Develop basic staging skills


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare stages and position set elements for performances in the entertainment and events industries.

At this level, individuals are working under the direct supervision of experienced personnel.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare stage area

1.1 Refer to stage plan and consult with supervisor to obtain details of work requirements

1.2 Clear and clean stage area in preparation for staging installation

1.3 Mark out stage according to stage plan and directions from supervisor

1.4 Work cooperatively with crews from other departments when sharing the stage

2. Lay up floor and position set pieces

2.1 Lay up floor according to stage plan and directions from supervisor

2.2 Move and assemble set pieces according to stage plan and directions from supervisor

2.3 Follow safety procedures when laying up floor and positioning set pieces

2.4 Identify adjustments required in consultation with relevant personnel and take appropriate action

3. Finalise activities

3.1 Clean up and clear surrounding areas to ensure safe work space for all personnel

3.2 Seek feedback on own work performance and note areas for improvement

Evidence of Performance

Evidence of the ability to:

install flooring and basic set pieces for at least two productions

apply knowledge of the roles and functions of staging departments, staging personnel and staging terminology to work activities

follow instructions and safety procedures

work collaboratively.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Evidence of Knowledge

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

describe the role of staging personnel and how they relate to other production personnel

in the context of interpreting stage plans, indicate on a stage diagram, where the following positions are:

downstage and upstage

onstage and offstage

opposite prompt (OP)

prompt side (PS)

scenery dock

stage right and stage left

describe the main safety issues associated with the use of common stage machinery and equipment

describe or demonstrate the following aspects of assembling set pieces:

lashing/toggling and pinhinging flats together

running and floating a flat

using tech screws and bolts

describe or demonstrate how to tie the following soft scenery set pieces:






describe or demonstrate how to tie the following knots used to assemble set pieces:



figure-eight knot (single and double)



overhand knot

reef knot

rolling hitch

truckie’s hitch

whippings and rope seizing

describe how health and safety requirements apply to staging operations and the handling of hazardous substances.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

staging machinery, equipment and tools

a venue in which a production is being staged.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.


Performance Criteria




Seeks the views of others to identify ways to improve own performance


1.1, 2.1, 2,2

Interprets production documentation in relation to own duties



Documents outcomes of feedback on own work performance

Oral communication

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.2

Obtains information by listening and questioning



Calculates and follows measurements when staging activities

Navigate the world of work

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1

Understands and completes main tasks and responsibilities, within the boundaries of own role

Follows health and safety procedures

Interact with others

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.2

Works cooperatively with a range of personnel

Get the work done

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

Plans routine tasks, taking some limited responsibility for decisions regarding sequencing and timing

Recognises and responds to predictable routine problems

Seeks assistance when problems are beyond immediate responsibilities or experience


Media and entertainment production - staging