IATSE Local 891 is committed to assisting members to maintain and improve their skills, safety, and knowledge of applicable rules and regulations, through an extensive training program.

Types of Training

  • Safety (usually 100% subsidized and available to all members)
  • Skills Upgrade Training, chosen by departments and available to primary members of the department (usually 50% subsidized)
  • Additional training may be offered and is advertised through the IATSE Local 891 eBulletin, group emails, and Kinetoscope magazine.

Available Training by Department

Please note: reimbursement of the cost of approved departmental training is not available to second category members of a department.

To view the courses and training available to primary members of each IATSE Local 891 Department, please check our 2019 Training Booklet.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for submission of 2019 course receipts is January 15, 2020. To qualify for reimbursement, all receipts must be submitted together with proof of course completion, such as a certificate.  Only active members in good standing who have worked a minimum of 30 days in the preceding three years (either on IATSE Local 891 signatory productions and/or by providing member services work for Local 891) qualify for training funds, unless they have been unable to meet the 30 day requirement as a result of absences due to disability, parental, political or educational leave. Members who have made themselves available to work through dispatch, but who have not received a call through dispatch, may access union training funds.

The 30 day requirement does not apply to the following IATSE Local 891 courses, or safety related courses:

  • Shop Steward Course
  • Anti-Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
  • OFA Level 1
  • BC Fed Occupational Health and Safety courses

To enroll in a course organized by IATSE Local 891, register on-line (login required) or email

To enroll and pay for a course not being organized by IATSE Local 891, book the course directly with the college or institution and pay the fees to them.

If you are seeking reimbursement

  • Check that you meet the 30 day requirement.  If you have any questions, please contact the Training Coordinator.
  • Check that the course is on the list of approved training courses in the 2019 Training Booklet.
  • If you wish to confirm that funds for a particular course are still available please contact the Training Coordinator.
  • Upon completion of the course, submit the official course receipt and proof of completion to the Training Coordinator. Training receipts are reimbursed in the calendar year in which the approved courses were taken, with a January 15 deadline for reimbursement of prior year receipts.
  • For purchases in US funds please provide your credit card statement with the transaction amount in Canadian funds so reimbursement can be issued in Canadian dollars. Please ensure you black out all other personal information on the statement copy you provide for privacy reasons or the statement cannot be accepted.

A reimbursement cheque will be mailed in 2-3 week.