This comprehensive two-day course stresses foundational must-know information of the workings on any fast-paced film set and is required by all film unions and guilds in BC.

The motion picture industry has high expectations of crew members, their knowledge and expertise, in order to “get the shot and make the day.”

Course topics include current filming information, growth and trends in the industry, its collaborative nature, demands and challenges facing production crew, job descriptions, on-set language, location respect, reading and understanding a call sheet, and on-set safety considerations and protocols for stunts and special effects.

This immediately practical information could save you on your first week of work.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I register and when can I pay for the course?

At this time, we only accept online registrations placed through our website as our office is currently closed due to COVID-19. Payment, by credit card, is required at the time of registration.

What is the price of the course?

The total cost of this course is $75.00. This does not include the $50 exam fee which is payable to ActSafe when you register for the online exam.

How long is the course?

The Motion Picture Industry Orientation is a 2-day online course held on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Will there be an exam?

As of April 2019, the exam will no longer be part of the in-class curriculum. Instead, the exam will be administered online by ActSafe, and you will be able to take the exam once your course attendance has been verified.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?

A course completion certificate will be issued digitally by ActSafe upon successful completion of the online exam. Paper wallet cards will no longer be mailed out, however, the digital version will contain a printable wallet card if you wish to have a hard copy. Course completion records will be available for unions and employers to verify though an online search immediately upon completion of the exam.

How old do I need to be to take this course?

You need to be at least 16 years of age to register for this course.

Where is the course held?

This course is being run in a COVID-compliant online webinar format. A link to the webinar will be emailed to you on the day before the course.

Does this course cover WHMIS?

No, this course does not cover WHMIS. Set safety, on the other hand, is stressed.

I took this course but have misplaced my certificate. Can I get a replacement certificate?

To get a replacement certificate, please contact ActSafe at 604.733.4682.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

You do not need to purchase a textbook for this course. The Student Manual will be emailed to you on the day before the course.

Are there any special requirements I need to take this course?

All registrants must have access to a device with high-speed internet, webcam, microphone and speakers.

Is there a deadline to register for this course?

There is no deadline to register for this course, however, you are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible, as our sessions fill up quite quickly.

The session I want to register for is full. Can I be placed on a waitlist?

Absolutely. Please email us at with your full name, phone number, and the session(s) you would like to be waitlisted for.

Can I be placed on the waitlist for more than one session?

Yes, you may ask to be placed on the waitlist for all our upcoming sessions, or specific sessions.

If I register for the next available session, can I remain on the waitlist for an earlier session?

Yes, it is strongly encouraged that you register for the next available session in order to secure your spot. If a seat becomes available, we will contact you and offer to move your registration to the earlier date, without a transfer fee. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for our earlier sessions, email us at with your full name, phone number, and which session(s) you would like to be waitlisted for.

Will I be contacted if I don’t get a seat on the waitlist? When is the latest I can expect to hear back?

No, you will only be contacted if a seat becomes available in one of our earlier sessions and you are the next person on the waitlist. You could be contacted right up until the day before the session you are waitlisted for. For example, if you are waitlisted for the April 27th session, you may be offered a seat weeks in advance, or on April 26th. If you do not receive a call or email, it is your responsibility to register or waitlist for another session, if you haven’t done so already.

I’m registered for this course, but I can no longer attend. Can I transfer to another session or cancel my registration? Is there a fee?

All transfers and withdrawals are subject to a $35 administrative fee. Transferring to a later session is contingent upon availability. In the 7 days leading up to the course, transfers are not permitted, and all withdrawals are 100% non-refundable. If you would like to withdraw or transfer your registration, please email us at

Required Materials

A PDF version of the MPPIA Student Manual will be emailed to you the day before the start date of the course.


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Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Total sessions 2

Course Reference Number (CRN) 93046

Instructor John Penhall


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Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Total sessions 2

Course Reference Number (CRN) 93047

Instructor John Penhall

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Total sessions 2

Course Reference Number (CRN) 93048

Instructor John Penhall