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Rigging and ETCP Preparations Course

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED, BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE THE EMAIL MECHANISM TO EXPRESS INTEREST FOR THE RESCHEDULED ONE.

Combining elements from a number of his rigging and safety courses, in 2020 Brother Robert Koch developed his excellent offering:
Rigging and ETCP Preparations.

Brother Koch was accepted into the first online “Training Techniques & Course Development Workshop” and this class, first presented locally for 205, is now part of the IATSE Train the Trainer curriculum library!

This week, Wednesday June 30th beginning at 10:00am, join Bobby online for another opportunity to celebrate our craft and learn from a leading industry professional.  Offering something for every skill level, however those eligible to test for ETCP rigging certification should not miss this opportunity!

Free for IATSE members and those working under IATSE contracts, flyer below:  

Email interest to: 

The IATSE TTF course description:
This course provides a general introduction to the profession of Event Rigging, as well as preparation for others wishing to elevate and become a Certified Rigging Technician. Topics include review of responsibilities, people in charge, policies, liabilities, tools and equipment used, proper procedures, formulas and calculations, as well as many OSHA requirements. Through this course students gain an understanding of basic and advanced skills used throughout the entertainment industry.
•    Gain an overall understanding of the production process
•    How to interpret and understand weights and ratings
•    Proper use of tools and equipment, including basic troubleshooting methods
•    Safe methods for proper placement and positioning of equipment
•    OSHA requirements for Rigging and Fall Protection
•    Requirements needed to possibly become a ETCP certified technician
DATE: June 30, 2021
LOCATION: Video Conference
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Koch, ETCP certified
This course is made possible through the IATSE TTF Course Reimbursement Program

OSHA-10 Training April 5-9th

Brothers and Sisters,

The IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund is supporting Local 205 in presenting OSHA 10 training & certification this April – join us in the initiative to build a 100% certified workforce!

The workshop is scheduled 4/5 – 4/9, meeting 9:00am-noon online via Zoom.

Attendance is limited, free for IATSE members, those completing all course requirements will earn a valuable industry certification and wallet card.

Presented by Brother Patrick Crowley, don’t miss this opportunity to participate in one of our most appreciated training opportunities!

What is OSHA 10 G.E.S.?

OSHA ten hour training is a safety certification recognized & required across many industries, the OSHA General Entertainment Safety version however uses examples from the entertainment industry, created by IATSE members for IATSE members!

Why should I become OSHA 10 certified?

In addition to the employment opportunities available to certified workers, becoming certified strengthens the IATSE and positions our workforce to remain the recognized industry leader in safety. A certified workforce empowers IATSE leadership in bargaining and aids in competition in securing represented work.

To register for the April training/certification opportunity [click here]

COVID-19 Safety Training Flyer

IATSE COVID-19 Safety Training 3-25

Brothers and Sisters,

The IATSE Training Trust has created COVID-19 safety training intended to guide our workforce in returning to work:

COVID-19: Recommended Guidelines for Preventing Exposure in the Workplace.  

In February the class was revised, updated and is now available to present in a group format.  In addition to essential information and best practices this course discusses administrative controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our workplaces.

Brother Davis has agreed to introduce this important training online via Zoom, tentatively Thursday March 25th at 2:00pm.

To register email: 

If you are unable to attend Thursday’s class another option available to members is the self-directed version offered by the IATSE TTF.  The content will be the same but without the benefit of group discussion and sharing of information specific to our jurisdiction.   Learn more about IATSE “Safety First” self-directed training modules.

Train the Trainer Flyer

IATSE Train the Trainer Courses

The IATSE Training Trust is offering a three-day, 4½ hours per day, Train the Trainer intensive in a distance-learning format.

This workshop is intended for individual trainers who actively teach craft skills or safety classes for their local or are developing those classes for their local. What can trainers expect?

  • Approaches to training-specific content including active learning and critical thinking techniques for in-person and online delivery
  • Online facilitation techniques
  • Selecting materials that connect the learner to content in a meaningful way
  • Hands-on practice designing outlines and lesson plans.

The workshop is for trainers of every experience level.

Upcoming opportunities, attendance is limited:

May 19-21
July 14-16
September 15-17
December 1-3

Email interest by clicking the link below: 

Entertainment Safety Training 2/11

Next week Assistant Business Agent Davis is teaching an IATSE Training Trust created class, Introduction to Basic Entertainment Safety.

