How to Work with us as a Non-member


At Local 828, we like to think of non-members who work along side us as future members rather than “permits”.

If you are interested in becoming a future member with Local 828, it’s as simple as filling out a form.  Please read carefully through this page.  The links to the forms are at the end.

Don’t be discouraged if you feel that you do not have a great deal of experience. Local 828 has entry level positions which will allow future members with less training to have the opportunity to learn the basics of our crafts.  If you do have extensive training or experience, the procedure is the same to begin working with us as a future member, but the membership application procedure is slightly different.

For your convenience, the information on this page is available to download here.

Once you have submitted your on-line forms your status as a permit, or “future member”, with our local is automatic.
Your completed Self-assessment Form will allow us to place you appropriately for work, if and when work is available. Local 828 is based on a structure similar to that of an arts guild rather than the traditional seniority-based system, and our structure has a number of skill levels into which members and future members can fit. The Membership Committee will help identify a person’s skills and place them at the appropriate level.

Please consider the options carefully when filling out your self-assessment form:

No experience at all in a particular area?  Please leave it blank.  You will have an opportunity on the form to indicate areas you are interested in, even if you have no experience.

Apprentice Level:  You have some experience with the skill in question, even if it’s just classroom or student experience, or perhaps very little work experience.

Intermediate Level:  You have some professional work experience with the skill in question, 2 – 5 years.  You may be asked about your work experience.

Advanced Level:  You have more than 5 years work experience with the skill in question.  Your resume will reflect your experience, and you have references to back this up.  You may be required to complete a practical test, interview, and/or we may ask for a portfolio review.  Most importantly, when you are placed in a job based on your self-assessment, it’s because the employer requires a particular skill to be performed at a particular level.

Please note:  Once you are on the future member list, you must submit your availability using the on line form in order to be called for any work that may come up.  Remember to update your availability as necessary.

Work Permits (effective March 1st 2019)*

With your self-assessment form submitted and your availabilty up-to-date you may be considered for work calls.  At the time you are called for your first work call with us, you will be issued a Temporary Work Permit.  This permit will allow you to work in our contract shops for 200 hours.  After that time your performance will be assessed and you may request that your Work Permit be renewed for another 200 hours.  The renewal of your permit is not automatic and is at the discretion of the local’s executive board.  Your permit may be renewed twice in three years, allowing you to complete a total of 600 hours as a Future Member.  The work permits will indicate Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 respectively, as your hours increase.

Keep track of your hours using this downloadable form, and ask your Head of Department sign off on your completed hours in each category.  The category list and requirements can be downloaded here.  When you are ready to have your permit renewed you must submit a Request for Work Permit Renewal form where you can enter the number of hours you’ve completed in each category.  As a permit, you are responsible for tracking your hours AND for keeping the Call Steward informed of your progress.  If you inadvertently work beyond the number of hours allowed by your permit level, the hours over and above the permitted number will not be counted toward your total.

Please bear in mind that while you hold a work permit you are being assessed for your your skill level, work ethic, and overall suitability for the job.  Your permit may be revoked at any time if you are deemed by your employer to be unsuitable either by your conduct or your skill level.  If at any time your work permit is revoked, or if, after expiry, a renewal is not granted, you will be removed from the permit list. 

NB*  Anyone who worked as a permit prior to March 1st, 2019 is subject to the previous permit guidelines under which 480 hours must be accrued.

NOTE for anyone working in a training position:  The procedures outlined on this page may not apply to training positions.  If you are working as an intern, co-op, trainee, etc., please read the page on training positions here.

You will not be a Future Member forever:

We are not permitted to keep you on our “permit” list for more than 3 three years.  If you qualify for membership after being on the Future Member list for three years, you must apply for membership.  If you choose not to apply, or if you apply and are not accepted, you will be removed from the list.  Additionally, if after three years you have not worked a minimum of 600 hours, you will be removed from the list.

WHMIS 2015 and Government of Ontario Health & Safety Awareness training are mandatory.

If you don’t have them already, you may use these links to get them:  WHMIS 2015  and  OHSA

Workplace Violence and Harassment Training is also expected in most shops and required in some.  It is available here.

Working at Heights training is also recommended.  Occasionally there are calls that require it.

Additionally, required tool lists are provided here so you’ll know what to bring with you to work.  Please note that these lists are just basic.  It is your responsibility to check with the call steward about whether you need other tools on the job.

Please note that submitting a self-assessment form does not constitute application for membership to the local.

Self-assessment forms are here:

Scenic Art Self-assessment Form
Props Self-assessment Form
You may submit your availability on line here.

As a permit with I.A.T.S.E local 828, union dues will be deducted from your pay in the amount of 2% of your pay.