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ETCP Graduates First Class of Certified Riggers

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council (ETCP) has graduated its first class of certified arena and theatre riggers. The 97 ETCP certified arena riggers and 111 ETCP certified theatre riggers took the rigorous, competency-based examinations in arena and/or theatre rigging in November 2005. There are also 45 individuals that hold dual certificates.

The ETCP rigging certifications are designed for extremely experienced riggers including supervisors and high steel riggers. The next rigging examinations will be held at computer centers across the US. beginning March 15. Information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available online ( For additional information, contact Katie Geraghty, ETCP Certification Director, at 212-244-1505 or

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, CITT, CCE, ESTA, IAAM, IATSE, InfoComm, The League, PRG, TEA, and USITT. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner