Local 510 Training Class Descriptions

Listed below are the descriptions and prerequisites of the JATC curriculum. Classes that are marked with an asterisk (*) are required to be completed before moving from the B list to the A list.


(5 hours) (Limit 30 people per class)

Introduction to OSHA, Walking and work surfaces, Ladder Safety, Personal Protective Equipment including hearing protection. Note: OSHA Session I & Session II must be taken within six months of each other to receive an OSHA recognized Safety and Health card.


(5 hours) (Limit 30 people per class)

Electrical Safety, Emergency plans, Exit Routes, Fire Protection, Ergonomics, Blood borne Pathogens, Hazardous Materials. Note: OSHA Session I & Session II must be taken within six months of each other to receive an OSHA recognized Safety and Health card.

* Power Tools

(8 hours) (Limit 12 people per class)

A maximum of 12 students and 4 instructors gives us a 3 to 1 ratio, which we strictly adhere to. Approximately 2 hours of classroom instruction on Routers, Circular Saws and Blade Kerfs, Jig Saws, Hole saws and Drill bits. The remaining time is spent in groups learning hands-on techniques such as drilling Plexiglas, routing commom display materials, safe use of Hole Saws, causes and avoidance of saw kickbacks.

*Portable Exhibits

(8 hours)

Working with pop-ups with an emphasis on Skyline displays. Logical progression, from simple popups to more complex systems considerations of materials. Lots of tips and tricks. This class is mostly hands-on.

*Plan Reading

(8 hours) Prerequisites: Read article "Floor Layout" and bring 30' tape measure to class

This course will de-mystify the art of reading plans, drawings and blue prints. Participants will learn that these are only sets of instructions on how to assemble exhibits. While plans may look as meaningless as Egyptian hieroglyphics; they are only just simple line drawings and are written in plain English. The course will introduce the three basic types and their uses. Students will also be taught how to use an Architectural Scale, which lets you take a measurement directly from a drawing and convert it to feet and inches without using any math at all.


(16 hours)

The basics of trade show work. This course will cover Floor Layout, Handling Deco Equipment, Basic decoration, Communications, Tools, Teamwork, and more. At the end of day 2 there is a written test for all students. This class is a requirement for all B list workers, but open to A's as well.


Required Reading:

Pallet Jack

(4 hours)

The State of California requires that all operators of powered industrial trucks (which include electric pallet jacks) be certified. This course will provide certification and hands on training. Upon sucessful completion participants will recieve a 3 year certificate to operate Class III equipment. Students are required to read "Class III Operator Safety Training" prior to attending class. There will be an entrance exam on this material at the start of the class. The text and a sample exam can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking the following link:

*Custom Exhibits

(8 hours)

Preparation and planning. Blueprints. Structural considerations, problem solving, safety, working with others. This class is based on hands-on exercises.


(4 hours)

Standards for stationary and rolling scaffolds. OSHA requirements. Assembly tips. Safety considerations. Understanding the hazards of scaffolds.

First Aid / CPR / Defibrillator

(8 hours)

This course combines lectures, demonstrations and video with hands-on training and practice. Participants in this course learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants, heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings. Additionally, participants will learn first aid for everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries.

Union Ethics

(3 hours)

Understanding the ethics of unions. What moral positions do we take as union members? What are our responsibilitiies to the next generation? This course focuses on union ethics from an historical perspective, a look at our roots and the nature of our struggle. This class is essential for any member seeking to understand the way a union operates.

*Communications for Tradeshow Workers

(8 hours)

This class focuses on elements of communication for workers. Four hours of teamwork exercises plus four hours of discussion on the elements of communication that make you more effective on and off the job.

Communciations for Tradeshow Leaders

(8 hours)

This class is specifically for forepersons and leadpersons. Four hours of team-leading exercises and four hours of discussion on the elements of effective leadership, identifying your leadership style, setting the tone for your team and more.

Introduction to Stewarding

(2 sessions, 2 hours each)

Topics include: Why Steward?, The role of the Steward on the job site, Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution, understanding the contract, issues of health and safety, finding your personal style as a steward, and more. Open to all Journeypersons.

Crate Repair

( 4 Hours) Prerequisite: Power Tools

Covers the basics of crate repair. How to make a crate safe for reshipping: as quickly and efficiently as possible. Repairing broken feet, hasps, patches, and structural integrity. Focus on tool safety and preparation.

* Modular Systems

(8 hours)

This class will show the logical progression of working with extruded aluminum systems through hands-on exercises. Gem, SST, and Aluset are all different animals. The class will cover the methods and procedures particular to each. Special tools will be shown and demonstrated along with lots of tips and tricks.

Advanced Modular Systems

(8 hours)

There's more to extruded metal systems than just putting two pieces together and turning a lock. The parts all have names and these names vary from system to system. Sometimes inches and feet are used, other times the measurements are in meters and millimeters. A lot of materials besides sintra are used for inserts. Some items are meant to be permanent while others are temporary. When a show is over everything needs to be packed properly to avoid damage. Knowing all of these things will make you a more valuble worker and may lead to more hours on the show floor and even the warehouse between shows.

*Show Site Graphics

(8 hours)

This class will cover the basics of show site graphics. Through hands- on projects you will learn how to prepare and handle graphics, The class includes vinyl application, overlays, and foam core cutting, as well as special tools, tips and tricks that will help the average installer.

Advanced Show Site Graphics

(8 hours) Prerequisite: Show Site graphics

This class focuses on advanced show site applications that you may encounter.Tips on creative problem solving:, stair graphics, large vinyl applications, window graphics, friction decals, overlays, working on curved surfaces, and more.

Introduction to Sign Hanging

(16 Hours) Prerequisite: Recommendation of a general or rigging foreperson.

Introduction to rigging. We will discuss OSHA, liability issues, block and tackle, Load formulas, hardware. This class is geared towards groundpersons.

Fall Protection

(3 hours)

Fall protection basics, anchor systems, connecting means, body support, fall protection systems and inspection of equipment. Open to all journeypersons.

Lift Driving for Riggers

(8 Hours) Prerequisite: Recommendation of a general or rigging foreperson.

The class will cover all the safety factors of a boom lift and a scissor lift. You must pass the written and driving test to complete this course.

Swing Stage Rigging

(16 Hours) Prerequisites: Show Site Graphics, Advanced Show Site Graphics, Scaffolding & recommendation of a 510 Foreperson

OSHA standards, Competent person status, Safety Considerations, Platform Assembly, Motor Operation, Fall Protection.

Truss and Motor

(8 hours) Prerequisites: Basic Sign Hanging and Lift Driving

This class will cover the mechanics of the truss assembly, where to look for weaknesses, and how to wrap spansets and steel backups for lifting the truss. It will also cover the proper handling of chain motors.