ESET Lighting and Electrics

The eSET Lighting and Electrics Exam consists of two parts. The Online Exam and the Practical ExameSET_Electrics

The Online Exam (with its prerequisite Basic Terms & Safety Exam) may be taken at any time.  To do so follow these steps:

  1. Register in the online testing portal. (remember the user name and password you create)
  2. Take and pass the Basic Terms & Safety Exam, completion of this is required for all eSET exams.
  3. Choose the Lighting and Electrics Exam from the menu on the testing portal.
  4. Successfully complete the exam in the 40 minute allotted time period.

What is covered on the online exam?

The online exam is a set of 100 questions randomly chosen by the system from a larger pool.  The questions are multiple choice and true/false questions covering topics such as:

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When an online exam has been successfully completed, you will receive a certificate via email.  This email and certificate are your admission to the practical exam.  Do not register for the practical exam until you have this certificate.

d2-7612The Practical Exam is given at various times throughout the year including the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo. The next round of practical exams in Rigging, Lighting & Electrics and Costuming will be offered in St. Louis in conjunction with the Annual Conference on Wed. 3/8 from 10am- 2pm at a local venue. Testing slots will be limited and the participant will have had to pass both the pre-requisite, Basic Terms & Safety and their subject specific online exams by 2/28/2016. Testing time sign-ups will begin 2/1/2017 and continue until full or 2/28/17. 

Did you pass an online subject specific exam? Will you be joining USITT in St. Louis? Sign-up for a Practical Test to be held Wednesday March 8 between 10am and 2pm. Testing will be held off-site and transportation will be provided. Complete instructions and details will be sent to those that have signed up via email just prior to the Conference.
Sign-up early. Testing slots are extremely limited. Follow to sign-up now.

AND, while we're speaking of St. Louis, did you know we play the eSET Jeopardy Quiz Bowl on the Expo Floor? If you are Student or Early Career Member and interested in participating read more here:

What is covered on the practical exam?

The practical exam is supervised by an authorized proctor.  The proctor will follow the rubric sheet and guide you through the stations. 

  • Hang and Focus
  • Read a Light Plot
  • DMX Fixture Addressing
  • Lamp Replacement
  • Troubleshooting
  • Wiring Plugs

Successful completion of the practical exam is the highest level of eSET skills proof.  To show your completion you will be mailed a second certificate noting both online and practical completion and a pin which you should wear as proof of your skill set.

The Online and Practical Lighting and Electrics Exams were created by a group of working professionals from a variety of Lighting and Electrics organizations. 

The skills working group consists of:

Chris Collins
Darren E. Levin
Andi Lyons

Sean Savoie
Dana Taylor
Mark Thomason