Courses offered by USA 829

We are continually expanding our course offerings based on your requests. Do you have a course you want to take or teach? Contact Kelsey Harro for more information. Courses have been offered in NYC, Boston, LA, Seattle and other locations where a group of interested members can be assembled. 

Hazard Communication - a regular course, offered several times a year. This class addresses the need for USA 829 members to be able to identify or question hazardous conditions at their work site in an appropriate manner, so work may proceed safely. Participants will survey the laws that apply to theatres, shops, locations and work sites. Participants will also discuss characteristics of substances that workers are exposed to, including lead and Asbestos, how they enter the body and the degrees to which these toxins have an effect, how to identify them, avoid them, and how to deal with them.


CPR 123 American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice- while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. We hold this class once a year at the Heartsaver facility


OSHA 10- offered through the IATSE TTF OSHA 10. The two-day OSHA 10 training covers general industry safety and health principles and OSHA policies, procedures, and standards. Modules are customized for the entertainment and exhibition industries and include: Introduction to OSHA; Personal Protective Equipment; Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal; Elevated Work Platforms; Walking and Working Surfaces; Hazard Communication; Electrical; Ergonomics; Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Protection; Fall Protection; Hand and Portable Powered Tool Safety.

Class instruction runs from 8am – 4pm each day and participants must attend both days to receive an OSHA completion card. Classes are limited to a maximum of 40 students per OSHA regulations.


Sync on Set - offered by the software company at least once a year in combination with local 764


Lift Training - Class room and hands on training will be offered at SunBelt Aerial Lifts with certificate and wallet card presented for successful completion of course. This class does have a fee, TBD at time of offer.


Know your Contracts – MOPIC – an overview of the various agreements under which members work in Motion Pictures and Television


Know Your Contracts – Live Performance – An overview of various agreements under which members work in lie performance design, focusing on Broadway, Off Broadway and LORT.


Personal Negotiation for Live Performance – This panel will help designers navigate the process involved in arriving at a positive resolution to your individual agreement when working in live performance. At the conclusion you should have the tools to handle the business of your career.


Vectorworks for Lighting Designers: Intermediate Topics

Class will cover tips, tricks, and advice on creating light plots more efficiently. The target audience has a basic understanding of VW and it’s uses and is ready to move into more intermediate training. The class will not cover advanced topics like 3D rendering. Covered topics will include creating streamlined and well organized Classes/Layers, how to utilize Viewports, Sheet Layers and Saved Views, creating a personal Symbol Library and Template File, creating custom Lighting Symbols, VW/LW Data Exchange, Label Legend Creation, and how to incorporate Venue/Scenic drawings into your light plot. Other topics may be covered based on the wishes of those who register. Sound Designers are welcome to register as well though the focus will be on Light Plots. Students will need to bring in a laptop with a copy of Vectorworks already installed. Vectorworks 2016 or higher is recommended but not required.


Vectorworks 3D Introduction

This class is a fast paced introductory overview of working with 3D in Vectorworks for scenic and lighting designers. Topics will include: general modeling techniques, hybrid symbols, navigation, cutting sections, and general work flow and practices for a fully 3D design package. Participants should already be familiar and comfortable working in Vectorworks 2D, including: layers, classes, sheet layers, symbols, viewports and the basic drawing tools. Class will be a demonstration of these techniques - participants wanting to follow along should bring their own laptop with Vectorworks already installed. Other topics and general Q&A will happen as time allows.


Advanced Vectorworks 3D

This class is a fast paced show and tell discussion of theory and technique for working with 3D Vectorworks for scenic and lighting designers. Participants should have taken the Introductory 3D class or already be familiar and comfortable working in Vectorworks 3D, including: Symbols, Viewports, Extrude, Extrude along path, Lofting, and Sweeping. Topics will include: Building complicated objects and hierarchies, Working with OpenGL and other Renderworks outputs, and a general approach to organizing drawing packets from 3D models. Class will be a demonstration of these techniques - participants wanting to follow along should bring their own laptop with Vectorworks already installed. Other topics and general Q&A will happen as time allows.


Workers Comp

When you are injured on the job what should you do? What does it mean to file a Workers Comp claim? How do you do it? Discover the road map to navigating a work related injury or illness, Workers compensation and other related benefits. A Workers Comp Attorney and Medical expert from Mt. Sinai address your issues.


The List of Courses continues to grow and change. USA 829 has offered courses in; How to Be a Camera Scenic, How to Transition from Theatre Designer to Art Director, Workplace Etiquette for Scenic Artists, Scenic Skills, Industrial Essentials, and various other topics of interest. If you have an idea for a class or a desire to teach a class please let us know.