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Officer Institute 1.0

About the Institute

The IATSE Officer Institute is a five-day, intensive certification program that will be delivered in multiple cities. The week’s courses range from Labor Law and Collective Bargaining to Union Finance, to managing day to day challenges and dealing with conflict. Instructors are experts in their fields and classes will provide hands-on, practical tools to be brought back to the local. Officers will earn a certificate and must attend all classes to graduate.

The program aims to establish a unified base of knowledge and strengthen the whole IATSE. While Leadership Development is the primary focus of the course, all of the Four Pillars that were featured at the 2013 Boston Convention, including Communications, Activism, and Craft Skills and Safety Training, will be emphasized. Having local union leaders better prepared for their positions will reinforce the Four Pillars in the service of our core focus – always growing and strengthening the IATSE and its local unions for the benefit of our workers in the entertainment industry.

Upcoming Dates

The program will travel to various locations around North America. Upcoming locations and dates are:

October 5-9, 2020: Cleveland, OH (U.S. & Canadian Locals)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this class is cancelled. This page will be updated when new classes are scheduled.  No other information is known at this time.


Fill out the application form that corresponds with the Officer Institute you wish to attend and return the completed application via email to or by mail to:

I.A.T.S.E. Officer Institute
207 West 25th Street
Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10001

Costs of the Officer Institute are split: local unions are responsible for transportation, hotels (unless a subsidy application has been awarded), and per diem, and the International Union will pay for the program and instructors.

Please contact with any questions.

Financial Subsidy Program

The IATSE General Executive Board, in partnership with the IATSE Education and Training Department, is offering a financial subsidy program for IATSE local union officers who attend the IATSE Officer Institute. For Local unions with small treasuries, the subsidy program will make attendance at this important leadership training program more feasible. Details about the subsidies and the rules for application are below, and a link to download the subsidy application may be found at the bottom of this page. Local Unions are also encouraged to contact their District Secretaries, as many IATSE Districts are also offering financial assistance to students at the Officer Institute.

Rules of the Subsidy Program are as follows:

  • Subsidies are only available for the Officer Institute 1.0, not the advanced 2.0.
  • Local Unions who submit a Form LM-4 or LM-3 (or, in the case of Canadian locals, those that have gross yearly receipts totaling less than $250,000) are eligible for a hotel subsidy in order to attend a scheduled session of the IATSE Officer Institute. The application form would ask subsidy applicants to attest that their local falls within this category.
  • Once awarded, the subsidy will pay for up to five nights lodging at the designated IATSE hotel, and will be paid directly to the hotel. No funds will be paid directly to the student or the local union. Subsidy recipients must stay at the designated IATSE hotel.
  • Ten (10) individual subsidies will be available for each session of the Officer Institute, and will be awarded subject to eligibility and on a first come, first served basis to qualifying local union leaders. Each qualifying local union may receive subsidies for no more than two officers in a calendar year.
  • Subsidy applications must be received at least six (6) weeks prior to the first day of the applicable Officer Institute session.
  • Transportation, meals and incidentals continue to be the responsibility of the local union and/or the individual students.
  • To apply for a subsidy, the subsidy request form should be submitted together with an officer’s regular application to the IATSE Officer Institute. Both forms must be signed by an authorized representative of the Local’s Executive Board.

Questions regarding subsidy eligibility may be emailed to