Entertainment Industry

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.


CUA30420 – Certificate III in Live Production and Technical Services.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 300 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Entertainment.

An additional 60 hours Specialisation Study will be undertaken in either Prelim or HSC to complete the qualification requirements. Your school will advise arrangements for this study.

HSC Information

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 from the list below 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 student’s last HSC exam.

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


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 (RPL)

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.


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

Units of Competency

To be eligible for CUA30420 you must successfully complete: 15 units: 4 Core, 11 Electives:


  • CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices in a live production environment
  • CUASOU331 Undertake live audio operations
  • CUASTA311 Assist with production operations for live performance
  • CUALGT311 Operate basic lighting
  • CUAVSS312 Operate vision systems
  • CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry (Core)


  • CUASMT311 Work effectively backstage during performances
  • CUAPPR314 Participate in collaborative creative projects (Core)
  • BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities (Core)
  • CUAIND314 Plan a career in the creative arts industry (Core)
  • SITXCCS303 Provide service to customers
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid

Specialisation Study – 60 indicative hours

  • CUALGT314 Install and operate follow spots
  • CUASOU306 Operate sound reinforcement
  • CUASTA212 Assist with bump in and bump out of shows
Further Study
  • CUA40415 Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA50513 Diploma of Live Production Design
  • CUA60213 Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services
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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