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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