Set up and operate stage monitor systems

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUESOU11B, 'Set up and operate stage monitor systems'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine performance requirements

1.1. Obtain accurate performance and venue information to inform the planning of the stage monitor system

1.2. Correctly interpret documentation to determine system requirements

1.3. Liaise with venue and other technicians/departments to allocate adequate set-up time and to confirm requirements for stage monitor system set-up and checking

2. Specify stage monitor system

2.1. Prepare accurate stage layout diagram with proposed placements of all required stage monitor equipment

2.2. Select appropriate stage monitor loudspeakers or in-ear monitors for each required send (mix)

2.3. Select appropriate stage monitor loudspeaker or in ear processing and/or amplification, plus cabling

2.4. Ensure adequate monitoring and communication systems are in place for all relevant personnel

2.5. Ensure availability of any in-ear or wireless equipment and accessories through liaison with relevant personnel

3. Set-up equipment and prepare for performance

3.1. Correctly set-up stage monitor console, processing/amplification racks and engineer's monitor, completing all appropriate checks

3.2. Check that all cables are neatly routed and secured and that all equipment is safely positioned

3.3. Ensure that there are adequate resources available in the event of equipment breakdown

3.4. Neatly and correctly label stage monitor console input channel strips, and all processing equipment so that each item is clearly identified as to function and relevant mix

3.5. Position all stage monitor loudspeakers and neatly run/fix all appropriate cables in accordance with health and safety requirements

3.6. Cross check final set-up against production requirements

4. Tune, equalise and adjust system for performance

4.1. Test all components of the stage monitor system, including a complete line check of all inputs, in accordance with health and safety requirements

4.2. Individually equalise each stage monitor send to avoid run-away feedback at all times and set top gain (level) indication for microphones

4.3. Cross check all adjacent stage monitor sends to allow for acoustic interference

4.4. Run complete system up to safe working limit, including while any front of house speaker system is operating, to check adequate performance and mains power availability

5. Liaise with performers on requirements

5.1. Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with relevant performance personnel

5.2. Reconfirm production requirements with each relevant performer and check that set-up meets individual requirements in relation to quality, balance and mix sound levels

5.3. Promptly identify malfunctions and rectify appropriately

6. Prepare sound mixing console for operation

6.1. Liaise with relevant personnel and/or read production documents to interpret and confirm the sound requirements so that technical and creative requirements are met

6.2. Ensure adequate worklights or console illumination and check light spill

7. Operate console during production

7.1. Observe occupational health and safety requirements for operating the sound mixing console

7.2. Operate faders to produce a level appropriate to the required sound and check each send (mix) in regular rotation

7.3. Make appropriate adjustments to equalisers to produce an appropriate tonal quality

7.4. Monitor sources and outputs both aurally and visually to meet with accepted safety standards and production requirements

7.5. Promptly identify and appropriately troubleshoot any problems on stage

7.6. Where required, allow audio signals to be processed, adding desired effects or other signal processing where necessary

7.7. Communicate appropriately with relevant personnel, when required, throughout the production

8. Complete work operations

8.1. Complete all necessary documentation in accordance with organisational procedures and production requirements

8.2. Ensure that any equipment is handled, cleaned, maintained and stored in accordance with organisational and/or production requirements

8.3. Ensure that the work environment is clean and restored to its original condition in readiness for the next user

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUESOU11B appears in the following qualifications:

  • CUS40209 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
  • CUS50209 - Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUE50303 - Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production)
  • CUE40303 - Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)