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Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production (Level 4)


Graduates of the Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production (Level 4) are able to apply skills and knowledge to be competent to:

  • work effectively as part of a professional live sound team
  • work effectively as part of a lighting and associated event production team
  • communicate effectively with music industry professionals
  • apply a range of skills to participate in the Entertainment Industry
  • apply a range of directed and self-directed skills in live sound, lighting and event production
  • progress into further training at Level 5


Students will learn the technical and practical skills involved in setting up and operating a wide variety of sound and lighting equipment. They will work with industry professionals setting up performance stages for actual concerts and gigs. Subjects covered in the programme include

  • Sound Wave Theory
  • Microphones
  • Mixing Consoles and Equalisation
  • Signal Processing
  • DJ Mixing
  • Front of House Mixing
  • Monitor Mixing
  • Lighting Desks and Lighting Technology
  • Audio Visual Technology
  • Scaffolding and Rigging
  • Theming and Set Design
  • Tour and Event Management

and much more.


Work as a live sound engineer, stage technician, AV technician, lighting operator, or as a member of a production crew.


  1. By interview or similar
  2. English Language: IELTS (Academic Test) 5.5, no bands under 5.0, or equivalent. 

Course Level

Course Level Certificate - Level 4, 5, 6 or 7
Study Type Full Time
Region Auckland
Duration One year
Intakes 20 July
Tuition Fee $18,000 (or if enrol 2 years then $19,500 first year + $10,000 second year)
Other Study Costs $200 (Tai Poutini Polytechnic pays for Medical/Travel Insurance for their International Students)
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