This document is intended to state policies that are currently in place regarding the Arena Up Rigging and Arena Ground Rigging testing administered by the IATSE Local 13 Education Committee.
Ground rigging and up rigging testing policies
All workers who are eligible to be dispatched by IATSE Local 13 shall be allowed to take the Up Rigging and or Ground Rigging test. Preference for available testing times shall be given first to workers already being dispatched in the respective jobs, then to others in seniority order.
The test taker may request that the test not be proctored by up to two of the proctors giving the test on the day and time they are scheduled. Every effort will be given to have a minimum of three qualified proctors available during all testing days. The test taker may not “Shop for a friendly proctor” by requesting certain days or times after gaining knowledge of the proctor schedule.
If a worker does not pass either test they may request from the Education Committee a written explanation of why they did not pass. At least two members of the Education Committee who were not directly involved with the testing of the worker, and the proctor of the test in question will review the testing documents to generate the written explanation. (1) The worker making the request may not review the practical testing document or the written test. (2) If a worker does not pass either test they may retake it during the next available time. They may not displace another worker from a scheduled time because of seniority or any other factor. Education Committee members who have not passed the test and are intending to take the test in the future may not be involved in the review process.
“Testing documents” refers to the paper checklist and script that the proctor uses during the practical exam and the written Ground Rigging test. There is currently no written portion of the Up Rigging test.
An individual who wishes to become a proctor for either test shall complete the following steps:
Receive a passing grade on the respective test.
Shadow the respective test twice, given by two different proctors.
Be shadowed giving the respective test at least twice, by two different proctors.
As of July 2023 nine Proctors have completed the above steps and are qualified to give one or both of the tests.
Only one version of the test has been developed. I cannot think of an example where the test taker is allowed to study the test and then retake it. Unless the test giving organization is a “certificate mill”. Drivers license, SAT, all the tests high school age children take, ETCP, SPRAT, MN general contractors license, electrician license, all have randomized tests.
Please read the Up_Ground Rigging Flow Chart below to better understand the various steps.