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Industry Experience Roster

One of Contract Services’ most important functions is to administer the Industry Experience Roster (IER). The IER identifies individuals who have acquired a certain amount of work experience within their specific craft as outlined in each of the local unions' collective bargaining agreements. The IER encompasses more than 125 job classifications represented by the IATSE and Basic Crafts unions. Individuals whose names appear on the IER may receive preference of employment, as Producers signatory to those collective bargaining agreements utilize the IER as an employment resource.

The IER maintains listings for job classifications covered by the local unions listed below.

  • IATSE, Local #44 (Property)
  • IATSE, Local #80 (Grips/Crafts Service & First Aid)
  • IATSE, Local #600 (Cinematographers Guild)
  • IATSE, Local #695 (Sound and Video)
  • IATSE, Local #700 (Editors Guild)
  • IATSE, Local #705 (Costumers)
  • IATSE, Local #706 (Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists)
  • IATSE, Local #728 (Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians)
  • IATSE, Local #729 (Set Painters and Sign Writers)
  • IATSE, Local #800 (Art Directors Guild)
  • IATSE, Local #871 (Script Supervisors)
  • Plumbers, Local #78
  • Teamsters, Local #399
  • Laborers, Local #724 (Studio Utility Employees)

Detailed IER placement requirements are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement. If you have questions, please contact us.

How to Search the Industry Experience Roster

To search for Industry Professionals on the IER, visit the Industry Hub.

How do I apply for placement on the IER?

You can apply for placement on the IER through the Contract Services Portal. If you already have a Portal account, log into it to start a new IER application by clicking “Apply as New Classification” on your Dashboard. If you don’t have a Portal account, visit the Industry Hub to create one so that you can start an IER application. (If you don’t have a computer or need help creating an account, please contact us for assistance.)

There are typically three steps to completing an IER application:

  1. Apply
    Once you apply for an IER classification through your Portal, you will receive an email with a link to complete and e-sign an IER Application form.
  2. Demonstrate Eligibility Through Work Experience

    Work experience is required in order to qualify for placement on the IER. Specific work experience requirements vary based on classification and are explained in the Portal once you start an application.

    Generally, you may demonstrate your work experience by submitting an Employment Verification Letter (EVL) from your employer or payroll company. To assist you in requesting that a payroll company send an EVL to Contract Services on your behalf, please contact your payroll company (Payroll Company Contact Sheet button to the right).

    Once the payroll company submits your EVL to Contract Services on your behalf, it will appear in your Portal.

    You may also submit an EVL from your employer or payroll company yourself by uploading the document to your Portal account.

  3. Complete Preliminary Training Courses
    Once you submit proof of at least one qualifying day of work experience, you will be able to complete the preliminary training courses that are required to complete your overall application. For most IER classifications, the two preliminary courses are:

    • A — General Safety/IIPP
    • Harassment Prevention Training

    Important: These preliminary courses are part of the application process. You must complete them in order to finalize your application and be placed on the IER. After you are placed on the IER, you may be asked to complete additional training required for your classification. (To view all courses required for your classification, see our Required Course List.)

    If you do not have access to a computer, or if you need help using one, our on-site computer lab is available during business hours at 2710 Winona Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 818.565.0550 ext. 1200.

After completing the application process described above, you may be asked to complete additional training required for your classification. If you have additional training requirements, you will be assigned a new deadline to complete them (generally 90 days for online courses or 6 months for in-person courses). Also, keep in mind that you will be required to refresh these courses from time to time, so remember to check your Portal or the CS Access mobile app to stay up to date with your requirements and deadlines.

(Note that applying for placement on the IER is a separate process from applying for union membership. Questions about union membership should be directed to the applicable union.)

How can I prove my roster and/or training compliance?

If you need to demonstrate proof of your roster or training compliance (e.g., to an employer), you have several options. Log into your Portal or the CS Access mobile app to download or email a copy of your Compliance Report. (To learn more about the Compliance Report or your Official Course Transcript, click here.)

Or, you may refer your employer to the Industry Hub to search publicly available roster and training records.