Qualification Description


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context in the music industry, using some discretion and judgement and theoretical knowledge. They may provide support to a team.

Job roles 

  • Assistant Sound Technician (Radio),
  • Assistant Music Manager,
  • Band Member,
  • Sound Assistant 

Pathways Information

Qualification pathways 

Pathways into the qualification

  • CUS20615 Certificate II in Music Industry
  • with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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 = 11 

4 core units  plus

7 elective units  of which:

  • 5 units must be selected from the electives listed below, with no more than 2 units from

Group D

  • 2 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate II, III or IV.

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

  • For specialisation in Performance, 4 elective units must be selected from Group A.
  • For specialisation in Sound Production, 4 elective units must be selected from Group B.
  • For specialisation in Music Business, 4 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 

BSBWHS201  Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUACMP301  Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND303   Work effectively in the music industry
CUAMLT302  Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice

Group A & B units  (specialist )

Music composition 

CUSMCP301  Compose simple songs or musical pieces

Music literacy 

CUAMLT301  Develop and apply aural-perception skills

Music performance 

CUAMPF203  Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing music
CUAMPF301  Develop technical skills in performance
CUAMPF302  Prepare for performances

Audio / Sound 

CUASOU302  Compile and replay audio material
CUASOU307  Record and mix a basic music demo

This unit assesses the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake the technical side of making a basic music demo.

There are two stages to the process – first making a multi-track recording of the music performance and then mixing the recording down to a stereo format. An ability to work collaboratively with musicians is essential, together with an ability to troubleshoot equipment problems.

The skills and knowledge assessed in this unit would typically be applied in a home-based studio equipped with a digital audio workstation (DAW).

) presentation to the class as their performance.

and 3 minutes.

This Unit would normally be clustered with CUAMPF203 – “Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing music”.  As the student rehearsed on their own instrument and with the other students in the band, the teacher would observe that students were progressing in their knowledge and skills.

Additionally, students should develop a repertoire of music for their own performance and not be restricted to rehearsing for the 3 x 10 minute presentations with the band.  Rehearsal should take into account development of technical and artistic skills associated with the specific instrument or voice.


This assessment task requires students to undertake selection of suitable audition material, rehearsal time to develop technical skills and a simulated audition.

Students will be required to perform on three separate occasions for this task.

For this assessment task, students are required to demonstrate competency in playing in a group over a period of time on multiple occasions.  The group may specialise in a particular style of music or may prefer to perform across multiple styles.

Students must present their work as a member of a group.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to aurally recognise simple structures and components of music and to discuss these with peers and other industry personnel.

Students need to be able to demonstrate the ability to hear and recognise simple music structures accurately, adhere to the conventions of music language and terminology within selected styles.

The process of composition involves an understanding of musical styles and conventions and how and when to apply these. Alternatively, students may wish to experiment with adapting styles to create a more original-sounding song or musical piece.

It is suggested that students use the options provided as a starting point.

This assessment task requires students to undertake a listening journal and a research activity of a number of artists and/or compositions. The skills learned are then applied to the students’ own industry practice. The teacher will assess each student’s class workbook, review their artist research and observe the implementation of musical elements from songs reviewed.CUAMPF402 Develop and maintain stagecraft skills

CUASOU311 Mix music in a studio environment

and personal development along with knowledge of the selected work area of the music industry.

The student’s band is recording an album that contains both original and an interpretation of a song written and recorded previously by another artist. This task requires students to identify the copyright regulations as they pertain to the music industry and demonstrate an understanding of the legal obligation of the copyright laws.