Certificate III in Live Production and Services

National Code: CUA30415
TAFE SA Code: TP00979


Gain entry level skills to work in a wide range of areas in the entertainment industry.

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Up to 12 months 

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Course Admission Requirements

If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$695 - $990
$1,389 - $1,979
$377 - $537
$754 - $1,074

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • 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

    Occupational outcomes may include: Assistant Stage Manager; Entry-level Design Assistant; Entry-level Props, Set, Scenic Art Workshop Assistant; Entry-level Audio, Lighting, Sound, 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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Live Production and Services (CUA30415)
    This qualification reflects the roles of Assistant Stage Managers, Design Assistants, Props, Set and Scenic Art Workshop Assistants and Audio/Sound, Lighting, and Staging Technicians.
    They apply a broad range of skills and knowledge in providing technical production and design services for the entertainment, performing arts, concert, film production, festivals and events industries.
    They are required to demonstrate good team skills, consistent performance, reliability and initiative within the scope of their role.
    They work collaboratively with a wide range of other creative and technical personnel under supervision of more experienced personnel.
    Study streams are:

    • Construction including Props, Set and Scenic Art units
    • Design including Props, Set, Scenic Art and Design units
    • Stage Management including Audio/Sound, Lighting, Staging, Props and Stage Management units
    • Technical Production including Audio/Sound, Lighting and Staging units.
      To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 9 elective units.

    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 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 units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply work health and safety practices 10
    Organise personal work priorities and development 30
    Participate in collaborate creative projects 50
    Provide service to customers 25
    Work effectively in the creative arts industry 50
    Work safely in the construction industry 6


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply art finishing 60
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Assemble and maintain props 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Develop and implement production work plans 68
    Develop basic audio skills and knowledge 40
    Develop basic lighting skills and knowledge 30
    Develop basic prop construction skills 20
    Develop basic skills in set construction 65
    Install and disassemble audio equipment 50
    Install staging elements 80
    Operate elevating work platform 40
    Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components 40
    Produce computer-aided drawings 50
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Undertake a basic construction project 40
    Use hand and power tools 40
    Use static machines 56
    Work effectively backstage during performances 100
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