Each year Columbus McKinnon hosts a 5-day CM-Entertainment Mega School, to train up new entertainment riggers.
This year’s mega school, held in Orlando, Florida, was extended from the normal 5 days to a 10-day event. This one-of-a-kind class combined our 5-day Mega School with a 5-day Rope Access Certification course giving participants the chance to earn a total of 36 ETCP credits. It’s the ultimate entertainment rigger training!
Here are some of the highlights:
Part 1 of CM-Entertainment Mega School covers all aspects of hoist maintenance and troubleshooting.
The first half of this ETCP-recognized training course covered the design and operation of hoists, maintenance needs, inspection requirements and troubleshooting procedures. It also delved deep into electrical theory and troubleshooting of the CM Lodestar and CM Prostar hoists.
Participants received 12 points towards their ETCP Certification renewal. Upon passing, participants will receive a CM-ET certification card and document, both of which are good for five years.
The instructors this year were Eric Rouse who taught the entertainment rigging and myself, who taught the motors class.
Part 2 of our CM-Entertainment Mega School explores rigging terminology, equipment and entertainment concepts.
The second part of our school was an intense exploration of rigging terminology, equipment and concepts for the entertainment industry. This year we partnered up with a company named HARP Rigging. Nick Fleming from HARP, taught a level 1 SPRAT Class. David Brown taught fall protection awareness, while Will Todd taught Truss Design and Theory.
The Rope Access Certification Course was a 5-day course consisting of four days of training and one day of evaluation. This class encompasses everything a prospective student needs to understand and demonstrate to achieve rope access certification – ranging from understanding anchors to performing a rescue of your fellow technician. Participants in this course received 24 points towards their ETCP Certification renewal.