Certificate IV in Music (Sound Production)

National Code: CUA40920
TAFE SA Code: TP01211


If you’re keen to work in the music industry, your career starts here. Become a professional sound mixer, technician, or studio engineer. Learn how to operate the latest in sound equipment for streaming, web distribution, TV, radio, film, video productions and live performance. Develop your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills as you study in our industry-standard facilities. You’ll get hands-on experience and graduate with a solid skill base and the underpinning knowledge to confidently take the next steps towards building a career in the music industry. Learn from experienced music professionals and you’ll be getting a nationally recognised qualification and valuable industry contacts.

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6 months 

Full Time

Music Professionals

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Wednesday 12 June 2024, 6.15pm Adelaide College of the Arts, Meet on level 1 foyer

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements

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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those interested in working in sound production.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Up to 5 days a week with a combination of on-campus and online learning.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need:

  • intermediate computer skills
  • good communication, collaboration and teamwork skills
  • to be interested in working with people
  • to have a reasonable level of fitness for manual handling.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$90.00 (approximately) subscription to AVID Learning Central.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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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.

  • 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 who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. Job role titles may include: Musician; Singer-Songwriter, Band Member.

    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 Music (Sound Production) (CUA40920)
    Designed to provide comprehensive training for developing musicians wishing to build a strong foundation in all aspects of the music industry. Key areas include musicianship, aural, improvisation, music technology, music business, performance workshops and performance skills. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 10 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
    Implement copyright arrangements 20
    Investigate business opportunities 25
    Manage feedback on creative practice 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist with production operations for live performances 90
    Create simple musical pieces using music technology 35
    Edit dialogue 40
    Edit sound 65
    Install and disassemble audio equipment 40
    Manage audio input sources 30
    Perform basic sound editing 30
    Record and mix basic music demos 40
    Record sound on location 35
    Undertake live audio operations 100
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