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

Job roles 

  • composer
  • instrumentalist
  • vocalist.

Pathways Information

Qualification pathways 

Pathways into the qualification

  • Certificate IV qualification in music, e.g. CUS40109 Certificate IV in Music
  • extensive vocational experience in music practice. 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit. 

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the music industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • obtaining and interpreting information to ensure currency of work practice
  • sharing industry information with colleagues and peers
  • consulting with staff and promoting a safe workplace
  • negotiating deals and achieving agreed outcomes
  • interpreting the needs and rights of relevant parties


  • working effectively in a team and acknowledging cultural protocols
  • working with relevant parties when negotiating deals
  • working cooperatively with other performers and music personnel
  • discussing program requirements in a collaborative manner


  • analysing relevant workplace data in order to identify hazards, and to assess and control risks
  • dealing with complex and non-routine difficulties
  • interpreting relevant legislation to complete copyright documentation
  • solving problems arising from negotiating deals
  • establishing and maintaining personal financial and work recordkeeping systems
  • developing personal budgets and monitoring income and expenditure against budgets

Initiative and enterprise

  • interpreting musical structures and elements to enhance musical outcomes in performance
  • interpreting creative work from written notation
  • interpreting expression and stylistic conventions from written music
  • recovering errors with minimal disruption to performance
  • achieving own individual style of musical expression

Planning and organising

  • monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
  • planning work tasks in a logical sequence
  • setting work and practice goals
  • researching information on musical styles, elements and forms or structures
  • preparing and circulating personal portfolios to potential clients or employers
  • planning for contingencies


  • working to personal goals
  • preparing self for performance
  • seeking expert assistance when problems arise
  • maintaining an appropriate standard of personal presentation in an audition context
  • demonstrating reliability in all agreed work commitments


  • identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
  • seeking feedback and integrating constructive advice into own professional practice
  • practising strategically to overcome specific technical, expressive or sound-production problems
  • using feedback to identify strengths and weaknesses in technique to improve own technical facility
  • extending appropriate repertoire knowledge


  • storing and retrieving relevant workplace data
  • using documentation systems for preparing formal contracts and recording and storing copyright agreements
  • discriminating and adjusting pitch to produce the required sound
  • producing planned sound consistently across a wide dynamic range


Packaging Rules

Total number of units  = 16 

3 core units ,

7 Group A units 

6 elective units 


3 elective units  must be selected from the Group A  and/or Group B units  listed below.


The remaining 3 elective units  may be selected from the Group A  and Group B units  listed below or any unit of competency from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

No more than 3 Group A or Group B units  previously achieved as part of another qualification may be counted towards the qualification. Electives must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and be at an appropriate qualification level.

Core Units (Mandatory Modules)

CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures

CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements

CUSIND501A Apply music knowledge and artistic judgement


7 Group A units & 6 elective units

Music performance (Performance)

CUSMPF406A  Perform music as a soloist

CUSMPF503A  Perform accompaniment

CUSMPF506A  Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

CUSMPF508A  Provide musical leadership in performance

Music literacy (Musicianship)

CUSMLT403A  Analyse functional harmony

CUSMLT402A  Articulate ideas about music

CUSMLT501A  Refine aural-perception skills

Music composition (Orchestration)

CUSMCP402A  Develop techniques for composing music

CUSMCP502A  Compose music for screen

Audio /sound (Music Technology)

CUSSOU401A  Record sound

Learning and development (Instrumental Teaching)

CUSLED501A  Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

TAEDES502A  Design and develop learning resources

Information management and research (History)

CUVRES501A Critique cultural work(s)