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Certificate II in Music Industry

National Course Code: CUA20615


The nationally accredited Certificate II in Music Industry is an entry-level course for those looking to explore career options in the music industry. Gain a strong foundation in music essentials including performing, staging and recording. No experience required, just a passion for music.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Set up basic audio recording
  • Build a stage set up
  • Understand how the music industry operates
  • Understand the basics of singing and playing an instrument
  • Implement work, health and safety principles


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for music
  • An enthusiasm for performing or interest in sound engineering or producing
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Adaptability
  • A hardworking and resilient attitude


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Musician
  • Roadie
  • Junior sound assistant
  • Music assistant


Take your career further with the music industry study pathway:

  • Certificate III in Music Industry
  • Certificate IV in Music Industry
  • Diploma in Music Industry
  • Advanced Diploma in Music Industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A passion for music
  • An enthusiasm for performing or becoming a sound engineer or producer
  • The ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills may need further development.

In this course you can expect your assessments to be practical, with both group and individual work.

If you don't have any music experience, or you are unsure of which direction you should take, the Certificate II in Music Industry is your starting point. It is an introductory course where you will get an understanding of the music industry, and the basic skills and knowledge required for entry level employment. This course is also offered as a school-based apprenticeship.

If you have been playing or singing for at least a year, the Certificate III in Music Industry is the course for you. You will have some experience and a general interest in working in the music industry. Its also a good refresher course for anyone who has been out of the industry for a few years. You will get an introduction to the structure of the music industry including job roles, music genres and copyright.

The Certificate III in Music Industry also has three alternate streams available, if you'd prefer to move into a specialisation. Specialisations include performance, sound production and music business.

The Certificate IV in Music Industry requires intermediate levels of experience in one of the three streams, or you can choose the general Certificate IV which covers a range of areas including performance, sound production and music business. At this level you need to be able to work on your own and be self-motivated and directed.

At Diploma level you can choose from a Diploma of Music with a specialisation in performance, sound production (there are two further choices in this, audio engineering and electronic music production) or music business.

Depending on where you study, you may have the opportunity to be involved in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the music industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Performing in public in a group
  • Basic audio recording
  • Basic stage set up

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory alongside practical, hands-on skills. You will learn by working on real world projects, such as:

  • Staging a gig
  • Set up for performances

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Rehearsal spaces and recording studios equipped to industry standard
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Audio PA and recording equipment
  • Industry standard speakers for listening to music

We have a good supply of instruments and other accessories for you to practice your craft.

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Live performance and live production are both growing areas of music. Australia is the sixth largest music market in the world for overall revenues, with Australians spending over $350 million each year on recorded music.

There are over nine million tickets sold annually to live music and music theatre performances in Australia, with the live music sector injecting $1.2 billion annually into the Australian economy and supporting 15,000 jobs.

The music industry is undergoing a music streaming resurgence, with large profits and sustained growth. Self-publishing and social media promotion is allowing young musicians to have control over their career.

The Certificate II is the first stage of the suite of music qualifications offered by TAFE NSW that will prepare you for a career in an ever changing music industry.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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