Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians

The vision of the Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians tests is to provide a uniform set of criteria, basic knowledge, and skills across all fields in the technical arts upon which entertainment technicians will then know as basic technical knowledge across all fields in the technical arts to promote higher quality for more productive and safe environments for the entertainment industry.

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All eSET applicants must pass the Basic Terms & Safety exam prior to taking their first subject exam. There is no charge to take the prerequisite exam.

Basic Terms and Safety




Lighting & Electrics 




Wardrobe Technician


The cost for your first subject exam is $40.  Upon successful completion of a subject exam, you will receive a discount code to take your next exam at 50% off.  The cost of the online exam includes the practical exam as well. Practical exams will always be offered at USITT's annual conference and around the country periodically when feasible.

A lexicon of terminology for the industry has been created. You can download this list on your Apple or Android.

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The eSET working groups are guided by the eSET Council.  This council is made up of professionals who work together to insure the continuity of the program and the continued focus on entry-level, essential skills.

Timeline for New Works

The next bundle of online exams in Projections, Wigs and Make-up, Scenic Construction and Audio are scheduled for a soft-launch at The USITT 57th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis with practical testing in these areas beginning in 2018.

eSET Council Members

Kim Scott, Council Chair, Cirque du Soleil
Carolyn Satter, San Diego Civic Theatres
Robert Scales, Retired Faculty USC and Consultant
Darren E. Levin, Faculty, Middle Tennessee State University
Tom Hackman, Faculty, Davis & Elkins College
Verda Beth Martell, Theater Consultant at DLR Group|Westlake, Reed, Leskosky