Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

National Code: CUA40415
TAFE SA Code: TP00980


Learn a broad range of practical technician skills including setting up, operating and maintaining lighting, sound, vision and presentation equipment.

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Up to 24 months 

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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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 24 month course
$909 - $2,095
$1,817 - $4,189
$493 - $1,136
$986 - $2,272

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.

    • Applicants with limited or no underpinning knowledge and skills will commence at a lower level and normal fees will apply. Please contact the program area at arts.adl@tafesa.edu.au for further information.
  • 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

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a range of technical production jobs in the entertainment industry.

    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 IV in Live Production and Technical Services (CUA40415)
    This course prepares you for a career in the entertainment, performing arts, concert, film production, festivals and events industries.
    You can choose one of the following study streams:

    • construction (props, set, scenic art), design (props, set, scenic art, costume, and design), stage management (audio/sound, lighting, staging, props, stage management) and technical (audio/sound, lighting, and staging).
      To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 11 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
    Collaborate in a creative process 40
    Contribute to the organisation of productions 50
    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 60
    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 30
    Undertake live audio operations 100
    Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
    Use casting and moulding techniques to make props 50
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