Offering Info

Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

  • National Course Code: CUA50415
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50415-01V03-21NEW-149

Location – Newcastle

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

16 Hours per week


27 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services will strengthen your production skills to take your career further in this exciting growth industry. Get set for a senior role behind the scenes in festivals, gigs, theatre and events, and learn how to effectively collaborate with musicians, performers and your production crew.


Through theory and live events, you will learn to:

  • Manage bump-in and bump-out of shows
  • Stage manage productions and events
  • Mix live audio front of house
  • Operate monitor systems and wireless audio
  • Design lighting for live performance
  • Lighting and vision design


Make your mark in Live Production with these essential soft skills:

  • Diligence and hard work
  • The ability to give and take direction
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Meet tight deadlines
  • Creativity and problem solving


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at diploma level

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Front of house mix engineer
  • Monitor engineering
  • Stage technician
  • Lighting designer
  • Lighting operator


Go on to further study with a TAFE NSW live production pathway.

You can build on the skills and knowledge you gain in the diploma with the Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services.


The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services appears on the NSW Skills List as a qualification that meets the diverse needs of NSW employers.

According to the peak industry body, Live Performance Australia (LPA), in 2018 over 26 million tickets were issued to live performance events in Australia, generating a total ticket sales revenue of almost $2.2 billion. Live events are a growth area with an increase in 66% over the 10 years to 2018.

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.


To be eligible for this course you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • You have completed the unit CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices or demonstrate equivalence

To be considered for a place in this course, you will need to provide a portfolio of evidence of the following:

  • Technical skills in either costume, lighting, scenery and props, screen and media, sound, stage management, staging or vision systems

And, the ability to develop solutions in at least one technical area:

  • Trends and traditions in at least one technical area
  • An effective response to workplace challenges and requirements to current industry standards

Your skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.


In order to succeed in this course, we recommend that you have completed the Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services, or you have equivalent industry experience.

It is also recommended that you have knowledge in:

  • Basic lighting and vision systems
  • Basic audio systems
  • Live production-related theory

And, have the ability to lift heavy equipment and work at heights.

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

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work
Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007). Achievement of the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement.


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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have the following qualifications or industry experience:

  • CUA30415 Certificate III Live Production and Services, or
  • A minimum of +2 years' experience in Event Presentation or Production, without a relevant lower level qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To attend classes 2 days per week.
  • To complete a minimum of 10 hours of assessment work per week.
  • To participate in some industry engagement per week; this may include researching emerging technologies, going to events and festivals and participating in a range of independent creative projects.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


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
Online - Wednesday, 13, 20 and 27 January 2021 12.30pm to 1.30pm Online using Microsoft Teams via the Google Chrome browser
Online - Friday, 15, 22 and 29 January 2021 12.30pm to 1.30pm Online using Microsoft Teams via the Google Chrome browser
Campus - Friday, 15, 22 and 29 January 2021 10.30am to 12.00pm Newcastle TAFE Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 5 (D1.05)

For Online Information Sessions please use Google Chrome to access Microsoft Teams as a guest.


This is a full-time day course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 27 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 14.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including researching emerging technologies, going to events and festivals and participating in a range of independent creative projects.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • want to work in the creative industries and refine skills in back-stage production, venue services and production management; focus on a technical area of specialisation (audio, lighting, costumes); apply skills across a range of project through planning, delivering and managing a final event; be trained to plan rehearsals, events and shows, as required of a manager in the live production area.

Students will be engaged in a combination of online learning for the compulsory theory components of the course and on-campus classes for all practical learning. With the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions continuing in Newcastle, we can ensure that you will be on-campus for 80% of your training.


TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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 on Thursday and Friday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. 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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPPM504 Manage bump in and bump out of shows
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAINN501 Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements
CUASMT503 Develop and maintain production documents
FNSORG501 Develop and manage a budget
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
SITEEVT008 Manage event staging components
CUAPPM501 Manage small-scale live productions
CUAPPM502 Realise productions
CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
CUASMT501 Stage manage productions and events

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

Lighting technician, Sound technician, Stage manager.

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

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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