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  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.

January 2023

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Education Leadership Team

Kevin Amick

Director of Education

Kevin is a strong believer in the importance of members training members. He develops new and continuing education programs in coordination with working members, the IATSE Training Trust Fund, and other industry resources. Kevin is an active member of the ESTA Technical Standards Program, is an OSHA Outreach Instructor, and serves as a Trustee to the IATSE Training Trust Fund (TTF).

Felicia Smith

Assistant Director of Education

Felicia is the Assistant Director of Education. She works closely with the Director of Education and trainers in the development and preparation of coursework, and the set-up of classrooms and workshops to ensure the best training experience possible.

Janika 'Blue' Kinsey

Janika "Blue" Kinsey

Administrative Assistant

Blue provides support to the education staff for training programs and administrative procedures.

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 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

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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.

All completed Safety Pass applications should be emailed to Applications sent anywhere else will not be processed.

Follow this link to access an application form for the Safety Pass program.

LinkedIn Learning Membership

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.

Follow this link to an application form for the LinkedIn Learning program.

Safety First Online Courses

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The TTF Safety First! Online Courses © promote safe working conditions by providing information, tools, and resources to recognize potential hazards and minimize risks. Case studies from the various crafts are included, making the curriculum relevant across the IATSE workforce.

This includes the new course: Covid-19 Recommended Guidelines for Preventing Exposure in the Workplace.

Follow this link for an application form for the Safety First program.