Education

Training Our Crews

Local 479 has a proud history of experienced crews mentoring its newer members, and as our local has grown we have built upon that culture of members-training-members. Today our local features an educational curriculum designed to pass along the best practices in use by technicians in a variety of specialized crafts from our industry. With dedicated training workspaces and classrooms, our local is becoming a national leader within the IATSE. Our newest members are expected to participate, while our most experienced members are encouraged to lead by example and to share their time and knowledge with the next generation.

Education Calendar

Members in good standing who wish to enroll in any of the training classes we offer should send an email to training@iatse479.org.  Please be sure to include your full legal name and the date of the specific class(es) you wish to attend.  Please note that emails sent after business hours will be answered on the next business day during normal operating hours.

September 2019

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Education Leadership Team

Kevin Amick

Director of Education

As Director of Education and Training Kevin organizes and facilitates classes featuring trained instructors and industry experts with decades of practical experience in the film and television industry. Kevin also serves as a Trustee for the IATSE Training Trust Fund and is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, committed to building a well trained workforce, ensuring our members can compete with crews from any market.

Ed Hotchkiss outside the entrance to Local 479

Ed Hotchkiss

Assistant Director of Education

Ed joined the Local’s Education Department in late 2015. His duties include securing speakers, alerting membership to upcoming classes, managing attendee lists, preparing training facilities, arranging meals, and observing classes.

Felicia Smith

Administrative Assistant

Felicia is the administrator for our education program, preparing coursework, setting up the training facility, recording course completions, and administering sign-ups for the various programs offered by the IATSE Training Trust Fund.

Photo of Iasmina Hasoschi

Iasmina Hasoschi

Receptionist

Iasmina (just call her Yaz!) is the friendly face of Local 479’s education department, greeting visitors and assisting members with signing up for training classes.

Education Classes

Local 479’s hands-on, interactive classes expose students to all aspects of the techniques employed by the craft and provide direct access to experts in the field, from vendor reps and equipment suppliers to department heads . Note that this page features a list of classes we have offered over the past 18 months.

How to Sign Up For Classes

Signing up for a class is really quite simple –  the difficult part is requesting attendance before a class is filled. Take a moment to review these notes:

  1. Unless noted otherwise, you must be a member in good standing of Local 479 to participate in one of our classes.
  2. Check your email frequently. We often post notices on our social media outlets as well, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, but email is the most reliable way to stay up-to-date on our current classes and their availability.
  3. If you see a class that you’d like to take, contact us immediately (in the manner specified in the email or social media posting) to get your name in the queue for a spot. You will be notified via email when you have been successfully registered for a class.
  4. If you are confirmed as an attendee for a class be sure to attend on the day and time specified. If you find yourself unable to attend a class after receiving your confirmation of registration email, PLEASE notify Kevin or Ed via email or by phone at least 24 hours prior to the class, so that they may offer the spot to the next member on the waiting list.
  5. To sign up and for more information on classes contact training@iatse479.org

Training Workshop

This 3,030 square foot multipurpose shop space is equipped with ample AC power to accommodate all training needs. Two large roll-up doors provide easy load-in and load-out of specialty equipment, allowing training classes to be conducted regardless of weather conditions. Local 479 has acquired a collection of construction tools, grip and electric equipment, and other technical tools in order to provide hands-on training and a true-to-life experience for members taking a class.

Safety Pass Application

The Safety Pass Program was conceived by the Motion Picture and Television Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee as a means of addressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) requirements that employees be trained (and the training documented) in the safe use of equipment and work practices on their job. Sign up today (using the form linked below) to take modules A & A2.

LinkedIn Learning Membership

Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning subscriptions are FREE to IATSE Members!  Information on how to sign up is provided in the members-only website. Through this subscription, you have unlimited access to the LinkedIn Learning online library of high-quality, instructional videos across a wide spectrum of technologies. It’s a personalized learning experience powered by the LinkedIn network, based on trending skills in your craft. For full instructions on signing up for this service visit the Member Dashboard (login required).