Qualifications

ASPEC provides active representation on the Creative Skillset Qualifications and Vocational Committee as it continues to develop and enhance the skills utilised within the film and television industry

In the area of training and qualifications, ASPEC has been working closely with Creative Skillset since 1998. With support from both ASPEC, and the government, Creative Skillset has assisted by funding a variety of craft and technical training to a level of qualifications. These enable technicians to gain NVQs in their sector.

ASPEC is the driving force behind implementing qualifications and standards across the lighting industry. We have worked closely with Creative Skillset over the past few years to introduce a roadmap and Qualification for new entrants and existing practitioners working with lighting and power for the film, television and broadcast industries. ASPEC will be involved with any future qualifications within the industry.

The Creative Skillset Temporary Electrical Qualification is a two day course and works within the application of BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations) & BS 7909 (Code of practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes). Candidates cover 10 units within the framework of the course and are assessed on each one throughout the two days. A pass must be achieved in each unit as well as a final assessment to successfully complete the qualification.

Across the industry, up to July 2015, over 500 electricians and technicians have successfully completed the course. Many of these places were funded by Creative Skillset, a process in which ASPEC was heavily involved.

 ASPEC are currently working with the BBC, ITV, Sky, PACT, BECTU, 1st Option and PLASA to assist with the delivery of this Creative Skillset Temporary Electrical Qualification.  

In addition to the Lighting Qualification, ASPEC Members have been influential in helping to achieve a recognised qualification for the grips department. This is now an industry standard with three levels of certification. There is now a training scheme, for which trainees receive a folder to put together a portfolio. When working with rental companies, and then with grips on set, the relevant pages are signed off by a head of department in that company or by a key grip on set.