Course Info

Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production)

National Course Code: CUA30915


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) is designed for budding music producers and sound engineers who want to work in the evolving music industry. Learn the fundamentals of audio sound production and electronic music, and launch your recording career.


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

  • Use music software for music creation and editing
  • Work with microphones and mixing consoles
  • Edit music using a range of mixing techniques
  • Understand audio theory
  • Work within copyright
  • Manage work, health and safety practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An interest in sound production and/or electronic music
  • A willingness to continually improve through practice
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to seek constructive feedback on work
  • Collaborative teamwork skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and reach your career potential

Career opportunities:

  • Music producer
  • Post-production editor
  • Project collaborator
  • Assistant sound mixer
  • Audiovisual operator
  • Live sound assistant
  • Casual technician


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV of Music Industry (Sound Production)
  • Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

This course is superseded.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 course have:

  • An interest in sound production and/or electronic music
  • A willingness to continually improve through practice
  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to seek constructive feedback on work
  • The ability to collaborate and work as part of team

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

In this course you can expect practical projects involving music creation, music mixing and editing; and in some cases, live electronic music performances.

The Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) is the entry level sound production qualification.

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) is for students who have an understanding of the essentials of digital recording. You will learn a broad range of skills required to succeed in the music industry, including:

  • Digital and analogue recording consoles
  • Music production software and hardware
  • Microphones and monitors
  • Equipment set up and signal flow
  • Recording and mixing
  • Basic live audio

You will also cover more advanced aspects of copyright, small business skills and how to express your ideas. After successfully completing this course, you will be prepared to study at a higher level, such as the Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production).

The Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) has two versions. The most common version is an all-around audio engineering course focused on organic music in the recording studio and in live performance venues. The other version is focused on Electronic Music Production and is primarily related to making music entirely on the computer.

The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) is the highest level music course you can undertake at TAFE NSW. Similar to the Diploma course, there are two versions of this course - audio engineering and electronic music production. Both versions give you the opportunity to produce finished recordings that are ready for distribution.

This qualification helps bring your skills and knowledge up to a more professional level, in the areas of recording, mixing, artist production, collaboration, microphones, monitors, and high level business skills to launch and manage your career.

Depending on your campus location, you may be involved in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the music industry. We also invite guest lecturers from the music industry to join us and add an extra dimension to your learning.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Setting up microphones
  • Recording instruments and vocals
  • Creating beats and other production elements using music software
  • Collaborating with other producers and musicians

In this certificate course you will learn by working on real world projects such as:

  • Creating original music using a combination of music creation software and recording equipment
  • Collaboration with musicians and producers

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

  • Industry standard, fully equipped rehearsal spaces
  • Fully equipped recording studios
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Post production studios
  • Listening suites

We know practice makes perfect. Make use our great supply of instruments, accessories and programs to keep practicing and refining your skills.

Australia is the world's sixth largest music market. According to PwC, by 2023 Australia's total spend on music will reach 1.791 billion with a staggering 763 million spent on digital distribution alone.

However, music is more than economic statistics, it is part of who we are, our shared history, culture, art and experience. By enrolling in a music qualification at TAFE NSW you will keep music traditions alive and create new, fresh music for generations to come.

The music industry is undergoing a music streaming resurgence, with large profits and sustained growth. Self-publishing and social media promotion are allowing young musicians to have control over their career. Audio post production is also an area of growth.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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