Film & TV Training Opportunity

Classified Categories: Archived

Creatives Empowered logo

Film & TV Training Opportunity

Creatives Empowered is collaborating with some exciting organizations in the entertainment industry to facilitate an incredible film and TV training initiative for Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2AI+, people with disabilities, and women. Would you like to receive free online training that could potentially lead to a production assistant position with large studio productions in Alberta’s booming film and TV industry?

What is a Production Assistant

A production assistant (PA) is an entry-level position, and an invaluable team player that assists in a variety of ways to ensure a production runs smoothly. Production assistant training is provided by the Alberta District Council of the Directors Guild of Canada—also known as DGC Alberta—a major union in the entertainment industry.

Creatives Empowered will help you obtain the minimum required courses to become a registered DGC Alberta permittee. This is your first step in obtaining a production assistant position in one of two departments:

The locations department is responsible for finding and securing locations to be used for the production and coordinating the logistics, permits and costs involved. Locations PAs assist with a variety of duties when a production shoots on location or in the studio. Part of the job is to maintain and protect the locations being used. You could be asked to stop, reroute, or otherwise control pedestrian traffic, which may include being outside, rain or shine, for long periods of time.

The production office supervises the physical aspects of the production including personnel, technology, budget, and scheduling. Office PAs are responsible for providing administrative and organizational support to senior production staff prior to, during, and after a production wraps. This role may include answering phones, photocopying, ordering meals and running errands.

Free Online Training

The minimum required courses you’ll receive free training in are:

MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course

This course provides you with the information you need to know before working on a film set.

  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Duration: Four hours per day, for two consecutive days
  • Dates: TBD
  • Cost: Free

The Ultimate Production Assistant Workshop

This courses teaches you how to be the ideal production assistant.

  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Duration: One day, approximately eight hours
  • Date: October 23, 2021
  • Cost: Free

Flag Training Certificate

Also known as traffic control persons for construction—this course teaches the techniques, equipment and legal requirements for traffic control persons in a road construction environment.

  • Course Delivery: Online
  • Duration: approximately 60 minutes
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: Free

Total Training Time Commitment: 17 to 18 hours

If you’re interested, please send us your cover letter and resume.

Creatives Empowered will contact select applicants for an initial interview. Based on the results of the interview, candidates will then be selected to move onto a 2nd interview with our studio partner.

The studio partner will then recommend individuals to CE for the training initiative.

No industry experience is necessary! You must be 19 years of age or older and an Alberta resident in order to apply.

All training will take place online and will be scheduled between October 23 and November 6, 2021.  Exact dates and times to be determined.

For more information, visit

The Application Deadline is October 4, 2021, by 5:00pm MT.

Share this page