Offering Info

Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • National Course Code: CUA30915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30915-02V02-20EOR-217

Location – Eora (Sound Production)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23 Hours per week


16 Weeks

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

Course Details

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 theory and practical course work you will learn:

  • Music software for music creation
  • Microphones and mixing consoles
  • Music software for editing
  • Mixing techniques
  • Audio theory
  • Copyright
  • Work, health and safety


Develop the attributes and soft skills needed to get ahead:

  • A passion to practise and improve
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • An ability to seek constructive feedback
  • The skill to collaborate and work as part of team


Completing this course will provide you with:

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

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Music producer
  • Post production editor
  • Project collaborator


Advance your career with our TAFE NSW music study pathway:

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


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

However, music is more than economic statistics. Music 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 sound for generations to come.

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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can create the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the music 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, it is recommended that you have:

  • Experience using a PC or Mac computer
  • Some experience with computer-based recording software such as Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, Cubase or similar

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


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
Wednesday 22 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment
Thursday 23 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment

Please contact campus for more information on 131 601.


This is a Full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 16 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3.2 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, assignment preparation and music listening.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Want to learn about audio engineering and sound production. This course will provide you with the right tools to start or further your music and sound career. You will get the necessary skills to give you a great introduction and understanding of the music business, as well as learning electronic music production, participating in recording studio sessions, and learning mixing, editing, recording, and audio theory.
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This course is taught, primarily, face to face on campus, with some classes offered via online delivery. If there are restrictions due to Covid-19, we are prepared to run classes online with live teachers using interactive webinars. We did that successfully during lockdown recently, and students found it to be effective and highly social. So regardless of the situation, we can help you get the skills and career potential that you are after. Additional online Friday sessions available for support and computer access.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • additional support for this course is available.

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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled online Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 09:00am to 04:00pm. 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?


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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
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMCP303 Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media
CUASOU202 Perform basic sound editing
CUASOU307 Record and mix a basic music demo
CUASOU311 Mix music in a studio environment
CUASOU201 Develop basic audio skills and knowledge
ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces

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

333 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Phone 131 601

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