Thank you for your interest in registering for the Motion Picture Industry Orientation (MPIO) course. (Previously referred to as the Film Industry Orientation / Set Etiquette course)

This comprehensive one-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.

Note: The format of this course has changed as of April 2019, in accordance with MPPIA regulations. Please read the FAQs below for more information.

Upcoming Course(s)

To put your name on the waitlist for a course that is full, please email We will contact you if a spot opens up.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you are paying by credit card, you may either register online, or call us at 604.984.4901 with your card details. If you would like to pay by debit or cheque, you may register in person at our Continuing Studies and Executive Education office in the Maple Building (MA103) at the CapU Main Campus (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver). As of November 2019, our office will be located at CapU Lonsdale (250 – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver).

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 1-day course held on Saturday or Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 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?

The location of the course is listed on the confirmation receipt which will be emailed to you once we process your registration. Your receipt will also include the dates and times of your course. If you have not received a confirmation receipt within a week of registering for the course, please email us at with your full name, date of birth, and dates that you registered for, and we will issue you a new receipt.

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.

What do I need to bring to the course?

The course material will be emailed to you. You may print out the material, or bring your laptop along to take notes. Please bring a bag lunch with you as there is no food service on campus over the weekend.

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 one week prior to the course start date.

Will there be food available on campus?

Unfortunately, the university cafeteria is closed during weekends, so you are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

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

What is the cost of parking on campus?

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