Relevant ABTT Seminars:

Technical Training in the New World

‘CAD for Performance’ & Vectorworks: ‘2D Plans from 3D Models’

FREE Training:

FREE ABTT AutoCAD 3D Tutorial…

Do you have some time available during the current situation? Then you could improve your CAD skills with our FREE 3D Tutorial covering the basics in moving from 2D to 3D drafting in AutoCAD.

Covering extruding existing drawings, creating basic shapes through to creating a rendered image and simple fly-through, you can sign up today and develop your skills.
Like the AutoCAD for Theatre Technicians Course, full support is available from the tutor, David Ripley.

You can access the FREE 3D Tutorial using the details and link below:

Password: Proscenium

URL: 7

For information about the AutoCAD online Training for Theatre Technicians please click here.

Health & Safety Software and Virtual Learning

Blue Lemon are offering the accident reporting module of their full management system free of charge to members, this include the ability to report accidents live and track any trends which may be present in your venue with the ability to eventually benchmark yourself against the whole industry. Contact for more information. In addition RB Health & Safety courses are now being run virtually, meaning you can ensure staff are up to date on critical training before the venues are back in operation. There is a range of courses which can be run in this format, contact or go to for more information.

Creative Alliance recommend online training resources.

Check out Creative Alliances recent recommendations for online business, creative or technical courses that may be of interest! Find out more here!

Riedel Academy – training program launched

Rather than being cramped up in a webinar “room” full of distractions and poor connectivity, why not get an in-depth training that involves you personally, allows for immediate questions to our experts and challenges you with exercises.

During these times of crisis, our virtual personal training sessions are free of charge until further notice.

Join Riedel Academy online and book a session with our experienced trainers to excel in your production environment.

ETC introduces On Headset learning

ETC has introduced On Headset, a new audio series that allows listeners to programme a major theatrical production in realtime whilst listening to the audio cues of a lighting designer.

“Our goal with this project is to fill the gap between the traditional classroom or ‘e-training’ methods of console learning and actually sitting behind an Eos desk in a theatre,” explains ETC senior field service engineer Victor Seastone, “This is a console flight simulator to help with both.”

TAIT is now offering free online training courses for iQ Powered by Navigator to the live event community. By providing these courses, everyone interested in participating is given an opportunity to learn, engage and prepare for future automation experiences, says the company.
Whether a first-time learner or an experienced show operator, the iQ Training Video Series is tailored to all levels of entertainment automation. After watching the series, viewers will know how to operate machines using a variety of methods, add windows to workspaces, create time saving pre-sets, program a show using various cue lines and organizational helpers, as well as stop and restart cues.

Zero 88 ramps up Zoom online opportunities

Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has seriously ramped up its available online consultations and training opportunities.
A busy and dynamic schedule includes 42 x Zoom training sessions each month which will run for as long as the crisis lasts.
Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole commented, “With the whole live music, events and performance industry shut down, we want to be as positive, forward-thinking and helpful as we can to anyone who is already using or keen to know more about some of the core Zero 88 products.”
The Zero 88 Home Page has full details of what’s available and interested parties can sign up on the spot.

Learn from the multi-award winning LED specialists, Chroma-Q

Chroma-Q®, a multi-award winning manufacturer of LED solutions have announced they will be offering free weekly training webinars on a number of lighting topics, enabling you to develop and expand your knowledge from the comfort of your own home.

Keep an eye out on the Chroma-Q website and social channels for the latest information.

ETC – Free online training courses

ABTT Platinum ISG Member ETC are offering free training courses online to those that require them. Details on the courses offered cam be found here:

Artistic Licence – DMX – Workshop upgraded

DMX-Workshop, the free software application for lighting network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics, is available in a new version for download. It offers functionality across many protocols, including Art-Net, sACN, DMX512, RDM, VLC and DALI.

Grand MA2 Network course – £10+vat to charity

ABTT Silver ISG Member Ambersphere are offering MA Training. The platform offers an interactive, guided and user-centered online learning environment for /MA Products. Combining a tutorial videos, multiple choice and quiz questions, the system lets you delve deeper in to the world of MA Products.

Free training for freelancers

A list of online and Remote training activities during the COVID-19 pandemic



Free Demos and Temporary/Educational Licenses and Resources:

Resources for Teaching / Learning Theatre Online

OISTAT Education commission have collate a range of resources for teaching / learning theatre online with worldwide faculties and students. If you have any  resources you would like to share with them please do so through the link.

Audacity: Free, open source, cross-platform audio software

Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.

Cinema4D – Free Educational Licence

Cinema 4D Release 20 is now available as an Educational License for students, apprentices and teachers.

The new Cinema 4D Release 20 extends the creative possibilities of up and coming 3D artists with new features such as volume-based modeling, Fields, multi-instances and a node-based material system.

Sketchup Free

Your free 3D modeling software. Make anything you can imagine, without downloading a thing.

Mad Mapper – Free demo version

MadMapper is an advanced tool for video and light mapping. Fast and Easy to use it is now on MAC & WINDOWS.

Modul8 – Free demo

Modul8 is a software for live visual performance developed by GarageCube.

Blender – free modelling

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.