Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians

The Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians exams provide an assessment of a uniform set of criteria, basic knowledge, and skills for theatre and live performance technicians to promote more productive and safer environments for the entertainment industry.


Test new or potential employees for basics skills and knowledge.
Harness the strengths of your personnel, identify areas of improvement.


Industry-vetted baseline exam to add to your resource toolbox
for high school, CTE program, or university students.

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eSET offers a certificate for passing each level. Each step builds on the last.

To sit for the Level 2 online exam, the candidate must possess the Level 1 online exam certificate.

High School | CTE

Technicians holding this certificate have passed a 50 question exam covering a full range of high school level questions on all topics: basics & safety, venue, personnel, audio, costume & wardrobe, lighting, electrics and projections, rigging, & scenic.

Level 1 - Basic Terms & Safety

Technicians holding this certificate have passed a 100 question exam covering workplace safety, stage directions, basic theatre architecture, and basic job descriptions common to the entertainment industry.

Level 2 - Concentration Specific Technical Exams (Prerequisite –Level 1 Basic Terms & Safety Certificate)

Technicians holding these certificates have passed at least one of the concentration specific online technical exams. Each of these exams is 100 questions, covering safety, vocabulary, equipment recognition, area specific jobs and more. Topical examinations currently available:

Audio  | Costuming | Lighting & Electrics | Projections | Rigging | Wardrobe

Level 3 – COMING SOON:

Practical Technicians holding these certificates have passed a practical exam with a proctor from the installation, manufacturing, commercial theatre, or regional theatre side of the industry. These certificates are available in most of the area concentrations.

More about eSET:

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