Certificate III in Live Production and Services

CRICOS Code: 090377K
National Code: CUA30415


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

Duration (incl. holidays)
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26 weeks
20 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent.

Course Notes

  • Students will typically complete the package of Certificate III in Live Production & Services, the Certificate IV and Diploma in Live Production & Technical Services for a total duration of 3 years.
  • Students will select from the following study streams during the first week of classes and counselling:
    - Construction & Design
    - Stage Management
    - Technical
  • Students will work collaboratively in both their studies and productions with TAFE SA dance, acting and other creative arts students.
  • Included in the Live Production courses and course costs is the unit 'Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry' commonly known as White Card.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7200
AUD $150*
Fee Totals
AUD $7200
AUD $150*
Total Course Cost
AUD $7350

* Students will need to purchase tools and workwear at a cost of approximately A$150. Cost will depend on the study stream chosen by the student.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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