National code: CUA40920

Certificate IV in Music (Sound Production)

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Overview About this course

Help shape how the world is heard as you learn the skills to record artists, edit audio, and explore techniques in sound for film. Develop studio recording techniques, create music using the latest software, and set up and mix live sound.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Record in a studio environment

  • Work with live sound

  • Become proficient with music software and hardware

  • Develop music business skills

  • Mix music in-studio and live

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

  • Specialist skills to mix studio and live sound

  • Experience in a range of sound recording skills such as setting up equipment and recording instruments and vocals

  • The ability to create content using music technology

  • Confidence to collaborate with other producers and musicians

  • Exposure to networking with the music industry

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Music (Sound Production) or equivalent as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or

  • That you have the music skills and knowledge as evaluated by a teacher-assessed audition or interview. We’ll contact you to discuss requirements of the audition or interview and arrange a suitable time.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Access to a stable internet connection or a TAFE NSW library where you can connect to the internet outside of class hours

  • Access to a personal computer and software to complete coursework with software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Access to music production software that will depend on your TAFE NSW campus

  • The ability to attend and travel to live performances and functions outside of class hours, on evenings and potentially on weekends

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test 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: studio recording assistant, sound technician, film and TV sound assistant , live sound assistant and foldback assistant.


There are many career pathways and opportunities to choose from when you graduate from the Certificate IV of Music (Sound Production). It's important to check the licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements relating to your future career by visiting NSW Fair Trading or your state licensing body.

Study pathways

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Previous study 2 Courses

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Further study 0 Courses

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The Certificate IV in Music (Sound Production) does not have any post-graduate 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 Music (Sound Production) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 4 core and 10 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.

  • Investigate business opportunities BSBESB301

  • Implement copyright arrangements CUACMP311

  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields CUAIND411

  • Manage feedback on creative practice CUAMWB402

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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