Part 8. Operation and Training
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248 Operation and Training ETCP Certification In the fall of 2005, the first national certification examination in the entertainment industry was given to riggers (arena) and flymen (theatre). The examination was part of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP), a voluntary process that grants recognition to individuals who have demonstrated certain abilities, skills, and knowledge as riggers and flymen. The ETCP is widely supported and funded by many groups and individuals in the entertainment industry, including the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP); Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT); Clear Channel; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE); International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM); InfoComm International; League of American Theatres and Producers; Production Resource Group (PRG); Themed Entertainment AssoPart 8 8.01 249 ciation (TEA); and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). The ETCP is under the supervision and auspices of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA). The tests can now be taken at various testing centers throughout the country. Applicants must prove that they have had a certain amount of work experience as riggers or flymen before they are eligible to take the test. It is the goal of the industry to eventually have a certified rigger as a lead in every major venue in North America. Contact ETCP on its Web site (http://etcp.esta .org) for additional information about the test. Venue-Specific Training All of the flymen in a venue need not be certified by the ETCP. However, the rigging equipment in each venue is unique, and operating it safely requires venue-specific training. Even though the hardware in two different venues may be from the same manufacturer , the rigging may operate differently due to the unique structure of each theatre. To ensure that the crew in your theatre can operate the rigging system safely and efficiently, a training program for your venue should be set up and implemented. Creating a training program sounds daunting. The suggestions that follow may help to take some of the anxiety out of the process. The list is a suggestion only. Add items not listed that pertain to your venue, and delete items that are not relevant. First, determine where the specific work stations are. Then decide what job skills are needed to work at each station, and list those job skills. Try to limit the checklist to no more than the two sides of a sheet of paper. Put a line on the top of the checklist for the trainee’s name. As the person demonstrates knowledge and proficiency for each item, check it off. When all the items are checked, the person should be a proficient flyman for that venue. General Subjects for All Rigging Systems Every person working with the rigging system on a regular basis should be familiar with the following information. Take time to acquaint the new person with this information. You might consider assigning new hires the responsibility for keeping the rail log and writing the line set schedules and cue sheets to help them really learn your system. 8.02 8.03 250 A. Paperwork 1. Rail log. See Section 7.03 for a description of a rail log. Every person working with the fly system on a regular basis should be familiar with the contents and location of the rail log. 2. Inspection reports. These should be available to all regular hands so they can quickly determine if a strange noise or an odd-looking piece of hardware has been noted before. 3. Line set schedule. This is a listing of all of the line sets, their location from the plaster line, their use, and their capacity. This list serves as a reference for what can be hung for a show and where. A line-set schedule is created for each production. 4. Cue sheet. It is a good idea to have a standard way of writing cue sheets for every show. All rail operators should be familiar with the format for your theatre. 5. Repair and project list. Keep an ongoing list of items that require repair, as well as other projects to maintain and improve the operation. 6. Hardware shopping list. Keep an ongoing, written list of items that need to be purchased. Teach the new hires the pet names for things that you use so that they will know what you are talking about. B. Rail-Operation Checklist __ 1. Rope-lock adjustment __ 2. Moving the tension block __ 3. Adjusting the hand line...


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