Qualification Description


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in music performance, sound production or music business contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse 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.

Job roles 

  • Singer/Songwriter,
  • Music Marketing and Promotions Officer,
  • Sound Recordist,
  • Sound Technician,
  • Booking Agent (Music),
  • Musician 

Pathways Information

Qualification pathways 

Pathways into the qualification

  • CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry, or
  • with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification. 

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 = 14 

4 core units  plus

10 elective units  of which:

  • 8 units must be selected from the electives listed below, with no more than 3 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 III, IV or 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 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 

BSBCRT401   Articulate, present and debate ideas
BSBIPR401    Use and respect copyright
BSBSMB301   Investigate micro-business opportunities
CUAWHS302  Apply work health and safety practices

Group A units  (specialist )

Music composition 

CUAMCP303  Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media
CUAMCP302  Write song lyrics

Music literacy 

CUAMLT303  Notate music
CUAMLT401  Notate music for performance

Music performance 

CUSMPF402  Develop and maintain stagecraft skills
CUSMPF404  Perform music as part of a group
CUSMPF405  Develop instrumental techniques
CUSMPF407  Develop vocal techniques
CUSMPF410  Perform music from written notation

Audio / Sound 

CUAMPF304  Make a music demo

Information management and research (History) 

CUARES402  Conduct research