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Vocational Education & Training

CUA40415 Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services


Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

This qualification reflects skills and knowledge applicable to digital media and screen productions.
Students learn skills and develop knowledge across a range of industry contexts. They begin to apply solutions to a defined set of problems, learning to analyse and evaluate situation specific challenges. Students may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Performing Arts Technicians Nfd

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a range of technical production jobs in creative arts industry environments. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyses and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as CUA40415 include:

  • Stage Manager
  • Audio visual installation technician
  • Audio visual technician
  • Lighting technician and/or operator
  • Venue technician
  • Production technician
  • Production Manager

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline. <br />

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CUA40415 Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services candidates are required:

  • To have completed CUAWHS302 Follow occupational health and safety procedures or can demonstrate equivalence (additional training will be provided to candidates to ensure equivalency); and
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry will be completed prior to commencement of the qualification as part of the delivery. This unit is a prerequisite to CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights.

Can demonstrate technical production skills in at least one specialisation that supports learning at a Certificate IV level. A specialisation could comprise skills in at least one of the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Lighting
  • Performing Arts
  • Screen and Media
  • Sound
  • Staging
  • Vision systems
  • Theatre
  • Music Technology

In particular, they must be able to provide evidence of their ability to:

  • produce a body of work demonstrating the ability to respond effectively to workplace requirements associated with at least one specialisation in line with current industry standards;
  • apply a basic knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one specialisation in technical production; and
  • apply technical skills in at least one specialisation

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study. All prerequisite qualifications and experience will be assessed at a pre-enrolment interview.

Infection control, including COVID-19 measures and the associated restrictions, have been implemented to ensure the safety and well-being of students, lecturing staff and the wider community.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.

  • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package.

  • Employability skills

    Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

    Location and study mode

    Delivery is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Casuarina

    Study Mode: Online, and face-to-face

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve CUA40415 Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services, a total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be completed comprising five (5) core and eleven (11) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
 BSBCRT402  Collaborate in a creative process 40
 BSBLDR403  Lead team effectiveness 50
 CPCCOHS1001A  Work safely in the construction industry 6
 CUAPPM401  Contribute to the organisation of productions 50
 CUAIND403  Communicate effectively with arts professionals 50
  Total nominal hours for core units 176
 BSBWHS404  Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control 60
 CUASOU402  Manage audio input sources 45
 CUASOU401  Mix live audio 140
 CUALGT403  Set up and operate lighting cues and effects 30
 CUALGT402  Implement lighting designs 50
 CUAVSS401  Operate complex vision systems 90
 CUAPPM402  Coordinate production operations 90
 CUASTA401  Operate show control systems 50
 CUASTA403  Operate flying systems 50
CPCCCM201B* Work safely at heights 8
TLILIC2005A  Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) 30
  Total nominal hours for elective units 583
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 819

 * Pre-requisite CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 Indicative fees for this course:
VET Tuition Fees: $2,502.50 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
Domestic Full Fees: $12,155.00 (for domestic full fee places).
Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.

International Students

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