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ABTT SILVER Certificated Award for Theatre Stage Technicians Training (Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, August 2016)


Download and complete the course PDF here Summer School_Silver Stage Technicians_Warwick_2016

Dates: Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2016  (You must complete all 6 days to obtain full accreditation)

Venue: Warwick Arts, Centre, Coventry.

Costs: (please note your place cannot be confirmed without a deposit of £100)

For those with ABTT Membership £720 + VAT

Non-members £800.00 + VAT

[This course is only open to ABTT Members who have completed the BRONZE Award course or those who have achieved equivalent skill and knowledge].

NB: All payments are non-refundable; please contact the ABTT as soon as possible if you anticipate any problems in attending the course for which you have booked and we shall do our utmost to assist you in finding a suitable opportunity to participate in the training you desire.

To include:

  • Work at height with PPE

This is intended as an introduction to working at height in the entertainment industry. The module includes methods and best practice in using personal protective equipment for working at heights. Its aim it to impart knowledge using PPE when working at height and an understanding of the Work at Height Regulations.

  • Two day – In-Service Inspections for Lifting Gear & Safe Use of Slings

This is a two-part course.  Part 1, which covers theory, The course brings theatre technicians up-to-date with regulations such as Machinery Directive / Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations; Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and is designed to equip the theatre technicians with a good understanding of their responsibilities and knowledge about how to perform their tasks efficiently and safely. Part two builds on part one (above) and introduces the practical element of inspecting and use of lifting gear. Candidates must have completed part one.

  • Practical Rigging Part 1

This module has a strong practical bias and teaches how to rig chain hoists and trusses using man-made and steel wire rope slings. The procedure and safe operation of electric chain hoists are fully explained.

  • Practical Rigging Part 2

Rigging two is a day of problem solving, reviewing techniques and further training in the use of lifting and rigging equipment. This session seeks to test the understanding and skill of the technician in using a range of rigging equipment to hang hoists efficiently using a safe system of work. Technicians will work in pairs to carry out rigging tasks and will need to bring suitable clothing and footwear.

  • Stage Structure

An introduction to basic engineering concepts applicable to stages and scenery.  The aim is to impart an awareness of mechanical and structural principles; and to give the technician an appreciation of engineering issues relating to stage structures.  Topics include: beams, columns & ties; forces and types of loading; modes of failure; joints and supports; mechanical advantage; design standards.  With an emphasis on realistic examples and practical experience this subject will be covered through presentation and discussion.

  • Silver Award Stage Test.

To be completed on the last day.


Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road,
Coventry, CV4 7AL