Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

CRICOS Code: 090378J
National Code: CUA40415


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

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52 weeks
40 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 the Certificate III in Live Production & Services or equivalent.
  • Other entry: Successful completion of CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures (a unit within the Certificate III in Live Production & Services) or equivalence. This topic can be studied concurrently with the Certificate IV for approximately A$100.

Work Placement Duration:   100 hours

Students will undertake 4 weeks (or more) of full-time placement in on-campus productions.

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 continue in the elected streams as chosen in the Certificate III:
    - 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 a White Card.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7200
AUD $150*
Semester 2
AUD $7200
Fee Totals
AUD $14400
AUD $150*
Total Course Cost
AUD $14550

* Students will need to purchase tools and work wear at a cost of approximately A$150. Cost will depend on the study stream chosen by the student. For students who have not completed the unit CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures (a unit within the Certificate III in Live Production & Services) or equivalent there will be an additional cost of approximately A$100.

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

    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.

    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
    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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