Video conference 2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday 2/11.

Introduction to Basic Entertainment Safety Flyer
Safety Course Flyer

THIS COURSE PROVIDES A GENERAL INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT EXPLAINS WHY WORKER HEALTH AND SAFETY IS IMPORTANT, WHY INJURIES AND ILLNESSES OCCUR IN THE WORKPLACE, EFFECTIVE INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAMS, METHODS OF HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL, AND STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND SAFETY.

Class is exclusive to IATSE members and individuals who have worked under an IATSE contract that contributes to the TTF, Freeman AV for example.

Email interest to .

2021 Local 205 Unionism Classes

Any who are interested in joining IATSE Local 205 as a member are required to attend one unionism class before applying.

Our next online unionism class offerings (via Zoom due to COVID restrictions on meetings) will be held:

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvfuGrqz0sEtQ8QvcdEzBHF5MYzyxSH8bJ

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu2prj0qGtZICBgFKAlrFZ1NnXV7nhiF

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkceqvqDgoGd3HGq29uFpbwX3qUuX-yBqU

Please register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
All of the classes above are currently online via Zoom and are subject to change as we adjust to developments per C-19. 

OSHA-10 Entertainment Classes in Nov. 2020

For 205 Members via Announce:

Brothers and Sisters, Next month Brother Patrick Crowley will present OSHA 10 Entertainment, a unique approach to gaining a certification that many employers and workplaces now require.

Temporarily allowed by OSHA to be presented online and divided into five small sessions, this workshop was designed by IATSE members and utilizes examples from the entertainment industry. 

OSHA 10 certification cards will be provided to 15 attendees that meet all instruction requirements.

Offered at no cost to IATSE members, enrollment is limited.  Email interest to the Vice President.

OSHA 10 – Entertainment – November 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (9am-noon)

Also worth noting that some of the only work available during COVID right now is construction/installation work. Many of these jobsites require OSHA-10, and it’s not something you can get last minute.

RISE 2.0 Info Flyer

RISE2 Financial Assistance Opportunity for Austin/Travis Co. Residents

City of Austin / Travis County has made available another relief program for households impacted by loss of work due to COVID-19. RISE 2.0 $2000 relief grants will be dispersed via a lottery to applicants who qualify.

For more details visit the program page:
https://www.austintexas.gov/article/covid-19-relief-state-emergency-rise-fund

To qualify your monthly household income, including UI benefits, has to be below twice (2x) the poverty level, and have lost work/income due to COVID-19.

Applications are accepted Sept. 14th through 7pm on Sept. 21st.

You can apply online here:
https://fund.uptogether.org/rise2

Or apply by phone:
(512) 714-6950

Additionally…

The existing RENT Assistance program applications are still ongoing for households making less than 80% of the MFI (Median Family Income). Providing up to 3 months of rent assistance.

August Financial Aid Opportunities for Austin Residents

Two opportunities became available in August for Austin residents.

RENT Assistance

This program is being periodically funded by the COA, last round of funding and applications was opened on August 19th, which may still have funds available, but is also somewhat first come first serve. There are income thresholds to qualify, and awards are decided via lottery.

Creative Workers Relief Grant

The Creative Worker Relief Grant is a direct result of advocacy on part of Austin’s Chapter of Soundgirls.org in partnership with IATSE Local 205 to earmark some of the CARES Act municipal funding for creative worker relief. It provides for up to a $2000 grant to cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19 loss of income from March 1st to August 17th. This program was definitely designed with live event professionals in mind, among many other disproportionately affected creative fields.

Apply online through August 28th at 5pm.

You can start/stop the application process at any time, so feel free to start it now so you can become familiar with the questions. The video webinar above and FAQ on their site are also excellent resources.

Additional eligibility questions can be fielded by:
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Email:  
Call: 512-588-9971

For application process technical support:
Austin Better Business Bureau
Email: 
Call: 512-318-2683

Awards are to be split. 50% of them are based on a weighted matrix of vulnerability. The other 50% are lottery based. They are NOT based on how quickly you get your application in.

Thank You SoundGirls!
IATSE Local 205
Thank you IATSE Local 205!