Certificate IV in Music - CUA40920

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in music performance, music creation and composition, sound production, or music business contexts. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include singer/songwriter, music marketing and promotions officer, sound recordist, sound technician, booking agent (music) and musician.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerationsNational Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk WorkThe 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:CPCCLDG3001 Licence to perform doggingCPCCLRG3001 Licence to perform rigging basic levelCPCCLRG3002 Licence to perform rigging intermediate levelCPCCLRG4001 Licence to perform rigging advanced level.National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction WorkSets 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 CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry from the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement. Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Coordinate sound recording operations on location
  • Implement customer service strategies
  • Record sound on location
  • Create simple musical compositions
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Manage media assets
  • Design and produce complex spreadsheets
  • Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • Obtain revenue to support operations
  • Lead effective workplace relationships
  • Manage audio input sources
  • Author interactive media
  • Perform music as a soloist
  • Analyse basic harmony functions
  • Develop and apply instrumental techniques
  • Administer artists' royalty income
  • Develop performance techniques on a second instrument
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Develop techniques for arranging music
  • Record and mix basic music demos
  • Manage installation of lighting systems
  • Perform music as part of a group
  • Create simple musical pieces using music technology
  • Compose musical pieces
  • Manage distribution of music and associated products
  • Report on financial activity
  • Develop and apply stagecraft skills
  • Investigate business opportunities
  • Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
  • Perform basic sound editing
  • Licence to perform dogging
  • Administer music publishing income
  • Perform music from written notation
  • Develop vocal techniques
  • Conduct research
  • Licence to perform rigging advanced level
  • Integrate disability access and inclusion
  • Write song lyrics
  • Develop and apply aural perception skills
  • Assess marketing opportunities
  • Edit sound
  • Research and develop business plans
  • Coordinate production of brochures and marketing materials
  • Develop a social media strategy
  • Design and produce complex text documents
  • Perform music using digital media
  • Research international markets
  • Manage feedback on creative practice
  • Manage lighting operations for outdoor events
  • Plan finances for new business ventures
  • Apply project time management techniques
  • Prepare audio assets
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Operate sound reinforcement systems
  • Manage licensing and assignment of works
  • Mix audio for live productions
  • Record sound
  • Edit dialogue
  • Design user interfaces
  • Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry
  • Create user interfaces
  • Communicate with influence
  • Undertake live audio operations
  • Collaborate in creative processes
  • Mix music in studio environments
  • Apply business risk management processes
  • Build and maintain business relationships
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • Undertake marketing activities
  • Promote products and services to international markets
  • Write about music
  • Coordinate touring arrangements
  • Notate music for performance
  • Provide freelance services
  • Rehearse music for group performances
  • Mix recorded music
  • Licence to perform rigging basic level
  • Develop and implement sound plans
  • Market new business ventures
  • Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
  • Generate design solutions
  • Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety
  • Develop and apply knowledge of audio theory
  • Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
  • Reproduce sound for post-production

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Fairfield International: $9,300 Yes
  • Full-time : 16 weeks
  • Part-time : 32 weeks

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