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Skills Active Entertainment and Event Qualifications

How the Qualifications came about

In 2013, the ETNZ Executive approached Skills Active about developing qualifications for the industry, as there was no consistent standard across the country.

What you see now is the result of a dedicated group of ETNZ members, along with the training expertise from Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for Performing Arts. Together they developed these qualifications that can be gained on the job, meet industry standards, and are recognised on the NZ Qualifications Framework.

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New Zealand Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations (Level 3)

The NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations (L3) is delivered and assessed on-the-job in a workplace within the entertainment industry. The qualification is designed to be completed in 3-7 months.

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Who is this Qualification for?

This qualification is for people who are interested in kicking off an exciting career in the entertainment and event industry, be it backstage or Front of House.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and industry knowledge required to operate safely under supervision in a wide range of service or operational roles.

What is involved?

The 45 credit qualification covers how to:

  • Operate responsibly, professionally, and safely during performances and events in your area of interest.
  • Communicate with stakeholders to enhance the performance or event experience.
  • Apply industry and role-specific knowledge and technical skills to your own role.

Assessments are done on the completed workbooks, which are supplied by Skills Active, and by observation of your work practices by your supervisors, verifiers, or assessors.

What are the costs?

The fees for this qualification is $75.00 + GST if you have an onsite assessor, or $450.00 + GST if you don’t.

Where to from here?

CLICK HERE for further information or to enrol.

Read the E&E L3 info sheet.

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New Zealand Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (Level 4)

The NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (L4) is formalised as an on-the-job training scheme (apprenticeship), and is for people who have started working in either a paid or volunteer position within the entertainment and event technology industry.

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Who is this Qualification for?

It is for current technicians wanting to gain a qualification, employers wanting to create a recognized learning pathway for their staff, or the community theatre technician who wants some recognition for their volunteer hours.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in a workplace within our industry, in either a paid or unpaid position. Graduates of this qualification will be able to safely work with limited supervision in the entertainment and event technology industry using their skills and knowledge.

Whether you are just starting out or you have a wealth of experience and want to formally endorse your skills, this qualification is for you. Choose two of seven strands from the list below:

  • Entertainment Rigging
  • Lighting
  • Live Sound
  • Video
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Mechanics
  • Scenic Construction
What is involved?

The 120-credit apprenticeship has two core modules and two self-selected strands, and is designed to be completed between 18-24 months.

The core modules cover:

  • Industry practices, processes, and protocols
  • Professional conduct and etiquette
  • Stakeholder communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Career development

Assessments are done on the completed, supplied workbooks, and by observation of your work practices by your supervisors, verifiers, or assessors.

The two strands that you selected come from the following list and cover topics like

  • Entertainment Rigging – Rigging terminology, calculations, and safe rigging practices.
  • Lighting – Electrical theory, equipment, and properties of light.
  • Live Sound – Sound systems, and sound quality.
  • Video – Equipment used in video systems, video signal flowcharts, and video creation work flows.
  • Stage Management – Stage-management roles, attributes, and behaviours, as well as demonstration of stage management responsibilities for preplanning, rehearsals, performances, and post show.
  • Stage Mechanics – Preparation, setup, operation, and removal of scenery, rigging, and mechanical stage equipment.
  • Scenic Construction – Creation and reading of stage scenery construction drawings and set plans, purpose and suitability of materials used in building, various methods of scenery construction, as well as building of scenery.

 

The workbooks and assessments are based around a Know It / Show It / Log it system.

Know it is the written tasks in the workbooks.

Show it is the on-the-job demonstration of the tasks as listed, repeated between 3 to 5 times depending on your strand, in a complex event. E.g. installing, operating, and removing lighting systems.

For the full definition of a complex event CLICK HERE or see the Resouces below.

Log it is a log book showing 400 hours of work completed within an Entertainment or Event location in your strand area. E.g. pack-in, show call, pack-out, equipment prep, rehearsals, and room setup.

What are the costs?

Skills Active fees are $1500.00 + GST.  There may be additional fees, depending on how the qualification is delivered and the locations of the trainees and assessors.

There are currently no training courses available for this qualification as training is delivered on-the-job by workplace experts. ETNZ are investigating opportunities to help facilitate some learning and will advise when that is available.

Once enrolled

Skills Active will appoint your Assessor and an LSA (Learning Support Advisor), and post you your work books.

The LSA person will be the liaison between Skills Active, the employer, and the assessor. They will check in with you regularly to ensure you are progressing.

Where to from here?

CLICK HERE to access the enrolment process.

Read the E&E Tech L4 info sheet.

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Do you want to become an assessor?

Assessment is at the heart of industry training. On-job assessment allows trainees to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in real work settings. On-job assessment has real impact on the trainee, workplace, and people undertaking the assessment.

You will first need to hold this qualification and have also been in the industry for a minimum of 3-5 years. If you are interested, please contact Skills Active: info@skillsactive.org.nz

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Training Resources

COMPLEX EVENTS DEFINED

Entertainment and Event Qualifications FAQ

ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENT QUALIFICATION PATHWAYS

Entertainment and Event L3 Info Sheet

LEVEL 3 ATTESTATION FORM

THE INTERIM PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY LOG BOOK

Entertainment and Event Qualifications Hours Log Option

Current Version : 1

EVIDENCE VERIFIER DEFINITION - FAQ

Entertainment and Event L4 Info Sheet