This qualification reflects the role of performers working or aspiring to work in musical theatre and cabaret productions. At this level individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in a range of situations and to display initiative and judgement in planning activities. They have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.
Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
musical theatre performer
cabaret performer or producer.
Total number of units = 16
6 core units plus
10 elective units
The elective units consist of:
5 units from Group A
of the remaining units:
up to 5 may be from Group A and/or B
up to 2 may be from a Diploma in any endorsed Training Package or accredited course
1 may be from a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma in any endorsed Training Package.
The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
CUAOHS501A Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
CUSMPF602A Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
Candidates entering this qualification could be expected to demonstrate dance expertise through extensive vocational experience or in grades achieved in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels. It is recommended that registered training organisations (RTOs) liaise with relevant dance societies to determine certification level equivalence.
An audition or other form of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in vocal, dance and/or acting skills at Certificate IV level.
There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.
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.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification
obtaining and interpreting information to ensure currency of work practice
sharing industry information with colleagues and peers
communicating effectively with audiences
working effectively in a team and acknowledging cultural protocols
working cooperatively with other performers and production personnel
discussing program requirements in a collaborative manner
dealing with complex and non-routine difficulties
managing own finances
developing strategies to overcome performance anxiety
Initiative and enterprise
interpreting musical structures and elements to enhance performance outcomes
recovering errors with minimal disruption to performance
achieving own individual style of creative expression
interpreting a character for performance
conveying mood and style of performance pieces to audiences
promoting oneself to potential employers
Planning and organising
monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
planning work tasks in a logical sequence
setting work and practice goals
researching information on dance styles, history and concepts
planning for contingencies
working to personal goals
preparing self for performance
seeking expert assistance when problems arise
maintaining an appropriate standard of personal presentation demonstrating reliability in all agreed work commitments
maintaining a high level of physical fitness
developing a high level of musical theatre technique
identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
seeking feedback and integrating constructive advice into own professional practice
practising strategically to overcome specific technique or creative expression problems
using feedback to identify strengths and weaknesses in technique to improve own technique
extending appropriate repertoire knowledge
storing and retrieving data
using standard word processing and spreadsheet software