Education & Training with Local 26

At Local 26, we take pride in providing highly skilled professionals for every aspect of a production. As such, we offer an ongoing series of training courses and seminars to our members and referents on a wide variety of topics. These classes provide our workers with the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills as well as keeping existing knowledge and skills up to date. Class size is determined on a per-class basis, and location is determined by what subject matter will be covered and what equipment is required. All classes are subject to change. Classes are free to members – non-members may be charged a small fee. Some classes may be recorded.

In addition to in-person classes, Local 26 also keeps a small library of books available for our members and referents to borrow. A small deposit may be required upon checkout.

Upcoming Training Events

All training classes and events are open to both members and referents
Members have priority for enrollment

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Member Training Resources


  • Backstage Handbook
  • Costumer’s Notebook
  • CyberUnion Handbook
  • Knot Book
  • Legal Rights of Union Stewards
  • Living Theater
  • Negotiation Handbook
  • Stage Rigging Handbook

IATSE Training Trust Fund Safety First! and

The IATSE TTF Safety First! and online courses for individuals are available to all IATSE workers: both active members and those who are not members but are working under IATSE agreements.

Common IATSE 26 Classes

If you are interested in any of these subjects, please let us know so we can determine need for a future class.

  • At Height Rescue Training for Riggers
  • AV Essentials
  • Tutorial
  • ETC ColorSource Console Operation
  • Forklift Certification for SMG
  • How to do a Bill
  • Introduction to the Referral Procedure
  • Knot Class
  • Safety First! Basic Safety
  • Safety First! Fall Prevention and Protection
  • Scissor and Boom Lift Certification for SMG
  • Weight Loading 101

IATSE Local 26 Office

931 Bridge St.  NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

General membership meetings are held the last Thursday of every month at 10:00am at the Local 26 office unless otherwise notified.