Offering Info

Certificate III in Live Production and Services

  • National Course Code: CUA30415
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30415-01V02-21NIR-201

Location – Nirimba


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

28 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Live Production and Services is your backstage pass to the exciting world of live music and theatre production. Learn the skills you need to work behind the scenes on audio lighting, staging and vision systems at gigs, venues and theatres.


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

  • Set up microphones
  • Operate front of house and monitor mixing consoles
  • Program moving lights
  • Operate lighting consoles
  • Set up and pack down stage and backline equipment


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A hard-working attitude
  • A positive approach to teamwork
  • An aptitude for practical work
  • The ability to take and give direction
  • A technical and creative mindset


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Front of house mixer
  • Monitor engineer
  • Lighting operator
  • Stage technician
  • Audio visual operator
  • Assistant stage manager


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
  • Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Live Production and Services as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the live audio, staging, lighting or crewing industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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

  • Attended a range of live performances (if possible)
  • Subscriptions to industry websites such as CX Network and Audio Technology
  • The strength to lift portable sound and lighting equipment
  • The ability to work in a team, as collaboration is essential
  • An interest in work that is a combination of creative and technical tasks
  • A patient attitude and the ability to alternate between intense periods of work and lengthy periods of waiting
  • An interest in related areas such as IT networking, broadcast or film and television

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • This course includes all resources needed to complete the course however students must supply note taking materials (notebook & pen/pencils) and personal data storage devices such as USB or portable hard drives. Most students use a portable computing device during their studies and whilst this may be advantageous it is not a requirement to complete the course assessments.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 | 7.00pm to 8.00pm | Join us in Microsoft Teams


This is a Full Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 23.3 hours of class, 4 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, skills practice, volountary work in related areas, networking and other releated entertainment industry activities.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • typically have a keen interest in the technology used to support live performance. It covers level 2 and level 3 skills in using audio, video and lighting technology for live performance. It also covers introductory music industry and basic business skills. It is aimed at people who have completed secondary school to at least year 10 level and can read, write and communicate effectively in English. Course work includes lifting, carrying and connecting live production equipment.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including tutorial support for students with identified LLN needs.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 11.00am to 2.45pm, Tuesday from9.30am to 4.15pm, Wednesday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and Thursday from11.00am to 2.45pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

This course includes all resources needed to complete the course however students must supply note taking materials (notebook & pen/pencils) and personal data storage devices such as USB or portable hard drives. Most students use a portable computing device during their studies and whilst this may be advantageous it is not a requirement to complete the course assessments.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices
SITXCCS303 Provide service to customers
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects
Elective Units
Number Title
MEM05001B Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components
CUALGT301 Operate basic lighting
CUALGT303 Install and test lighting equipment
CUALGT304 Install and operate follow spots
CUASMT301 Work effectively backstage during performances
CUASOU201 Develop basic audio skills and knowledge
CUASOU202 Perform basic sound editing
CUASTA301 Assist with production operations for live performances
CUAVSS302 Operate vision systems

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Eastern Road, Quakers Hill
Phone 131 601

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