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 minimal fee. Some classes may be recorded.

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

Additionally, The IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund (a partnership between the IATSE and Signatory Employers) provides training opportunities for IATSE workers to achieve and maintain the skills, ability, and knowledge necessary to keep abreast of new technologies and ensure our workers are the best qualified.

The Training Trust Fund not only offers a series of its own courses, but has also partnered with and to provide online courses to all IATSE workers.

Scroll down for more information on training and education opportunities available to our members and referents.

Local 26 Training Tracker

As of March 25, 2019 we have achieved

257 hours of training by 32 students!

The goal of the IATSE Local 26 Education and Safety Committee is to reach 2000 total hours of training in 2019. Keep an eye on the thermometer to see our numbers rise… A skilled Local is a strong Local!

Local 26 Reference Center


  • Backstage Handbook
  • Costumer’s Notebook
  • CyberUnion Handbook
  • From the Folks who Brought You the Weekend
  • Grievance Guide
  • Knot Book
  • Labor’s Untold Story
  • Legal Rights of Union Stewards
  • Living Theater
  • Negotiation Handbook
  • Stage Rigging Handbook
  • Union Members Complete Guide
  • Why Unions Matter

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
  • Department Heads Best Practices
  • ETC ColorSource Console Operation
  • Forklift Certification for SMG
  • 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 Training Trust Fund Safety First! and

The IATSE Training Trust Fund not only has a series of Safety First! courses, but has also partnered with and to provide online courses to all IATSE workers: both active members and those who are not members but are working under IATSE agreements. Many courses are free, others are offered at a substantial discount through the partnership. Click below to get started!

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.

If the last Thursday of a month is a holiday, then the meeting will be held the preceding Thursday.