IATSE Local 488
Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest
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    1:00 PM,  October 11th, 2020

    This is a virtual meeting via Zoom. Check email for link

    See calendar announcement for the following details:

    • 2nd Reading of Constitutional Resolutions



  • Free Entertainment Industry Trainings
    Updated On: Apr 21, 2020


    The Media & Events Technology industry is really pulling together during this downtime, and one of the brightest beacons during all of this is the efforts being made to help those in our industry learn as much as they can while being isolated. 
    We figured the best way to keep track of all the courses being offered was to create an updating list that we can add to. We’ll be scouring the web for new classes, but we’ll need the help of our readers, too! We will update this list daily! 

    And......There Is More:

    Below is a list of other free trainings from your IATSE Training Trust Fund (TTF) and other sources not on the list linked above:

    In an effort to adhere to COVID-19 guidance from all international, federal, state, and local authorities, we have closed the TTF office for two weeks. Staff are working remotely during this time and can still be reached at all the emails you already use for them. We are focusing on expanding our online and distance learning options to make sure training needs are still met and in the safest possible way. Here are some updates on our online training opportunities:

    Our new Safety First! Online Course is live! Hazard Identification and Safety in the Work Environment was designed to identify, give basic information, and share resources on hazards found in work environments. The main course presents an overview on situation awareness strategies and how they can be used to identify hazards. Once the main course is completed, you can choose from 40 different mini courses on numerous workplace hazards that allow you to customize the learning experience to your needs.

    Log into your account to take this new course → Or Click here to fill out the TTF Safety First Online Courses application online →     

    Other Online Training Opportunities

    The IATSE Training Trust Fund is simplifying the application process for free LinkedIn Learning Subscriptions Simply click the links below and fill out the online forms to apply for each program.

    LinkedIn Learning
    Click here to fill out the LinkedIn Learning application online 

    LinkedIn Learning is a self-guided learning platform with over 15,000 online courses on all types of topics and software. Free LinkedIn Learning Subscriptions are available to active IATSE members and those working under an IATSE agreement. Click here to learn more about LinkedIn Learning →

    ASA Online Safety Training courses. These online trainings include the “A” – General Safety Training, “A2” – Environmental Safety, and “HP1” – Harassment Prevention 1 or “HP2” – Harassment Prevention 2 Safety Pass online courses developed by Contract Services..You can now click here to fill out the application online

    These online courses are only available to those performing work under the IATSE Area Standards Agreement. Please allow up to two weeks for processing. Once they verify your eligibility, you will receive an email from Safety Pass with a PIN and instructions on how to create your online Safety Pass account. Use this PIN to create your Safety Pass account and enroll in the online safety courses.


    Free access to Stan Winston School of Character Arts for Union members during the quarantine for 30 days at no obligation. In order to get your free 30 days of classes please email Nakisha Hester at nakisha.hester@stanwinstonschool.com.

    She will need the details below to set up the accounts:

    Name: John Smith
    Union: IATSE Local 488
    Telephone: 555-555-5555
    Email: johnsmith@email.com


    Basic Rigging and Fall Protection Zoom Course 
    Friday April 17th 9am Pacific

    Colin Peters International Training Trust recognized trainer is hosting a basic rigging and fall protection Zoom class this Friday the 17th and 9am Pacific time. Below is a brief outline of the topics covered. Colin has been developing the content and presentation for the video class room, and has had a few successful classes with students from across the nation. This is an amazing opportunity to learn the basics and participate in what may become a new norm in training for our industry. This offering is FREE! Other classes may be offered in the future so please keep an eye out for them.

    Basic Rigging and Fall Protection - 3 hours
    Discuss the 4 styles of rigging
            Review of the responsibilities of Riggers
            Introduction the Gear and equipment used to rig, including proper use and inspection
            Introduction to Fall Protection, Fall Arrest and Rescue
            Lifting Devices and Proper Motor use
            Review of hardware and slings used

    This is presented as a Zoom classroom. In general if you can, use a headset or headphones. Please mute your microphone when not speaking. Please use the “Raise your hand” feature in Zoom to ask a question or make a comment. Here is a link to register for a Zoom account:https://zoom.us/download Here is a link for tips for Zoom Students

    Lastly here is the Zoom link and info for the class:
    IATSE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Basic Rigging and Fall Protection
    Time: Apr 17, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 691 031 3261
    Password: 1234
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            +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
            +1 253 215 8782 US
    Meeting ID: 691 031 3261
    Password: 1234


    Free ETC Courses Online: Anybody who wants to learn programming and DMX, check out this link to ETCs online courses. From now until May 15, all of their LearningStage online courses will be free!


    The Billington Files More a class for Theatre Lighting Board Ops, but may interest some of our members who cross over and do live events. Practice your programming skills in real time as you listen to award-winning Lighting Designer Ken Billington direct his lighting team for the production of  New York City Center Encores’ Me and My Girl.


    This microlesson will provide an overview of proper cable management for live events. You will learn the basics about the types of cables used and their specific handling and maintenance requirements. The recommended methods of taping, wrapping, tying, and storing cables are described in detail.


    In this lesson, you will learn how to recognize the importance of Balanced Audio, recognize the existence of a ground loop, and distinguish between differential mode and common mode.


    In this lesson, you will learn how to determine microphone placement, determine loudspeaker placement, and determine monitor placement.


    In this lesson, you will learn how to recognize the sounds of buzz, comb filtering effect, heterodyning, noise bursts, poor frequency response, missing content in Audio Mixes, distortion, feedback, and excessive reverberance by their sound. You’ll also learn how to deploy some solutions for each signature sound.


    In this lesson, you will learn how to recognize that all audio problems aren't technology problems, recognize how content affects audio, and recognize how space affects acoustics and audio systems.


    The IATSE TTF/AVIXA partnership includes Premium Member access to free, introductory, online AV courses and a 15% discount on most trainings, free global trade show access, and members-only events.

    The TTF is working on a pilot that will allow for courses approved for support through the Course Reimbursement program to be offered via a distance learning platform. This means teachers would not need to travel and students can participate in the approved course remotely. Keep in mind this will only work for courses without a hands on portion and where instructors are able to adapt their courses to this medium.

    We are doing everything we can so locals are still able to offer courses to members in the safest possible way under the current circumstances.

    As soon as we have this in place, we will make the details available and be in touch with locals that have approved Course Reimbursement applications.


    We are also working on a pilot that will allow us to offer Train the Trainer: Teaching Techniques in a distance learning format that will allow learners to participate remotely and not have to travel to a location to take the course. We will post more information as soon as we are able to set up our platform, schedule, and launch a pilot session.


    Since January, over 12,212 courses and over 71,471 videos have been viewed. These are the most popular courses:

    1. PowerPoint 2019 Essential Training
    2. Keynote 7 Essential Training
    3. Learning DaVinci Resolve 16
    4. Learning Vectorworks
    5. SketchUp 2019 Essential Training
    Log into your account to take one of these popular courses → Or click the button below to get started on your learning path.

    Please stay safe and healthy and know that the team at the TTF is working hard to make sure IATSE workers are able to access our existing and new online learning opportunities.

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