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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Make staging preparations
  2. Operate staging elements
  3. Carry out post performance requirements

Required Skills

Required skills

problem solving in relation to the types of staging challenges that arise during live performance

numeracy skills sufficient to calculate timings

literacy skills sufficient to both interpret and make modifications to staging documentation

Required knowledge

cue plots their features how to action them and make amendments to cues

operating techniques for a range of staging elements including movement of flats operation of trucks and revolves movement of weightbearing elements

knowledge of types of control desks which operate stage machinery

signals and other communication systems used when operating stage machinery

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The following evidence is critical of the judgement of competence in this unit

ability to operate staging to performance requirements

application of safe working practices to the movement of staging elements

effective communication skills to achieve efficient operation of staging during a performance

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The assessment context must ensure

practical demonstration of skills through the operation of staging elements during an actual performance and for more than one production

involvement of and interaction with a team to reflect the collaborative nature of staging operation during a performance

Method of assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge and might include

direct observation of a performance where the candidate is operating staging

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of issues to be considered in the operation of staging typical problems which occur and how these can be addressed

review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of onthejob performance by the candidate

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups eg people with disabilities and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English remote communities and those with interrupted schooling

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment of this unit requires access to

a venue for the staging of an actual production

staging equipment

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Technical staging aspects of the show may include:

checking that all staging elements meet operational standard for performance

quick costume changes

Relevant personnel may include:



production manager

stage manager

technical staff

venue management

Staging faults or problems may relate to:

director making last minute alterations/additions

jammed machinery

last minute loss of crew team member needed for a heavy scene change

loss of communication

missing cues

Staging may include:

framed scenery, e.g. flats, profiles, doors, windows

furniture and other set props

non weight-bearing scenery, e.g. columns, trees


soft scenery, e.g. canvas legs, borders, cloths, gauzes, cycloramas


weight bearing scenery, e.g. rostra, ramps, steps