Rigging Safety

USITT has a mission to instill best theatre tech safety practices at the student level and provide life-long training opportunities. Rigging Safety efforts include the USITT Rigging Safety Initiative offering free inspections and safety training for secondary school stages, support for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP), and an upcoming series of Rigging Master Classes in memory of Jay O. Glerum.

USITT Rigging Safety Initiative


The RSI offers free stage rigging inspections and safety training for secondary schools across America. Schools can apply for the service twice a year, in spring & fall.


Applications for the next funding cycle in Fall 2015 are due November 15. Previous applications not yet funded will be retained and automatically considered in the next cycle.


The RSI is open to all secondary schools nationwide. Once a school's application is approved, they choose from a list of participating ETCP certified rigging inspectors in their area. USITT pays the inspector directly for the inspection and four to six hours of safety training for faculty and student stage crew. The only cost to schools may be the inspector's travel and housing -- if necessary -- and any special equipment such as a lift to access the system.
USITT has a national network of inspectors, so many schools find their cost is ZERO. The school gets a detailed status report on their rigging -- what's working properly and what potential safety problems can be prevented with routine care. Free safety training for up to eight staff & students helps ensure safe operation of a complex system. Thanks to our sponsors & donors, we can promote safe stages for students at llittle or no cost to schools!

  Interested in becoming an inspector for USITT's RSI?
Check here to see if you are eligible, and click the button below to apply.




For a list of participating rigging inspectors, click here

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The Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes 

A new series of rigging master classes in memory of master rigger and USITT Fellow Jay O. Glerum is being planned to start in summer 2016. USITT will offer training sessions for beginner to advanced riggers in different locations around the country each year.
Jay Glerum was a frequent USITT presenter and author of the Stage Rigging Handbook.  He passed away in June 2014. The Glerum Master Classes will include advanced classes carrying ETCP credit and entry to mid-level classes carrying CTE credits.  USITT welcomes sponsorships to help keep costs low for two to three days of training.  Industry sponsors already on board include
Sapsis Rigging, JR Clancy, iWeiss, H&H Specialties, Chicago Flyhouse, ETC, Texas Scenic, Barbizon, and PTO Partners.





  USITT Supports ETCP
USITT is a contributor to the ETCP program run by PLASA and holds a seat on the ETCP Council. USITT offers ETCP exams for both ETCP Certified Rigger and ETCP Certified Electrician at its Annual Conference & Stage Expo. USITT members get a $100 discount on the $600 exam fee. ETCP certification is becoming the industry standard for assessing professional stage riggers and electricians. Candidates must have over 3,000 hours of work experience to qualify, and once certified, must maintain that status via renewal credits and/or retaking the exam. 

For more information, please visit www.etcp.plasa.org.