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ABTT Bronze Certificated Award for Technical Theatre Training (London, September 2014)

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Dates: Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th & Friday 12th September 2014. (You must complete all 5 days to obtain full accreditation)
Costs: (please note your place cannot be confirmed without a deposit of £100)

£650 + VAT

£580 + VAT for ABTT Members

To join as an ABTT member it’s very simple to apply online by clicking here.

To include:

-      Electrical Fundamentals 1

The course content includes accompanying documentation to cover Basic Electricity – Atom – electron flow – conductors – insulators – switching – measuring – resistance – power – Electrical supply – generation – AC / DC – frequency – three phase. An introduction to IET Requirements.

-      Knots & Splicing

The course covers the handling of different ropes and tying knots proficiently and safely. Teaching by practical demonstration knots that are useful in theatre situations. Learn to differentiate between synthetic and natural fibre ropes. Splice rope ends. Tools for splicing, manila, hemp and sisal ropes. Knots including bowline, clove hitch, reef knot, wagon hitch, rolling hitch and sheet bend. Long and short splicing.

-       Fundamentals of Flying

The course objectives are to teach the safe handling of counterweight sets and hemp and will cover; terminology, parts of a counterweight set, loading and unloading, operating, first line maintenance, single and double purchase systems, putting knots into practice, tying off at a pin rail, spotting and other methods of hanging.

-       Safe use of temporary access equipment

This course deals with the safe use of temporary access equipment such as step ladders (including Zarges), ladders, trestles, Tallescopes and mobile scaffolding. The course covers selecting appropriate equipment, planning and managing work at height, inspection and record keeping, manoeuvring, assembly and use of access equipment. The course has a major practical bias and includes moving occupied Tallescopes in accordance with the ABTT Code of Practice for the selection and use of temporary access equipment for working at height in theatre.

-       Manual Handling and Introduction to Health & Safety at Work Act

It has been estimated that more than one-third of all workplace accidents are caused by manual handling activities. The risks of manual handling include musculoskeletal injuries and injuries caused by the handler falling. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 impose a duty on employers to avoid the risk of injury to employees through instruction and induction.  This course directly relate to theatres, stage technicians and workshop staff and discusses the TMA / BECTU guidance on the Code of Conduct for Fit-ups and Get-Outs. This is City and Guilds accredited course.

-       Awards Test

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Group Size: 10


The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY