Guide to Developing Training programs

Continuous training and skills development is essential to maintaining the highest levels of expertise demanded of craftspersons working in the entertainment and exhibition industries. 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.

Emergency Action Plan

We strongly encourage locals to develop Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for every training session, meeting, or event to keep people safe. The EAP describes what actions need to be taken to ensure the safety of those attending in the event of an emergency. Emergencies could include, but are not limited to, severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes, explosions, toxic chemical releases, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, acts of violence and medical issues (heart attacks, seizures, injuries, etc.). The EAP includes floor plans or maps which clearly indicate the Escape Routes for the venue, the Exits, Remain-in-Place location(s), and fire extinguishers. It will only take a few minutes to present your EAP to the attendees of the event before it gets started.

ETCP Test Taking Tips

The ETCP Council recognizes that for most individuals who qualify to take any of the certification tests it has been many years since that person has taken a written test. Such unfamiliarity is almost certain to give rise to anxiety and fear of failure. This is only human and to be expected, however, heightened anxiety only hampers a person’s ability to exhibit a positive state of mind when sitting down to answer the 150 questions each examinee must answer. Take a look at the tips they provide for dealing with test anxiety and for better test taking.