How to Apply


Are you interested in working with the IATSE 873?

You can do so by applying as a Permit.

Or, if you are already an experienced professional in our industry and looking to apply as a Member of the IATSE 873, you must still complete the Permitee application process in order to eventually apply for Membership.

Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age to apply.





If you have further questions after reading the information below,

please visit our Frequently Asked Questions

page under the "About IATSE 873" tab.


At the 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 the 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.

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.

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 the 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.

The 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 the 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
  • Worker Health & Safety Awareness
  • Working at Heights

Please note that there are mandatory health and safety courses available online from the Ministry of Labour and are available to be taken online free of charge:

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 the 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 click here to proceed to the online application


This information pertains only to current and active Permits of the IATSE 873:

If you are a Permit of the IATSE 873 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 when you are logged in.