Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP)

Please note that “Phase I” and “Phase II” must be completed via our on-line portal. 

Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP)

This on-the-job training program focuses on NM residents working in primarily technical industry positions.  This program serves as an incentive for participating companies to provide job opportunities to New Mexico residents who are ready to move up within their department or are adding a new skill set.  All FCAP participants must have a mentor.  The FCAP program provides a 50% reimbursement of the qualifying participants’ wages for up to 1040 hours physically worked by the crew member.  Companies are approved by the Chair of the JTIP Board. Example: a NM Grip who is ready to move up to the Best Boy position would qualify. The Key Grip would be that crew member’s mentor.

FCAP / Operation Soundstage (OSS)

A sub-program of FCAP for military veterans and reserve component members in New Mexico.  Operation Soundstage adds an additional position on each production to be available specifically to a New Mexico veteran. To be eligible for Operations Soundstage, veterans must be registered with the New Mexico Workforce Connection.  Please contact: Chris Zaffra, State Veterans Coordinator, Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Program, Tribal Liaison and Agency Point of Contact for Federal Contractors, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Phone:  (505) 841-8517 or Email: For a list of OSS resumes CLICK HERE – COMING SOON.

FCAP Approved Job Titles

FCAP Trainee Application

Step one: Email the production companies Federal W-9 form to

Step two: The company must create an online account (“user id” and “password”) through the online portal. CLICK HERE to register and create an online account (Note: the portal works best with Chrome, Safari and Firefox.  If the “user” has created an account with another project – we recommend that the “user” create a new online account with a new email address (i.e. create a production email).


must be completed via the online portal (during prep): submission of federal W-9 form, FCAP company Application (via portal, estimated list of trainee positions) and signed and dated FCAP agreement (NMFO will generate and send for signature by the UPM or higher).


must be completed via the online portal (must be completed within the first week of principal photography): submission of FCAP trainee applications and resumes to the portal, preliminary crew list and day 1 call sheet uploaded to the portal).


(completed after wrap): submission of final crew list, last day call sheet and detailed earnings reports of approved FCAP trainees to Rochelle Bussey.

For FCAP / OSS questions please contact: Rochelle Bussey, Sr. Manager of Operations and Workforce Development Programs – phone #: (505) 476-5604 – E-Mail: Website: