National code: CUA40420

Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

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Overview About this course

Shine a spotlight on a career in live production as you learn to use lighting, audio and show control equipment. Gain the skills you need to perform a wide range of roles including sound technician, lighting technician and production coordinator.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Assist with rehearsals and live productions

  • Operate a range of lighting and sound equipment

  • Use industry software to schedule and run live production

  • Establish a self-care plan to support your own mental wellbeing while working in the live production industry

  • Build and maintain professional relationships with other production personnel

  • Collaborate with others in the creative process

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level

  • A pathway to further study in live production

  • The skills to operate lighting and sound at a live event to industry standards

  • The experience to work in a live production environment with other industry professionals

  • The ability to manage self-care strategies

  • An understanding of industry work, health and safety practices and standards

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • The ability to respond effectively to workplace requirements and apply a basic knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one area of technical production as evidenced by a letter from your employer, resume, transcript, production records or references

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Enclosed shoes and ear protection

  • An interest in live production and previous study or work experience in the industry

  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with internet and Microsoft Office 365

  • The ability to manage self-paced study

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level


  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: sound recordist, community theatre centre worker, sound technician, lighting, audio and staging worker, assistant stage manager, AV technician, community theatre production worker, venue technician, lighting technician and operator, audio operator, video operator and production coordinator.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 3 Courses

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Collaborate in creative processes BSBCRT413

  • Communicate effectively with arts professionals CUAIND413

  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries CUAMWB401

  • Contribute to organising productions CUAPPM421

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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