About Cert III in Music Industry (Sound Production)

The Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) (CUA30915) is a nationally recognized qualification run through Collarts (The Australian College of the Arts) (RTO No. 0109). Students undertaking this qualification will further develop their skills in the recording studio and in live event situations.

Whilst studying on the Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) course, you'll learn a number of skills and techniques to use in a recording studio to assist with sound recordings. From effective documentation of recording sessions, equipment maintenance, effective microphone placement and setup techniques, how to setup and operate mixing consoles, how to use and operate studio equipment such as pre-amps, compressors, etc., and much more.

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You will also learn one of the most important aspects about working in a studio. Good communication skills. You will be taught effective ways to bring out the best in performers, and how to present yourself in a professional and easy going manner, to ensure that all performers you work with will be happy with the service you are providing. You'll be working with experienced engineers and producers, with a wealth of knowledge on everything you need to know to be an engineer.

You'll have state-of-the-art modern and vintage equipment at your disposal to ensure that you get the best quality sound you can. We have a massive range of different guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars and basses, acoustic and electric drum kits, pianos, keyboards, microphones, pre-amps, compressors, effects pedals and rack units, mixing consoles, software, etc.

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In the analogue studio, we have a 24 channel mixing console, and 24 track tape reel, as well as professional quality effects units, compressors, sound enhancers, equalisers, and other assorted outboard gear. We also have a large selection of microphones, guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, and everything else you may need to make your recording sound spectacular. In the modern world of the recording industry, analogue is making a huge comeback, because of its warmer, more organic tones. Many of the world's largest studios use analogue tape for these reasons, and some bands are making the same choice. Did you know that the Foo Fighters recorded Wasting Light (2011) entirely on analogue tape, instead of using digital recording software?

This qualification is available to school students on VETis program on day release, subject to arrangement between individual schools and Castlerock.


Venue: Castlerock Institute of Music
Delivery Address: Unit 6/95 Dixon Road Rockingham 6168
Quaiification: Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) (CUA30915)
RTO: Collarts (Australian College of the Arts) (RTO No. 0109)

Non-School Students

Enrolment Closing Date: TBA
Course Duration: 23 Weeks in Semester 1 
Start Date: Monday 9th January 2017 
Finish Date: Friday 23rd June 2017


  • 5 1/2 hrs daily (plus 30 minute lunch break) - 16 1/2 hrs weekly
  • Study hours spread over a 23 week period (379.5 hours)
Daily Hours 
  • Monday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Friday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM 
Public Holidays:
  • Monday 6th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17th April - Easter Monday
  • Monday 5th June - Western Australia Day

School Students (VETis)

Enrolment Closing Date: TBA
Course Duration: 40 Weeks 
Start Date: Thursday 2nd February 2017 
Finish Date: Thursday 14th December 2017


  • 5 1/2 hrs daily (plus 30 minute lunch break) - 1 day per week
  • Study hours spread over a 40 week period (220 hours)
Daily Hours 
  • Thursday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM


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