Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

National Code: CUA40420
TAFE SA Code: TP01219


Begin your back-stage career in live performance, major events, and the creative arts industries with this nationally accredited course. You’ll develop the practical skills and technical expertise you need to work in lighting and sound, live production, broadcasting, and all aspects of the entertainment industry. Learn about set design and making, setting up audio and lighting equipment, prop making, scenic art, and stage-managing rehearsals for events and performances.

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12 months 

Full Time

Locations & Applications

Campus / Location
Study Mode
Study Load

Applicants are required to select one preference from the list below.

Technical Production 401
Stage management 402
Live Design 403

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Attendance is generally 5 days a week with some evenings.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will be working in industry standard theatres and will need to demonstrate appropriate task skills. You will complete a White Card licence course as you may be working at heights. 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
$120.00 approximately

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,418 - $1,613
$2,836 - $3,226
$873 - $993
$1,745 - $1,985
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$5,253 - $5,976
$10,506 - $11,951

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 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 (CUA40420)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a range of technical production jobs in creative arts industry environments. It applies to work in lighting and sound, music industry, entertainment customer service, entertainment technical operations, entertainment administration, staging, wardrobe, scenery and set construction, broadcasting production, live production and entertainment technical operations work environments. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 12 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.

    * 2021 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 creative processes 40
    Communicate effectively with arts professionals 30
    Contribute to organising productions 50
    Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist in stage managing and calling performances 150
    Assist in stage managing rehearsals 80
    Coordinate props 70
    Create special effects for scenic art 60
    Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects 50
    Install and disassemble audio equipment 40
    Install and test lighting equipment 30
    Install and test vision systems 55
    Install staging elements 80
    Make props using mixed media 50
    Make scale models 50
    Make sets 35
    Manage audio input sources 30
    Manage wireless audio operations 50
    Operate elevating work platform 40
    Organise and facilitate rehearsals 30
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
    Produce computer-aided drawings 60
    Produce technical drawings 50
    Set up and operate lighting cues and effects 50
    Use casting and moulding techniques to make props 50
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