*     Important Notice regarding applications to the QL:  If you are interested in applying to the QL online, you must "Register" using the registration form under the upper right-hand tab even if your name already appears on this site, and we will reply via email. ANYONE USING THE ONLINE SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME MUST REGISTER FOR A PLACEMENT OR UPGRADE. 

*    DGACA is not able to accommodate in-person QL application drop-off. We will begin accepting "hard-copy" applications beginning November 1st, 2021 on a very limited basis. Please send an email to mailbox@dgaca.org if you are interested in this option so that we are able to work with you. DO NOT SHIP documents to the address on our website.  

Directors Guild of America Contract Administration

The DGA Contract Administration (DGACA) maintains Qualification Lists (QLs) of individuals who have met the minimum requirements for work as Unit Production Managers, First Assistant Directors, and Second Assistant Directors in the Motion Picture Industry. The requirements for placement on the Qualification Lists are negotiated by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). DGACA policies are established by a Board of Trustees appointed by the AMPTP. Companies signatory to the DGA Basic Agreement give preference of employment to individuals on the Qualification Lists.


Information regarding the Directors Guild of America and DGA membership is available on its website at www.dga.org. The DGA National Headquarters is located in Los Angeles, California, and may be reached by phone at (310) 289-2000.


APPLICANTS: You must read through all of the general and specific requirements for the list on which you are seeking placement. Please review the information under the "Placement Process" tab at the top of this page as well as the "FAQ" tab before contacting our office. You may also find it helpful to read "How to Fill Out Forms" once you have started a hard-copy or electronic application. If you have additional questions, please email us.


EMPLOYERS: Please read through the general notes for employers under the "Employers" tab above. If you have any questions, please contact us: mailbox@dgaca.org.


OTHER QUALIFICATION LISTS: The Commercial Qualification List (CQL) maintains the New York Commercial, Southern California Commercial, and Third Area Commercial Qualification Lists. If you are interested in inquiring about CQL requirements or would like to request a cross listing, please call (212) 397-0930 or go to www.dga-cql.org. For information and placement on the New York Qualification List (NYQL) or the Eligible-to-Work in Southern California Qualification List, contact DGACA-East at (914) 747-2979 or go to www.dgaca-east.org


SAFETY TRAINING: To find the name of an individual who has satisfied the requirements for Mandatory DGA Safety Pass training or Covid training, please use our SEARCH tab and enter the last name. For general questions regarding safety training or to register for training, please contact the DGA at (310) 289-2000 or visit their website: www.dga.org




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