Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching

This qualification reflects the role of a person working in a varied context in the private dance teaching industry, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

Job roles

Possible job title relevant to this qualification includes:

assistant dance teacher (5-10 year olds in a private dance studio).


Total number of units = 12

8 core units plus

4 elective units

Of the elective units:

4 may be from the list of elective units below

up to 3 may be from a Certificate III in any endorsed Training Package

up to 2 may be from a Certificate III in any accredited course

1 may be from a Certificate II or IV in any endorsed Training Package.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units

add topic BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

add topic CHCCHILD301A Support behaviour of children and young people

add topic CUADLT301A Develop basic dance analysis skills

add topic CUADTM301A Assist with teaching dance

add topic CUAOHS403A Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development

add topic CUSMLT201A Develop and apply musical ideas and listening skills

add topic HLTFA301B Apply first aid

add topic SISCCRO302A Apply legal and ethical instructional skills

Elective units


add topic CUACHR301A Develop basic dance composition skills


add topic CUADAN304A Develop dance improvisational skills

Production management

add topic CUAPPM301A Assist with designing performance spaces

add topic CUASTA301A Assist with production operations for live performances


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBIND301A Work effectively in an educational environment

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CUSIND302A Plan a career in the creative arts industry

add topic CUVRES301A Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice

add topic SISFFIT309A Plan and deliver group exercise sessions

add topic SISFFIT311A Deliver approved community fitness programs

add topic TAEASS301A Contribute to assessment

Selecting electives for different outcomes

The following example is designed to assist in the selection of appropriate electives for particular outcomes at this level, but it is in no way prescriptive.

Assistant dance teacher (5-10 year olds in a private dance studio)

Core units plus:

add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBIND301A Work effectively in an educational environment

add topic CUACHR301A Develop basic dance composition skills

add topic CUADTM411A Teach basic dance technique


    Candidates may enter the qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification. However, completion of CUA30111 Certificate III in Dance or evidence of competencies equivalent to CUA30111 is desirable.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the creative industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


reading and understanding sources of information about anatomy and nutrition

communicating effectively and constructively with people from different cultural backgrounds and with differing levels of ability

presenting confidently in teaching situations

conveying information and instructions in classes

completing workplace documentation


working constructively with teachers and mentors

sharing industry information with colleagues and peers


planning work tasks in a logical sequence

identifying behavioural issues with learners and taking action within own level of responsibility

identifying and responding to situations that require the application of first aid

Initiative and enterprise

interpreting music elements and structures

adapting teaching style to suit target group

Planning and organising

prioritising work tasks and establishing deadlines


monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance

prioritising work tasks and working within deadlines

demonstrating reliability in all agreed work commitments

complying with OHS requirements in the workplace


developing knowledge of dance styles and genres

providing dance instruction under supervision

applying ethical instructional principles to teaching activities

responding appropriately to constructive feedback on own performance in a teaching role


storing and retrieving information

using the internet to access information