ABTT Silver Award for Theatre Electricians (Warwick) – (POSTPONED)

Member’s price £790+VAT

Non-member’s price £900+VAT

27 July – 1 August | 10:00 am - 5:00pm

Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

Please note that in completing the on-line application you are confirming that you wish to attend this course.

Should you wish to simply enquire about the course please contact the office or Tel: 020 7242 9200

ABTT Silver Award for Theatre Electricians (Warwick) – (POSTPONED)

What is the Silver Award for Theatre Electricians?

The Silver Award is a six day course which gives candidates more in-depth knowledge and understanding of best practice in the subject. It allows candidates to specialise further and validate experience in a specific area whilst progressing on from the Bronze Award.

Who can do the course?

Candidates wanting to pursue the Silver Award for Stage Technicians should have gained the knowledge and skills covered by the Bronze Award prior to considering undertaking this course.

What is covered in the course?

Modules 1 and 2: teach basic electronic theory and soldering skills, passive-basic semiconductor components, simple circuits, common power components and fuses. Kirchoff’s Laws, AC/DC, power, energy, resistor networks, capacitor networks, inductors, transformers, switches and electronic switches, potential divider circuits, passive filters, impedance, diodes & LEDs, AC rectification, fuses, MCBs, RCDs. Sensors, actuators and Boolean logic are also included.

Modules 3 and 4: teach how to interpret legislation and codes of practice when testing electrical installations. The objective is understanding the requirements of BS 7671 Wiring Regulations and the Electricity at Work Act 1989, including insulation resistance polarity, earth fault loop impedance and residual current device testing.

Module 5: considers circuit design in relation to theatre and studio, highlighting potential problems with cabling installations and how to choose and install the correct cable run – the new requirements of BS7909; 2011, the code of practice for Temporary Electrical Systems for Entertainment.

Module 6: is intended as an introduction to working at height in the entertainment industry. The module includes methodology and best practice in using personal protective equipment for working at heights. Its aim is to impart knowledge using PPE when working at height and an understanding of the Work at Height Regulations.

Module 7: will set out systems to organise the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing) of theatre electrical equipment and how to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations for inspection & testing. The course includes visual inspection and electrical testing; testing periods; record keeping; system of inspection and testing; selection of suitable testing instruments, inspection requirements and the need to ‘risk assess’ the requirement for inspections and test.

How do I progress after this course?

Once a Silver Award has been achieved, many students decide that they wish to broaden their skill set and do a further “Silver Award” course in a different area. Alternatively – some decide they want to progress on the final Gold Award Course once they have moved in to managerial roles.

We offer the Gold Award Course to support the candidate in managerial roles within the Industry. Candidates should have responsibility for the management of the working environment and the practices therein.

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Thank you for a great week, I learnt a lot in such a small space of time and have already made plans on how to implement what I was taught into everyday life at my Theatre. The instructors were fantastic really knew what they were talking about.

ABTT Silver Candidate, Summer School 2018


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University of Warwick

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