Certificate IV Program in Stage Management

TAFE SA Code: CP00229

Incorporating: Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (CUA40415)


This course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to source and run props for shows, to help organise and manage a rehearsal room, to take on leadership roles and the skills required to block, plot and call shows.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III in Live Production and Services
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Assistant stage manager, production assistant, staging technician.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Skills Covered

    Certificate IV Program in Stage Management
    This course builds on the basic Stage Management and Technical skills gained within the Certificate III in Live Production and Services. This is done through both classwork and immersive participation on several collaborative productions with other performing arts students. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 11 elective units.


    Successful completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications:

    Qualification TAFE SA Code National Code
    Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services TP00980 CUA40415

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collaborate in a Creative Process 40
    Communicate Effectively With Arts Professionals 30
    Contribute to the Organisation of Productions 45
    Lead Team Effectiveness 50
    Work Safely in the Construction Industry 6


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist in Stage Managing Creative Rehearsals 55
    Assist in Stage Managing Performances 55
    Call Performances 100
    Contribute to WHS Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control 60
    Coordinate Production Operations 45
    Coordinate Props 70
    Create 3D Digital Models 75
    Create Special Effects for Scenic Art 60
    Develop and Implement Production Work Plans 68
    Experiment With Techniques to Produce Wood Objects 50
    Generate Design Solutions 60
    Install and Uninstall Specialist Staging Equipment 80
    Interpret and Respond to a Design Brief 20
    Make a Presentation 30
    Make Costume Accessories 60
    Make Prop Furniture 100
    Make Props Using Mixed Media 50
    Make Scale Models 50
    Make Sets 35
    Manage Audio Input Sources 30
    Manage Wireless Audio Operations 40
    Operate Complex Vision Systems 90
    Operate Staging Elements 90
    Organise and Facilitate Rehearsals 30
    Produce Technical Drawings 50
    Set Up and Operate Lighting Cues and Effects 50
    Undertake Live Audio Operations 100
    Use Carpentry Tools and Equipment 96
    Use Casting and Moulding Techniques to Make Props 50
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