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Entertainment Industry

Public Schools NSW, Ultimo    Registered Training Organisation 90072

This may change due to Training Package and NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) updates.
Notification of variations will be made in due time.

Course: Entertainment Industry
2 or 4 Preliminary and/or HSC units in total
Board Developed Course
Category B for Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)


This course is accredited for the HSC and provides students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational training. This is known as dual accreditation.

CUA30420 Certificate III in Live Production and Services

Based on CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package

Version 5.1 (CUA 5.1)


Units of Competency


CUAIND311      Work effectively in the creative arts industry

CUAIND314     Plan a career in the creative arts industry



CPCCWHS1001     Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

CUAWHS312         Apply work health and safety practices

CUASOU331         Undertake live audio operations

CUALGT311          Operate basic lighting

CUASTA212          Assist with bump in and bump out of shows

SITXCCS006        Provide service to customers

CUASOU306       Operate sound reinforcement systems

CUAVSS312         Operate vision systems

CUASTA311         Assist with production operations for live performances

CUASMT311 Work effectively backstage during performances

Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and /or credit transfer provided suitable evidence is submitted.

Recommended Entry Requirements

Students selecting this course should be interested in working on the technical production operations of the Entertainment Industry. The course is not about performance and entertaining others. Students will study Audio, Customer Service, Lighting, Safety, Staging, Vision and working in the Entertainment Industry and workplace. Students should be able to lift and carry equipment for a successful bump in and bump out, work safely, follow direct instructions form their teacher/supervisor, work with others and communicate clearly. There will be out of class homework, research activities and cluster based assessments to complete. Students studying this course would benefit further from working on events outside of the school environment and not just within. Some events that students work on could be outside of normal school hours.

Examples of occupations in the hospitality industry:

  • Sales/Merchandising Assistant
  • Box Office Assistant
  • Stage Manager
  • Front of House Assistant
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Cinema Projectionist
  • Props Designer
  • Event Assistant
  • Technical Assist
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Venue Manager

Mandatory HSC Course Requirements   Students must complete 240 indicative hours of course work and a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Students who do not meet these requirements will be `N` determined as required by NESA. The SafeWork NSW General Induction Training - (White Card) is a mandatory requirement before commencing work placement.

External Assessment (optional HSC examination for ATAR purposes)

The Higher School Certificate examination for Hospitality Food and Beverage is only available after completion of 240 indicative hours and will involve a written examination consisting of multiple-choice items, short answers and extended response items. The examination is independent of the competency-based assessment undertaken during the course and has no impact on the eligibility of a student to receive a vocational qualification.

Competency-Based Assessment

Students in this course work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of competency listed above. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor the competency requirements for performance and knowledge of the units/s of competency.


Appeals and Complaints

Students may lodge a complaint or an appeal about a decision (including assessment decisions) through the VET teacher.

Course Costs:  Subject Fees $  120 

Refund Arrangements on a pro-rata basis                        Please see your VET teacher to enquire about financial assistance

A school-based traineeship and apprenticeship are available in this course, for more information: http://www.sbatinnsw.info/

Exclusions - VET course exclusions can be checked on the  NESA  website at http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/vet/course-exclusions