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Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

  • National Course Code: CUA50415
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50415-01V03-21NIR-203

Location – Nirimba


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

24.2 Hours per week


36 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services strengthens your practical skills to take your production career further. Get set for a senior role behind the scenes in festivals, theatres and events, and learn to collaborate with performers and production crew.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A hardworking and diligent attitude
  • Commitment to the success of the production
  • The ability to give and take direction effectively
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Time management
  • Creativity and problem solving skills


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

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


Take your career further with the:

  • 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This course is superseded.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.


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

  • That you can demonstrate technical production skills and the ability to develop solutions in at least one of the following areas through a portfolio of work: costume, lighting, scenery and props, screen and media, sound, stage management, staging or vision systems
  • That you have completed CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices and can provide a transcript as evidence, or you can demonstrate equivalent non-accredited experience through a copy of your qualifications or a letter from your employer

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


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

  • Completed the Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services, or you have equivalent industry experience
  • Knowledge of basic lighting, vision and audio systems
  • Some knowledge of live production-related theory
  • An ability to perform creative manual work, which can include lifting and carrying
  • Confidence working 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, it requires an application. To be offered a place in this qualification,individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills in either costume, lighting, scenery and props, screen and media, sound, stage management, staging or vision systems.

After applying for this course, TAFE will contact you with information about how you can provide us with the information we need to determine your suitability for this course. All applicants must submit a current resume that clearly shows live production work plus an accompanying cover letter explaining how this course relates to your career goals.


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 17.4 hours of class, 4 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, skills practice, voluntary work in related areas, networking and other related entertainment industry activities.


Students entering this course typically have a keen interest in the technology used to support live performance. It covers skills in using audio, video and lighting technology for live performance. It also covers introductory entertainment industry and basic business skills.

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills in either costume, lighting, scenery and props, screen and media, sound, stage management, staging or vision systems at a level equivalent to a Certificate 3 level qualification. It is aimed at people who can read, write and communicate effectively in English.

Course work includes lifting, carrying and connecting live production equipment.


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 (11 am-4.15 pm); Tuesday (9.30 am-4.15 pm); Wednesday (9.30 am-6 pm) and Thursday (11 am-6 pm). 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.


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.

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
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
UEENEEP026A Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
CUAVSS502 Implement vision system designs
CUASOU501 Manage audio operations for outdoor events
CUALGT502 Manage installation of lighting systems
CUALGT503 Manage lighting operations for outdoor events
CUAPOS402 Manage media assets
CUASTA502 Manage show control operations
CUAPPM501 Manage small-scale live productions
CUASOU502 Manage the operation of stage monitor systems
CUASOU404 Manage wireless audio operations
CUASOU401 Mix live audio
CUALGT401 Operate complex lighting
CUAVSS401 Operate complex vision systems
CUALGT501 Realise lighting designs
CUAPPM502 Realise productions

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

Eastern Road, Quakers Hill
Phone 131 601

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