Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage

Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage

SQA code: GK35 70
Ofqual code:  601/5136/5
Total Qualification Time: 296
Guided Learning Hours: 183
Credit value: 30

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as:

  • carrying out risk assessments including health and safety
  • dealing with touring artists, brands and orchestras
  • planning and installing electrical and sound equipment
  • show and sound/lighting/stage timings

This qualification that has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

It may be available through employers, training providers and colleges in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a sound, light or stage technician.

As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills 

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 30 credits. They must complete three mandatory units plus a minimum of six optional units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools)

Learners will then need to select the most appropriate pathway for their job role:

  • Technical Theatre: Sound
  • Technical Theatre: Light
  • Technical Theatre: Stage

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • learners who have completed a qualification in a relevant discipline at level 2 Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals who have completed a Level 2 certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage or who are employed or volunteer as a sound technician within technical theatre.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage Apprenticeship in England (as detailed in SASE).


The Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage can lead to employment within the theatre industry, as a technician or lead technician.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete three mandatory units (credit value 10) and a minimum of six optional units (credit value 20).

Please refer to the qualification structure (201 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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