CM-ET 5-Day Mega School | Orlando

2019 CM-ET 5-Day OCCC MEGA School | Orlando

  • $495.00

5-Day Course (Earn 36 ETCP Credits)

Motor Technician Certification (2.5 Days)

Trainer: Dave Carmack – Columbus McKinnon

This hands-on, two-day, ETCP recognized training course covers all aspects of the design and operation of a hoist, maintenance needs, inspection requirements, and troubleshooting.

  • Delves deep into electrical theory and troubleshooting of the popular Lodestar and Prostar hoists.
  • Upon passing a final exam, participants receive a CM-ET certification card and document which are good for five years.
  • Participants also receive 12 points towards the renewal of the ETCP certification for Theatre Rigging or Electrical.
  • The prerequisite for this class is to have successfully completed the one-day class within the past three years and work with Lodestars and Prostars on a regular basis.

Rigging Hardware Inspection and Safe Use (4 Hrs)

Trainer: Rob Bruno – Columbus McKinnon

Entertainment Rigging Seminar (2.0 Days)

Trainers: Brian Leister – Columbus McKinnon, Ben Brian – Reed Rigging


  • Falls remain the leading cause of worker fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn how to protect yourself while working at height, and stay up to date on the most recent fall protection regulations, standards, and equipment.
  • This half-day training goes beyond online courses, utilizing practical applications and hands-on activities to demonstrate proper practices and ultimately keep you safe on the job.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own fall protection equipment.


  • Rope is a rigger’s most versatile and indispensable asset. Like any other tool, it is only as effective as the person using it. This one-day course covers a variety of knots, bends and hitches essential to the day-to-day activities of an entertainment rigger. Students will learn how to build complex and compound mechanical advantage systems for safely hauling and lowering loads. 


  • No matter what type of rigging you do, wire rope is a critical component to the overhead attachment and movement of loads.
  • This 4-hour course will teach you how to identify and select the appropriate wire rope for any task, as well as how to make safe and effective terminations and splices in wire rope.


  • Slings and shackles are still among the most versatile staples of the rigging hardware. In this workshop, we will discuss selection, inspection, and application of that hardware for the safe rigging of truss.


This workshop combines classroom and hands-on practical exercises to teach fundamental rigging math. This class uses the same standardized formulas, as those provided for the ETCP Rigging exams, to help prepare participants for the calculations required to pass the ETCP Rigging – Arena exam. Rigging Math 101 covers uniform and point loads on simple supported spans, three point spans, and square configurations. The hands-on component has participants erect a simple truss structure and apply the loads. Thereafter, students move into the classroom to work the formulas, after which they will turn on the load cells to confirm their load estimations. Participants will learn how to plan, build, and estimate forces involved with bridles of equal and unequal height; as well as cantilevered loads. 

    Meet our Line-up of Instructors

    Dave Carmack is a 41 year veteran of Columbus McKinnon Corporation and has served in many roles during his tenure. His experience begins with 20 years of actual manufacturing and production of the Lodestar, and the mechanical and electrical construction of CM products. He has also worked on troubleshooting and repair, and engineering research and development in his roles as lab technician and product engineer before becoming our entertainment trainer. Dave has taught thousands around the world and given them a higher understanding of CM Products.

    Brian Leister is a Senior Technical Trainer with Columbus McKinnon Corporation, specializing in entertainment rigging, rope access and hoist maintenance. He has 14 years of experience as a rigging professional in the entertainment industry and 12 years of industrial rope access experience. Brian is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping people advance in their careers. He values his role as a trainer as his greatest privilege. He has trained over 80 rope access technicians, across all levels of SPRAT certification and is an ETCP Arena Certified Rigger. 

    Robert Bruno is a Corporate Trainer with Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Rob served 6 years in the U.S. Coast Guard on a 225 ft Seagoing Buoy tender where he was a crane operator and handled all shipboard rigging. After the Coast Guard, he worked for a large wire rope and sling manufacturer where he was responsible for sling fabrication and inspection, as well as offsite rigging and inspection. After moving to California, Rob worked for one of the largest synthetic sling manufacturers in the U.S. where he was responsible for Nuclear, Hydro, Aerospace, and wind energy customers. 

    Nick Fleming is a Business Development Specialist with Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Nick has been a contributor to the entertainment technology community for 10+ years.  Previously, he managed the Rigging and Rope Access efforts for a large theme park for 8 years.  He also was the founder of a rigging services business that served as a CM Certified Warranty Center and founder of a company that provided rope access solutions to many different industries.  Nick joined CM in 2017 as the Business Development Specialist for CM’s Entertainment Technology sector.

    Ben Brian, a Principal at Reed Rigging, Inc. in Chicago, continues to bring his expertise of safe rigging practices back to the ET market. Ben began his career in 2006 as a rigger for Atlanta Rigging and later as sales manager.  He was an asset to the market by supplying riggers with the right tools and training to do the job safely. In 2014, Ben and his family relocated back to Chicago. He was the national sales manager for Reed Rigging, Inc. and in 2018 became a Principal owner with his partner, Vince Cordero. Over the years, Ben has earned the respect of his peers as an advocate for common sense rigging safety and enjoys passing his knowledge and talents to the next generation of riggers.

    Questions? Feel free to call Dave Carmack at 276-614-4600 or email him at