Permittee Applications:

Thank you for your interest in applying to IATSE Local 891.

Permittee Applications are currently closed until further notice, with the exception of the following departments:
* NO paper copies of applications will be accepted or made available at the union office. Applications are only accepted by email.

The application forms are fillable PDF files. Please note these important instructions:

  1. Do NOT simply click on the above application links and start typing in your data. This will NOT work.
    You must first save the application PDF file to your desktop. Do this by right clicking (Mac users: hold the CTRL key and mouse-click) on the file link above and selecting the "Save Link As" or "Save Target as" option and saving the file to your desktop.
  2. Only open the application PDF file on your desktop in Adobe Acrobat Reader version XI (eleven) or later.  * Other PDF viewers such as Acrobat Reader X (ten) or older, Chrome, Firefox, etc. will NOT work. It is also possible to fill in and save your data in this PDF using a smartphone or tablet, but only by using the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app.
  3. Type in all the required application information (name, phone number, etc).
  4. In the PDF file remember to SAVE your changes via the File Menu -> Save option.
  5. Email your completed application PDF file and attachments to
    * A PDF resume file is required to be attached to each application.

To apply, an applicant must have the required skills and experience. Your resume must detail your work experience and qualifications relevant to the department.

Copies of required documents (such as certificates, tickets, resumes, etc.) must be emailed as attachments along with your completed application. PDF or JPG file format only.

If you have applied to either the Lighting or Make-Up Departments, you will need to come into the union office at 1640 Boundary Road, Burnaby BC and write the departmental test. Departmental tests can only be written after you have submitted your application via email to the union office. Applicants may write tests between the hours of 9:00am - 3:30pm Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. We recommend that you allow yourself at least one hour to complete the test.

The time-line for the application review process is contingent on productions needs, and only those considered will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in applying to IATSE Local 891.

2nd Category Applications for IATSE Local 891 Members:

IATSE Local 891 Members currently in good standing can apply for second category status in another IATSE Local 891 department. There is no limit to the number of 2nd categories that can be applied for

  • Please login to the members' area to access 2nd Category application forms.
  • After working for 90 days in a 2nd category, a member may request to be made prime in that department. The request must be made in writing (an email message is acceptable).
  • There is no processing fee for 2nd category applications.

Classification Requests for IATSE Local 891 members:

If you are an IATSE Local 891 member in good standing, you can apply for additional classifications within the department(s) of which you are already a member of.

  • IATSE Local 891 members please click here to send a classification request by email.
  • For your reference please refer to the list of classifications in the Master Agreement (pg. 40-41).
Classification upgrades category upgrade

Sister Local Applications:

This type of application is for members currently in good standing with another IATSE Local who wish to work in IATSE Local 891's jurisdiction.

  • Please contact the IATSE Local 891 office at for a Sister Local application form.
  • Please indicate on the form that the application is for sister local status.
  • A current Good Standing letter from your IATSE local which provides the date to which your quarterly dues have been paid, is required to be provided with this application.
  • There is no processing fee for sister local applications.

Membership Applications:

Membership Application form

  • Applicants who have 90 verifiable days worked in any one (1) department on IATSE Local 891 signed productions are eligible to apply for membership.
  • Applicants who have extensive and significant work experience gained outside of IATSE Local 891, may put forward a written request for a waiver of the 90 day membership requirement. Such requests will be reviewed by the department of application, and may be referred to the Executive Board for final consideration. Please see the Membership Application form for details.
  • The current fees to join Local 891 are $880.00, and must be paid prior to initiation. This amount consists of $700 processing fee to IATSE 891, a $100 processing fee to IATSE International, and $80 to cover the dues for the current quarter.
  • The membership application form is a fillable PDF form, please see important instructions above for completing fillable PDF forms. Completed membership application forms can then be emailed to
  • Email is the preferred method of receiving membership application forms. You may also print the form, fill in the details and then fax, mail or drop it off at the office.