How to Apply



Are you interested in working with IATSE 873?

You can do so by applying as a permit.

Please note that you must be 18 years of age to apply to be a permit.


Please read this page in full before applying.



If you have further questions after reading the information below,

please visit our Frequently Asked Questions

page under the "About IATSE 873" tab.



At IATSE Local 873, our goal is to supply each production in Toronto with the most skilled and experienced film technicians available in the industry. If you believe you have what it takes and would like to join IATSE 873, your first step is to apply for permit status.

An IATSE 873 permit is someone who is working towards becoming a member by providing invaluable support and backup to the membership during our busiest periods.

If you belong to another industry guild or union, you still must apply for permit status in order to join IATSE 873.

All applicants who are interested in permit status MUST submit an online application.
Printed copies of applications will not be accepted at the office.

If you are already an active permit with IATSE 873, you can apply for membership.






  • Please apply to ONE department. Do not submit a second application for another department; you will be duplicated in our system and your application will take longer to be reviewed. (If you are an active permit wanting to add a department, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out how to do so.)

    For your department of choice, please review the minimum requirements and required kit (where applicable):

    Boom Microphone Operation Minimum Requirements  
    Carpentry Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Costume Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Craftservice Minimum Requirements  
    Electric Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Grip Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Hair Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Make-Up for Film and TV Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Props/Set Decoration/Greens Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Scenic Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Script Continuity On-Set Minimum Requirements  
    Sound Recordist On-Set Minimum Requirements  
    Special Effects Minimum Requirements Required Kit
    Transportation Minimum Requirements  


  • The permit application consists of two steps:
    Step 1 - Create your account. Please apply to only one department and create only one account.
    Please fill out your personal information correctly, including capitalizing where necessary.
    When selecting a department to apply to, please be aware that IATSE 873 does not offer a training course for applicants to learn the skills of a trade. You must be experienced.
    After creating your account, you will receive an e-mail that will allow you to set up a password and gain access to our website. Please check both your inbox and junk mail folders for the e-mail. To continue to Step 2, you will be required to log in to your account.

    Step 2 - Certifications.
    After logging in to your account, you will be prompted to submit any certifications that you have, including those that are mandatory requirements for your selected department. If you do not meet the mandatory requirements, the system will not allow you to submit your application; at this point, you can "Save" your application while you seek to obtain those certifications.

    IATSE 873 offers training courses instructed by its own members who have been certified to train by the Workers Health and Safety Centre. We also accept training certifications from other schools and safety training centres. We do not, however, accept certifications obtained through online training for any safety tickets (WHMIS and Health & Safety Awareness excepted). If you would like to obtain your training through IATSE 873, please, when logged in, visit the Events Calendar under the My873 tab to sign up for an available course. You will be required to make your payment online.

    We offer the following training courses:
    - Elevating Work Platforms Operator: Scissor Lift and Boom Lift
    - Forklift
    - Propane ROT
    - Transportation of Dangerous Goods
    - WHMIS
    - Worker Health & Safety Awareness
    - Working at Heights

    Any courses that are available to sign up for can be found listed on the Events Calendar. If the course you are looking for cannot be found, it simply means that we do not have any dates scheduled at the moment. Please check back at a later time.


  • Once you are able to provide all mandatory requirements, please submit your application for review.
    The speed of the review process is dependent upon our need for new permits in your department as well as your qualifications. When it is busy and we are in need of technicians, the most qualified technicians will be contacted first.

    We strive to review all applications within 30 business days, however, depending on the level of work available, please understand that the time for your application to be reviewed could extend beyond 30 business days.

    We thank you for your interest in becoming a permit with IATSE 873, however only those who are qualified will be invited or accepted to become a permit.


  • Upon review of your application, you will be contacted through e-mail with the indication that you are Accepted, Invited, or Declined.

    If you are Invited, you will be required to attend our Toronto Film Industry Orientation Workshop (TFIOW). This workshop is mandatory for all applicants with less than 8 years' experience working on a film set. This 2-day workshop is an introduction to the working environment of technicians in the Toronto film industry. It covers all aspects of on-set protocol, health and safety issues, and basic film-making principles that all crew members must be familiar with. Successful completion of this workshop is mandatory for permit status. The course cost is $150.00.

    Important: You can only attend this workshop if you have been invited. Do not contact the office to sign up unless you have received an e-mail indicating that you were invited.


  • To start the application process, please proceed to the online application.



This information pertains only to current and active IATSE 873 permits:

If you are an IATSE 873 permit and wish to become a member, please ensure that you are logged in and then click to proceed to find out how to apply for membership. This link also appears under the "My873" tab.