Set Lighting Technician

Introduction to the Profession of Set Lighting Technician

Length : 20 hours


Ever since motion pictures began, the profession of set lighting technician has been learned on the job, and every team operates in its own way. This course does not attempt to change this tradition, but rather to provide some sound foundations, so that new set lighting technicians learn some basic concepts of electricity, familiarize themselves with the jargon of the trade, and learn a few elementary procedures that are specific to it.

Target professions

Anyone who is interested in becoming a set lighting technician, an assistant key lighting technician (best girl/best boy), or a gaffer/key lighting technician

Mandatory course to obtain recognition as a lighting technician with AQTIS 514 IATSE (new and reclassified members).

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Have taken the course “Initiation to community life” and already be a member of AQTIS 514 IATSE.

Training team

Marco Venditto has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Concordia University and has been working on film sets since 1993, first as a lighting technician and then as an assistant key lighting technician (best boy). He also has a training certificate from the Canadian Forces Communication Reserve, in which he held the position of supervisor/instructor from 1988 to 1999. He has been involved in the AQTIS 514 IATSE professional training program for the past several years, developing and teaching the course “Introduction to the profession of set lighting technician”.


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The number of participants allowed in each course is limited. On the day of the course, we will not admit any participants who have not paid for it in advance.

IMPORTANT: Please note that safety shoes must be worn to participate in training. Failure to do so may result in the trainer refusing to accept you, and you will be considered absent without a valid reason, subject to a $100 charge as per our cancellation policy.

Course contents

Health and safety when working with electricity

  1. Electricity on the set
  • Electricity basics: voltage, current and power
  • Calculating power
  • Resistance
  • Voltage drop in the line and types of cables
  • Principles of circuit protection
  • Terminology of the components of electrical distribution
  • Test: connection, phase balancing
  1. Profession: lighting technician
  • Characteristics of light
  • Commonly used equipment
  • Personal equipment
  1. Exam


Winter 2024

Day 1:  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Day 2: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

1001, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, bureau 900, Montréal (Québec) H2L 4P9

Second day in studio, location according to availability.

members only, 160$+tx

2 or 3 times a year


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Please contact our Professional Training Team 514 844-2113
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