This qualification is recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the Entertainment industry. The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the Entertainment Industry, working in possible jobs such as stage-hand, technical assistant in lighting and sound. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest and to assist in part-time work while undertaking further study.

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Course Duration/Hours

Students undertaking the 240 hour course will be eligible to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Live Production and Services.

An additional 60 hours Specialisation Study may be undertaken in Year 12 to complete the qualification requirements. Your school will advise arrangements for this study.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 15 units: 6 Core, 9 Electives: Minimum 5 from group A; Maximum 3 from group C.


  • CPCCOHS1001A
    Work safely in the construction industry
  • CUAWHS302
    Apply work health and safety practices
  • BSBWOR301
    Organise personal work priorities and development
  • CUAPPR304
    Participate in collaborative creative projects
  • SITXCCS303
    Provide service to customers
  • CUAIND301
    Work effectively in the creative arts industry


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • CUASOU301
    Undertake live audio operations
  • CUAVSS302
    Operate vision systems
  • CUASTA301
    Assist with production operations for live performance
  • CUALGT301
    Operate basic lighting
  • CUASMT301
    Work effectively backstage during performances


60 Indicative Hours

  • HLTAID003
    Provide first aid
  • CUASTA202
    Assist with bump in and bump out of shows
  • MEM18002B
    Use power tools/hand held operation
  • BSBCOM201
    Communicate in the workplace
  • CUALGT304
    Install and operate follow spots
  • CUASOU306
    Operate sound reinforcement

Career Information

Job Roles

Possible job titles include:

  • Assistant lighting technician
  • Assistant prop maker
  • Assistant set builder
  • Assistant sound technician
  • Assistant venue technician
  • Assistant wardrobe technician
  • Booking clerk
  • Box office customer service representatives (CSR)
  • Follow spot operator
  • Fly operator
  • Mechanist
  • Scenic art assistant (brush hand)

Duties and Tasks

A sound technician’s assistant may conduct microphone checks, ensure that the cables are properly plugged in and other tasks as directed by the sound technician.

The fly operator operates the theatrical rigging system, and related devices within a theatre. The rigging apparatus is a system of ropes and pulleys that quickly, quietly and safely hoists components such as curtains, lights, scenery and stage effects.

A follow spot operator operates a specialised stage lighting instrument known as a follow-spot”, to physically move a light to follow an actor on stage through the show. A follow-spot can move, change size, beam width, and colour easily by hand.

Lighting, Audio and Staging Assistants perform a mix of basic lighting, staging and audio duties in theatre venues.

Props Assistants help to construct, shift, maintain and assemble props for theatre, television and film, or for arts events.

Sound Assistants help to operate technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound. They may set up equipment, check batteries and recording stock, and operate simple equipment.

Stagehands work backstage or behind the scenes in theatres, film, television, or location performance. Their duties include setting up and operating the scenery, lights, sound, props, rigging, and special effects for a production.

Attendants work in arts and cultural environments such as galleries, museums, theatres, film and television production companies, providing visitor and guest support services.

Personal Attributes

  • A good ear for detail in all areas of sound
  • Aptitude for working with computers and audio equipment
  • Flexible attitude toward working hours and conditions
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Interested in electronic sound and vision production, and recording equipment
  • Enjoy communicating information
  • Normal eyesight and colour vision
  • Good technical ability


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    Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA50513
    Diploma of Live Production Design
  • CUA60213
    Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services

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