in the TTF Train the Trainer in this article written by Mark L. Johnson, Ed.D. and Jeanea M. Lambeth, Ed.D. and published in Benefits Magazine: Redefining Instruction in Apprenticeship Training.

Click here to learn more about the TTF Train the Trainer.

Train the Trainer Atlanta Wrap-up

The TTF just wrapped it's last Train the Trainer of the year with Local 479 hosting in Atlanta, GA. To date, 80+ locals representing the various crafts of the IATSE have nominated worker-trainers to participate in this workshop with the aim of creating new safety and craft skills trainers and improving the teaching skills of experienced trainers.

The response to the Train the Trainer has been so overwhelmingly positive, that we are expanding this program next year and introducing an advanced level course! We're re-branding the original Train the Trainer, which will now be called "Train the Trainer: Teaching Techniques and Presentation Skills." The "Train the Trainer: Master Class for Course Development" will be available in 2017, and local union officers will be able to nominate people who've completed the first Train the Trainer and have conducted 3-5 skills or safety trainings since completing that course.

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Electronic Theatre Controls Announces New Online Training for Renewal Credits

For Immediate Release from ETC

Contact: Meredith Moseley-Bennett

212-244-1505, etcp@esta.org

 

New Online Training to be Offered by ETC

Electronic Theatre Control (ETC) is launching four new ETCP Recognized Courses that can be taken to provide points towards the continuing education requirement for ETCP renewals. Each class takes about an hour to complete and one credit will be issued per course. “We’re excited to offer a new set of resources to our growing number of customers,” says ETC class creator, David Fox.

The classes include:

DMX Theory Operation and Troubleshooting – This intermediate level course covers the history of the DMX standard, signal architecture, and troubleshooting techniques. These six video chapters are for people with a fundamental knowledge of DMX as it relates to basic wire connections and data paths, as well as patching and addressing of devices.

Networking Fundamentals – An introduction to computer networking for entertainment and architectural lighting systems. Learn network wiring practices, review common devices, and learn troubleshooting techniques.

Troubleshooting Technique –This class is designed for anyone wanting to learn more about how to efficiently diagnose and solve technical problems in today’s theatrical systems.

System Maintenance – This beginner level class presents best practices for cleaning and maintaining consoles, power control systems and fixtures to prevent problems before they happen.

These four classes are the first in what ETC hopes to be a long list of online educational offerings. 

“I am extremely excited to see these courses come to fruition, as it will serve greatly in assisting our very busy certificants by offering the opportunity to complete training when it is convenient for them,” stated, Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, “Many are challenged by location or cost and this will go a long way towards helping them achieve the ten points necessary to recertify.”

For more information or to register for classes, visit https://courses.etcconnect.com/.

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 ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is a ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

Upcoming: Costume Design Master Class at The Fashion Institute of Technology

Pattie Barbosa, Facilitator of the Wardrobe Technician/Costume Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Continuing and Professional Studies and Local 764 member, will be presenting a Master Class at The Fashion Institute of Technology on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9:30am to 4pm. 

SXN 540 The Role of the Costume Designer: "So You Want to Make a Movie"

Join with a group of highly experienced film professionals to learn about the entire process of costume design and wardrobe supervision as it applies to making a movie. Information imparted covers both the creative and the practical, taking you through the process of character development to the coordination of set and costume design. Conversation explores the inside working relationships between the unit production manager, production designer, director, director of photography, assistant director, and hair and makeup. Take away the full picture on process, as well as tips on career enhancing behaviors.

Instructor: Pattie Barbosa, Local 764 professional wardrobe costumer, with experts from the film industry

Cost: $195

Register Online or at the school (917) 217-7715

Training Spotlight: IATSE Local 477

Fred Moyse, Local 477 Director of Safety and Training

Since early 2015, William F. (Fred) Moyse has taught over 23 OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety © classes to his local and other locals in the South. And that's just the beginning. As Business Manager and Director of Safety and Training at IATSE Local 477, he regularly returns to the University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute in pursuit of their OSHA Certification program by completing classes in Construction Noise, Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry, Managing Excavation Hazards, Evacuation and Emergency Planning, Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards, Lockout/Tagout, and more!

Fred is a Caterpillar certified forklift and AWP instructor, a Florida certified paramedic, a PADI diver, has USCG 100 ton Master certification, and was the first OSHA Outreach Trainer to become a TTF Recognized Instructor.

Fred's also taken advantage of the TTF's Supported Course program to offer trainings in Aerial Work Platform Operator, Forklift Operator, Gun Safety, ProTools, Basic Electrics, LightBoard Operation, Scenic 101, Faux Paint, Graffiti, Grip 101, and ETCP Refresher to a total of more than 826 IATSE workers in 63 classes!


EWP Operator Training |  September 14, 2016

Forklift Operator Training |  September 14, 2016

Online Safety Training for Motion Picture Workers

Everybody deserves to feel safe and secure at work. When IATSE workers know the basics of workplace health and safety we can help prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses on the job. All working people should feel confident that they will be able to go home safely at the end of the day to the people they love, and all workers are encouraged to educate themselves regarding basic on-the-job best practices.

The IATSE Training Trust Fund is excited to offer free, online, safety training for all workers covered by the 2015-2018 Area Standards Agreement. The free training consists of the General Safety Training “A” and Environmental Safety “A2” Safety Pass courses, as developed by Contract Services. The Training Trust Fund is working with local unions and employers signatory to the 2015-2018 Area Standards Agreement to make sure all eligible workers are able to access and take these courses.

Click here to learn more!

Deadline for ETCP Testing Opportunities at LDI 2016 Approaching

For Immediate Release from ESTA:

All four ETCP examinations, including the new Portable Power Distribution Technician Certification (PPDT), will be offered at LDI in Las Vegas, NV on the morning of Saturday, October 22, 2016. Interested applicants must submit their application and fee to the ETCP office no later than September 26, 2016.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website at http://etcp.esta.org/ldi2016.html. Questions can be answered by Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or etcp@esta.org.

The new ETCP PPDT certification is focused on the large population of industry workers in the roles of technicians, stagehands, portable power set/strike technicians, as well as facility maintenance personnel for a wide variety of venues. This certification targets the top two-thirds of people working with this technology at various types of facilities in the corporate, trade show, outdoor event, theatrical, and motion picture/television segments of the entertainment industry. This certification is a subset of the Entertainment Electrician content outline and does not include questions relating to luminaires, networking, or control systems.

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 ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil/MGM MIRAGE, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, Live Nation, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.