Rigging Safety

USITT is committed to rigging safety across the industry

From high school stages to the highest levels of rigging professionals, USITT supports inspections, education, and training.

RSIRigging 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. Companies which employ ETCP Certified Riggers can participate.

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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.

Learn about   Glerum Master Classes

ETCP_LogoSupporting ETCP

USITT is a founding sponsor and 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  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, visit www.etcp.plasa.org.