Frequently Asked Questions
What is the IATSE Training Trust Fund?
The IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund is a Taft-Hartley and ERISA Trust. Our purpose is to facilitate and support training and craft skills development for IATSE members and those working in IATSE-represented crafts, and to promote industry-wide recognized standards for safety and craftsmanship in the entertainment and exhibition industries.
How long has the IATSE Training Trust Fund been in existence?
The IATSE Training Trust Fund was formed on June 22, 2011. The settlors are IATSE and DADCO, LLC (an equipment provider in the motion picture industry).
How many Trustees are there?
The IATSE Training Trust Fund is governed by an equal number of Employer Trustees and Union Trustees.
Can a local access TTF support and programs if they don’t have Training Trust collective agreement contributions?
The TTF supports training and certification reimbursement for IATSE workers, regardless of whether their local has signatory employers. However, priority is given to locals with Training Trust contributions in their collective agreements, based on the financial demands on the Trust.
Our local is negotiating an agreement and wants to put the Training Trust Fund in the agreement, what should we do?
The local should request a copy of the model language. There is specific binding language that is required to be in every agreement for that employer to be accepted by the Trustees of the TTF.
Who is eligible for TTF benefits?
Any individual who is an active IATSE member or is working under an IATSE agreement is eligible for TTF programs and is a beneficiary of the TTF. Some courses may have specific class pre-requisites which must be met for admission to the course.
Can family members participate in TTF programs or classes?
No. Only trust beneficiaries can participate and benefit from programs and services offered by the TTF.
Can you reimburse locals and workers for union leadership development?
No, the TTF can only support safety and craft skills training, but the IATSE Education Department might be able to help. The IATSE’s Labor Education Assistance Program (LEAP) provides reimbursement money to officers of local unions who enroll in qualifying Labor Studies Programs. The IATSE Officer Institute is a five-day, intensive certification program with courses that range from Labor Law and Collective Bargaining to Union Finance, to managing day to day challenges and dealing with conflict.
I participated in the Train the Trainer workshop. Does this mean I'm a TTF trainer now?
Sorry, but no. You are not a TTF trainer and we will not hire you to teach our courses. We cannot pay you to develop your courses, and taking this course does not certify you to be a trainer in any specific topic (OSHA, ETCP, AV, etc.). What it does do is give you the tools to develop courses for your own local.
Our local doesn't have a training program, but we'd like to start organizing classes. What do we do?
A great place to start is our Guide to Developing Training Programs. Establishing a training program and enlisting the help of local trainers can reduce your training costs while increasing training opportunities for IATSE workers. We encourage you to use this guide as a resource to evaluate and address your local's training needs. You can find course templates including flyers, applications, sign-in sheets, evaluations, outlines, and an instructor guide here. And you can request a list of instructors from our Trainer Database here.
Our local wants to organize a training and we have an instructor, but we need financial assistance. Can the TTF help?
Yes! Our Course Reimbursement program offers a reimbursement to locals offering their own craft safety and skills training. Reimbursements are intended to help defray the cost of providing group training and courses must meet a minimum of five students. A local union officer must submit the application prior to training. Refer to the Course Reimbursement page for the application acceptance schedule. We will notify you once the application is approved and let you know which expenses we can reimburse. Click here to see a sample of a complete Course Reimbursement Application.
Our local has funding for a course, but we don’t have a trainer. Can the TTF help?
Yes! A local officer can request a list of trainers who can teach a specific craft or topic. We will search our Trainer Database for the trainers that match the criteria and send it out to them. The TTF doesn’t recommend which trainer to use; it is up to the local to decide who best meets their needs.
Can you reimburse for industry certifications?
Yes! We reimburse individuals the cost of exam fees for successfully obtaining these certifications: AED; CTS; ETCP Arena Rigger, Theater Rigger, Entertainment Electrician, Portable Power Distribution Technician; and SPRAT. Include a copy of your certification and a copy of your exam payment receipt when you submit your Certification Reimbursement application.
How can I take free AVIXA courses online?
The IATSE TTF/AVIXA Partnership includes member access to free and discounted training and seminars, free event and trade show admittance, networking opportunities, tools, and resources for AV professionals. AVIXA partnership registration is open to all IATSE workers. Visit the AVIXA Partnership page to apply. We will email your AVIXA username and password to you. Please allow up to three weeks for processing.
If you already have an AVIXA/InfoComm account, please provide your credentials and we'll link it to the partnership.
My AVIXA password and username don't work. How do I reset my password?
Fill out the AVIXA Password Reset Form by entering your email address and they will send you a link to reset your password.
Safety First! Online Courses
Where do I log in to take the courses?
You can log in by clicking the “Click Here to Log in to Courses” button on the IATSE TTF Safety First! page or by following this link. We suggest you bookmark or add the login page to your favorites to make logging in for future courses easier.
I can’t remember my user name. Can you send it to me?
Your user name should be your first and last name followed by your local union number and month and day of birth. For example: Jessica Brown of Local 268 born on July 7th would be: jessicabrown2680707. If you are still having trouble, you can email us to request your user name.
Can I take the courses on my phone or tablet?
The courses are optimized for use on a computer, laptop, or iPad/tablet. While the courses will display on your phone (iPhone and Android), we do not recommend using these devices as the interactive activities will not work properly.
What browsers can I use for taking the courses?
You can take the courses using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is no longer supported, and we are not able to fix any difficulties you may have with the course if you’re using IE as your browser.
Why am I getting the message "Your internet connection appears to be unreliable at the moment. Your progress in the course may not be saved properly as a result. If you see this message more than once, you should exit the course and return when you have a dependable internet connection."?
You will see this message if the system senses your internet connection is not strong enough. When this happens, your progress in the course may not be saving correctly. If you see this message several times, it is recommended that you exit the course properly and try again later when you have access to a more reliable internet connection.
Will my progress be saved if I log out before I’m finished taking the course?
Yes, your course progress is saved every 15 seconds when you have a reliable internet connection. To ensure your course progress is saved, click on “Exit Course” (top right corner) before closing the page.
Online Safety for MPTV Workers
What is the Online Safety Training for motion picture workers?
The IATSE Training Trust Fund in partnership with Contract Services Safety Pass offers free online safety courses for motion picture & television workers. The program includes access to two courses: General Safety “A” and Environmental Safety “A2.” These courses cover general industry-related safety topics, such as injury and illness prevention, personal protection equipment, lifting safety, and hazard communication.
Who is eligible for the program?
This online safety program is available to individuals performing work under the IATSE Area Standards Agreement.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Upon completion, you will be mailed a Safety Pass card. You are encouraged to show your Safety Pass card to industry employers.
How do I apply?
Visit the Motion Picture TV Online Safety page and click on the “Download Application” button to download the application. Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we verify your eligibility, Safety Pass will email your registration PIN within three weeks. Use this PIN to create your portal account and enroll in classes.