Supported Courses

Our Supported Course program offers fixed reimbursements to local unions and employers setting up their own craft skills and safety courses. These reimbursements are intended to help defray the costs of providing group training. Course instruction is supported at a set rate. Pre-approval is needed for all supported courses. 

How to Apply

The local union president, secretary treasurer, BA, or training coordinator must submit a Supported Training Application to the TTF for consideration before the training takes place* and preferably before any training vendor contracts have been signed.

Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before training takes place to allow time for review and processing. A description of the course content, topics covered, and instructor bio must accompany the application.

If a Supported Training Application is pre-approved, the local union will be notified of the amount of pre-approved support** and the process of submitting for reimbursement after the course. The paperwork and policies for reimbursement will be sent to the local union upon approval of the reimbursement. At the conclusion of the training, local unions need to submit the TTF invoice, instructor invoice, itemized receipts, and TTF provided daily sign-in sheets for reimbursement processing. Reimbursements are based on itemized receipts, so if the amount spent is less than the pre-approved amount, only the actual amount spent is reimbursed.

Once supported course funding is approved, your course will be listed on our Supported Course Calendar and people will be instructed to contact you directly if they have an interest in attending your course. You are not obligated to accept IATSE workers from outside your local into Supported Courses, but it can be a good way to fill a course with extra seats.

*The TTF cannot consider applications for courses that have already taken place.

**Please note that we may not be able to support your course application at the full amount requested. Supported course funding is limited in order for funds to be available to as many locals as possible that need them to help support their training.


  1. Approved Supported Training invoices must be submitted for reimbursement within 45 days of completion of the training. After 45 days, the approved Supported Training funds will be forfeited and redistributed to others applying for Supported Training.
  2. Supported courses must take place within the year in which they were originally scheduled. Approved supported funds cannot be transferred to a course or year different from what is approved. 
  3. If for some reason, the date needs to be changed on a supported course, approved locals must contact the TTF as soon as possible to avoid funds being redistributed.
  4. The TTF cannot consider applications for courses that have already taken place.

If your local is able to fund training and wants help identifying trainers, please contact us.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. We will begin accepting 2018 applications on January 2nd, 2018 when our website relaunches.