To join as an Apprentice Member, a performer must have one qualifying credit. The first qualifying credit can be:
- An Acting Credit: a professional engagement in an eligible category for which a work permit was paid. We will need the contract and paystub.
- An Education Credit: a degree or diploma from one qualifying program
- 1600 hours or 200 days of work from when you joined as a Background Member1
To join as a Full Member, a performer must have at least three qualifying credits. The first qualifying credit can be an Acting Credit, an Education Credit, or 1600hrs/200 days of work as a Background Member. Second and subsequent credits must be Acting Credits.
A member in good standing with SAG-AFTRA or Equity UK may apply to be a Full Member of UBCP/ACTRA after having worked on at least one residual bearing role on a UBCP/ACTRA production. For more information click here.
Credits are qualifying when they are not expired.
Deadlines for credit registration
An Acting Credits must be registered within 6 weeks counted from the date of work. This deadline might be extended by an eligibility letter issued by UBCP/ACTRA.
An Education Credit must be registered within 60 days counted from the date of graduation and you will need to provide a sealed transcript from the institution.
If your credit has expired, you may write to the Membership Committee to explain why you failed to register your credit on time, and request that it be validated. To do so, please send an email to email@example.com (attach any relevant documents).
1 To obtain your payroll history, please contact Cast & Crew and Entertainment Partners Canada directly