ABTT Gold Award for Theatre Technicians

ABTT Gold Award for Theatre Technicians

The ABTT Gold Award for Theatre Technicians is an SCQF Level 9 qualification which is recognised throughout the Industry. This is a practical course which intertwines theory and practice to ensure your you can manage a safe working environment within the Theatre or place of entertainment.

What is the ABTT Gold Award for Theatre Technicians?

The Gold Award is a two day course designed to support the candidate for a role in which they will have responsibility for the management of the working environment and the practices therein.

Who can do the course?

Candidates wishing to pursue the Gold Award should have attained a similar level of understanding and comprehension as achieved by pursuing the Bronze and Silver courses. At Gold level candidates cover formal risk management skills required by managers, HODs or supervisors.

How is the course structured?

DAY 1: Risk Management 1 – This module covers important aspects of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, including roles in emergency/disaster plans and attitudes towards theatre safety.

DAY 2: Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment- exploring the guidance. Risk Management 2- a practical session completing risk assessments. Gold Award Assignment Briefing – planning your written report.

What does the course cover?

• Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
• Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Revised 1998 (PUWER)
• The Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
• Work at Height Regulations 2005
• Noise at Work Regulations
• Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
• Licensing Act 2003 and Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Act 2015
• Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
• Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

Gold Assignment Brief:

The assignment is a written report, to be completed within 3 months of the last course date and based on a management Safe System of Work, featuring the candidates workplace. It should be 2500-3000 words. An assignment briefing and candidate discussion will take place with the course tutors. The assignment will be subject to external assessment by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

What will I be able to do at the end of the course?

• Identify legal requirements for the provision of health and safety in the work place
• Identify sources of guidance for compliance with legal requirements
• Develop procedures to ensure adequate management of health & safety in the work place
• Undertake a comprehensive and detailed Risk Assessment
• Develop and record detailed method statements to achieve the control measures identified by a risk assessment.

How much does the course cost?

ABTT Members: £530 + VAT
Non-ABTT Members: £664 + VAT

You will require a current edition of Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment.
To apply you must have supervising experience. It is open to Members, non-members, HDOs and Supervisors.

How do I apply for the course?

To apply for the course, simply fill in the form below and return to the ABTT Office via email. Please be aware that your course place will not be secured until full payment or purchase order has been received.


The ABTT Gold Award for Theatre Technicians is run once a year at the ABTT Summer School at Warwick Arts Centre, usually around the end of July and start of August each year. Once it is avaiable to be booked you can find it listed on the Training and Events Calendar.

Newcastle Theatre Royal backstage setting up the scenery

I found this course incredibly valuable and informative. It was well designed, written and presented. Being held in a working theatrical environment meant that we were able to visit parts of the building to put what we had learnt in to practice, writing our own risk assessments on different parts of the site etc, which we were then able to evaluate as a group which further strengthened our knowledge.

ABTT Gold Award Candidate, 2017
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