Specific classification criteria are established by each of the 21 departments. As a general rule, mandatory training for each trade and a minimum number of production experience days are required.

Select the department and the trade you are interested in to find out the classification criteria required for employment. Note that you can join the union while waiting to obtain your classification.

Classification criteria information

Members awaiting classification

If you do not meet the criteria required by a department, you will be considered a member awaiting classification. In this case, you will not be registered in The Recruiter, which is our member directory. Furthermore, until your training is completed, you will only be allowed to work if no official members are available.

Directing and cinematography

If you are interested in cinematography, please contact  IATSE Local 667. If you are interested in directing, please contact the Directors Guild of Canada.

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