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Skills Training


Contract Services connects eligible industry employees with craft-specific skills training to enhance their proficiencies in such areas as graphic arts, digital editing and electrical design.

Skills training is offered in partnership between Contract Services and other training providers. Skills courses are categorized by their enrollment model (either “restricted” or “unrestricted”). This important distinction determines which procedures apply for reimbursement and other purposes. See the definitions below for more information.

Restricted Enrollment

Courses with “restricted enrollment” are offered only to Contract Services-eligible individuals (i.e., individuals on the Industry Experience Roster or who have mandatory training requirements with Contract Services). Unlike courses with “unrestricted enrollment,” these courses are not available to the public. Generally speaking, Industry Professionals do not pay out of pocket to attend these courses because Contract Services pays the training provider to put on the course specifically for the motion picture production industry.

Unrestricted Enrollment

Courses with “unrestricted enrollment” are open to the public, meaning they are not restricted to individuals working in the motion picture industry. (For example, they may be offered by a local community college.) Generally speaking, eligible industry employees pay out of pocket to attend these courses and may submit for reimbursement afterward. (See more about reimbursement policies below.)

Who is eligible for Skills Training?

Individuals interested in participating in skills training must satisfy certain eligibility requirements. Generally speaking, if you are listed on the Industry Hub and compliant with all training and document requirements, you are eligible to apply for these courses. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at gro.f1716493359tasc@1716493359gnini1716493359artsl1716493359liks1716493359 or 818.565.0550 ext. 1260.

How do I enroll?

Please see the list of available courses pertaining to each local union in the chart below. Note: you must first be pre-approved by filling out the Skills Training Application that corresponds with the type of training available to your local. Those who are pre-approved will receive an email letting them know they may enroll, along with additional enrollment instructions.

How do I get reimbursed for attending an Unrestricted Enrollment course?

For Unrestricted Enrollment courses, the fee to attend the course must be paid upfront by the Industry Professional, who must then submit for reimbursement by Contract Services. To request reimbursement, you must submit all of the following documents and information:

  1. the Unrestricted Enrollment Reimbursement Policy/Form (found in the box with the Pre-Approval Application and list of courses for each local within the Unrestricted Enrollment section);
  2. proof of payment;
  3. the institution’s invoice for the course; and
  4. proof of completion (e.g., a certificate of completion or transcript).

All four items must be sent via email to gro.f1716493359tasc@1716493359gnini1716493359artsl1716493359liks1716493359.

In order to be eligible for reimbursement, an Industry Professional must be working in the classification for which the course has been approved and must have received written pre-approval from Contract Services after completing an Unrestricted Enrollment Skills Training Application.

(Please note that upfront costs for Unrestricted courses may be substantial. See the training provider’s website for course costs prior to completing a Skills Training Application for pre-approval of reimbursement eligibility. If you are not pre-approved for reimbursement, you may not be reimbursed.)

What courses are available?

Click here to see a full list of available courses.