Certificate II in Dance

This qualification is a preparatory qualification that can be used as a pathway into specialist Certificate III qualifications within the live performance industry.

Job roles

There are no specific employment outcomes at this level.


Total number of units = 10

7 core units plus

3 elective units

The elective units consist of:

1 unit from Group A

of the remaining units:

up to 2 may be from Group A and/or B

1 may be from a Certificate II in any endorsed Training Package or accredited course

1 may be from a Certificate I or III in any endorsed Training Package.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units

add topic BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

add topic CUADAN201A Develop basic dance techniques

add topic CUADAN202A Incorporate artistic expression into basic dance performances

add topic CUAOHS101A Follow basic safe dance practices

add topic CUAOHS201A Develop a basic level of physical condition for dance performance

add topic CUAPRF201A Prepare self for performances

add topic CUFIND201A Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Group A elective units


add topic CUADAN203A Perform basic jazz dance technique

add topic CUADAN204A Perform basic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance technique

add topic CUADAN205A Perform basic contemporary dance technique

add topic CUADAN206A Perform basic ballet technique

add topic CUADAN207A Perform basic tap technique

add topic CUADAN208A Perform basic street dance technique

add topic CUADAN209A Perform basic cultural dance technique


add topic CUVATS101A Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity

add topic CUVRES201A Source information relevant to own arts practice

Group B elective units


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR201A Manage personal stress in the workplace

add topic CUEAUD06B Apply a general knowledge of vision systems to work activities

add topic CUESCE05B Apply a general knowledge of scenic art

add topic CUESOU07B Apply a general knowledge of audio to work activities

add topic CUESTA05C Apply a general knowledge of staging to work activities

add topic CUETGE15B Handle physical elements safely during bump in/bump out

add topic CUFLGT101A Apply a general knowledge of lighting to work activities

add topic CUSMLT201A Develop and apply musical ideas and listening skills

add topic HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support


    Candidates entering this qualification could be expected to demonstrate competence in at least one dance style at Certificate I level. Evidence of dance expertise may be reflected in grades achieved in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels. It is recommended that registered training organisations (RTOs) liaise with relevant dance societies to determine certification level equivalence. Alternatively, candidates may have acquired dance skills through self-directed learning.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the creative industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


interpreting and clarifying written or verbal instructions

reading and understanding documentation related to dance training program

obtaining information in a culturally appropriate way


seeking and responding to feedback on skill development

working as a member of a team in the context of preparing for and participating in performances

working with others to develop a fitness regime that meets own physical conditioning needs


monitoring and adjusting technique in practice and rehearsals

identifying areas of weakness and planning practice accordingly

Initiative and enterprise

developing an attitude towards work and learning that involves asking questions

exploring ways to add artistic expression to performances

applying techniques of music to movement in dance forms

expressing rhythms in physical form

Planning and organising

collecting and organising information in a way that allows for easy retrieval

planning work and learning tasks in a logical sequence


following workplace procedures, particularly in relation to OHS

maintaining an appropriate standard of personal presentation in a performance context

meeting deadlines and prioritising tasks

practising and performing with due regard to personal health and safety considerations

setting personal goals and planning practice time

applying safe dance practices

following nutritional guidelines


keeping up-to-date with industry developments and trends

developing and practising basic dance techniques

developing a movement memory

developing artistic expression and an appreciation of aesthetics in the context of dance


using the internet to source information