Certificate III In Music Industry

Turn your Music talent into a career

Certificate III In Music Industry

Course Code
Professional, Creative & Environment
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)

Start Date(s): July 2021
End Date(s): Dec 2021
Days and Time: Wednesdays & Fridays

Course Overview

Do you dream of becoming a musician? Is there an instrument that you excel on and want hone your skills and learn more about the industry to launch a successful career?

The Certificate III in Music Industry (CUA30915) has been designed to give you these skills and help you forge a pathway into the industry.

Students undertaking the Certificate III in Music Industry (CUA30915) will have completed the Certificate II or have the skills required to enter the course at this level. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills on your chosen instrument through workshops and regular performances with the band, or solo.

While the course is designed to fine tune your skills on a particular instrument, you will also learn more about the industry, and other activities related to music performance. Small class sizes and one-on-one lessons on your instrument ensures that you are able to have all your questions answered, and learn hands on from the teachers.

Some key topics covered include:

  • Music theory
  • Sight reading
  • Music Business
  • Song writing
  • Recording your own music
  • PA system set up and operation.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBWHS201Contribute To Health And Safety Of Self And Others (BSBWHS201)20
CUACMP301Implement copyright arrangements (CUACMP301)20
CUAIND303Work effectively in the music industry (CUAIND303)35
CUAMLT302Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice (CUAMLT302)40


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CUAMLT303Notate music (CUAMLT303)40
CUAMCP301Compose simple songs or musical pieces (CUAMCP301)35
CUAMPF203Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing music (CUAMPF203)50
CUAMPF302Prepare for performances (CUAMPF302)35
CUAMPF303Contribute to backup accompaniment (CUAMPF303)35
CUAMPF305Develop improvisation skills (CUAMPF305)35
CUAMPF404Perform music as part of a group (CUAMPF404)70

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will include a combination of performance, written, oral and practical methods. You will be given sufficient time to complete all assessments required. We strive to accommodate all learning styles to help every student to get through the course.

What will I study?

Apart from studying your principle instrument you will learn all aspects of the industry, including music and lyric writing, pa system operation, more advanced performance and recording studio techniques, working effectively in the music industry and protecting your original music (copyright and licencing).

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee and non-tuition fees (table 1) and any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
340 340 $12.34 $2.47 $18.75

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2022. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

Students applying for this course must have completed the Certificate II in Music Industry first. It is also recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

You will study all music subjects at the Broadmeadows campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment in the following roles in the Music industry:

  • Studio assistant
  • Internship at a record company
  • Assistant at an established music business
  • Record label assistant. 

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in performance, recording, songwriting and sound skills.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Music Industry (CUA30915). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You will be able to continue your studies into the Certificate IV in Music Industry (CUA40915).

How do I apply?

Students can apply online by clicking on the 'Apply Here' button at the top of the Kangan Institute website page for this course.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will be required to attend an interview and audition as part of the selection process. Prospective students will be required to show technical ability on their principle instrument by playing either an original composition or a cover song.