Diploma of music industry

Qualification Description


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work, and/or that of a team, in their chosen field in the music industry.

Job roles 

  • Music Researcher,
  • Music/Artist Manager,
  • Music Promoter,
  • Sound Designer,
  • Musician,
  • Vocalist/Singer,
  • Composer,
  • Music Producer,
  • Instrumentalist,
  • Music Publisher,
  • Band Leader 

Pathways Information

Qualification pathways 

Pathways into the qualification

  • Certificate IV qualification in music industry, e.g. CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry
  • extensive vocational experience in music practice. 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work 

The National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work applies to persons performing dogging and rigging work. Completion of the following units is required for certification at either basic, intermediate or advanced levels:

  • CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
  • CPCCLRG3001A Licence to perform rigging basic level
  • CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
  • CPCCLRG4001A Licence to perform rigging advanced level.

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work 

Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007). Achievement of the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement.


Entry Requirements


Packaging Rules

Total number of units  = 17 

4 core units plus

13 elective units of which:


  • 9 units must be selected from the electives listed below, with no more than 3 units from Group D
  • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

This qualification can provide for specialisations. To achieve these specialisations, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to.

  • For specialisation in Performance, 6 elective units must be selected from Group A.
  • For specialisation in Composition, 6 elective units must be selected from Group A and include a minimum of 4 CUAMCP units.
  • For specialisation in Sound Production, 6 elective units must be selected from Group B.
  • For specialisation in Music Business, 6 elective units must be selected from Group C.

Refer to the Implementation Guide for details about choosing electives to support specialisations.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.


Core Units (Mandatory Modules)

BSBCRT501  Originate and develop concepts
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAIND402   Provide freelance services
CUAPPR505  Establish and maintain safe creative practice


13 Elective units

Music performance (Performance)

Learning and Development

CUALED501  Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

TAEDES502  Design and develop learning resources

Music Performance - Solo/Ensemble/Choir 

CUAMPF406  Perform music as a soloist 

CUAMPF505  Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

CUAMPF503  Perform accompaniment

CUAMPF507 Provide musical leadership in performance

Music literacy (Musicianship)

CUAMLT501  Refine aural-perception skills

CUAMLT402  Articulate ideas about music

CUAMLT403  Analyse functional harmony

Music composition (Orchestration)

CUAMCP402  Develop techniques for composing music

CUAMCP502  Compose music for screen

Audio /sound (Music Technology)

CUASOU405  Record sound

Information management and research (History)

CUARES502 Critique cultural works