Certificate III in Dance

This qualification reflects the role of a person working in a varied context in the live performance industry, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

Job roles

Possible job title relevant to this qualification includes:

dancer (ensemble).


Total number of units = 13

6 core units plus

7 elective units

The elective units consist of:

3 units from Group A

of the remaining units:

up to 4 may be from Group A and/or B

up to 2 may be from a Certificate III in any endorsed Training Package or accredited course

1 may be from a Certificate II or IV in any endorsed Training Package.

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

Core units

add topic CUACHR301A Develop basic dance composition skills

add topic CUADAN202A Incorporate artistic expression into basic dance performances

add topic CUADAN301A Explore rhythm in the context of dance or movement technique

add topic CUAIND301A Work effectively in the creative arts industry

add topic CUAOHS301A Condition the body for dance performances

add topic CUAPRF307A Develop performance techniques

Group A elective units


add topic CUADAN302A Increase depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance technique

add topic CUADAN303A Develop dance partnering techniques

add topic CUADAN304A Develop dance improvisational skills

add topic CUADAN305A Increase depth of jazz dance technique

add topic CUADAN306A Increase depth of ballet dance technique

add topic CUADAN307A Increase depth of cultural dance technique

add topic CUADAN308A Increase depth of contemporary dance technique

add topic CUADAN309A Increase depth of street dance technique

add topic CUADAN310A Increase depth of social dance technique

add topic CUADAN311A Increase depth of tap dance technique

Dance literacy

add topic CUADLT301A Develop basic dance analysis skills

Industry context

add topic CUAIND302A Develop and maintain relationships with Indigenous Australian performance mentors

Other dance genres

add topic CUAPRF303A Perform basic on-ground acrobatic skills

add topic CUAPRF304A Develop audition techniques

add topic CUAPRF305A Perform in ways that respect customary law, ethics and traditions

add topic CUAPRF306A Develop musical theatre techniques


add topic CUVRES301A Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice

Group B elective units

Dance teaching

add topic CUADTM301A Assist with teaching dance

Occupational health and safety/safe dance

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

Production management

add topic CUAMUP301A Prepare personal appearance for performances

add topic CUAPPM301A Assist with designing performance spaces

add topic CUASTA301A Assist with production operations for live performances


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR201A Manage personal stress in the workplace

add topic BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

add topic CUECOS09B Develop and apply knowledge of costume

add topic CUFCMP301A Implement copyright arrangements

add topic CUSIND302A Plan a career in the creative arts industry

add topic CUSMLT302A Develop and apply aural-perception skills

add topic CUVATS301A Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts

add topic HLTFA301B Apply first aid

add topic SISCCRO302A Apply legal and ethical instructional skills

Selecting electives for different outcomes

The following example is designed to assist in the selection of appropriate electives for particular outcomes at this level, but it is in no way prescriptive.

Dancer (ensemble)

Core units plus:

add topic CUADAN303A Develop dance partnering techniques

add topic CUADAN304A Develop dance improvisational skills

add topic CUADAN305A Increase depth of jazz dance technique

add topic CUADAN308A Increase depth of contemporary dance technique

add topic CUAMUP301A Prepare personal appearance for performances

add topic CUAPRF304A Develop audition techniques

add topic CUAPRF404A Refine movement skills for performance


    Candidates entering this qualification may produce evidence of dance expertise through 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

An audition or other form of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate II level.

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


reading and understanding relevant sources of information

participating in negotiations about work or contractual issues

discussing rhythmic movement concepts and dance techniques with colleagues and teachers


working constructively with creative and technical personnel

working collaboratively with others involved in rehearsals and performances

sharing industry information with colleagues and peers

dancing with a partner


assisting with troubleshooting technical and artistic problems

planning work tasks in a logical sequence

finding solutions to problems encountered when composing dance sequences

implementing appropriate strategies to overcome performance anxiety

Initiative and enterprise

interpreting music elements and structures

responding appropriately to the unexpected during performances

composing dance within a specified form and following through with own individual style or idea

exploring ways to add artistic expression into performances

applying techniques of music to movement in dance forms

expressing rhythms in physical form

Planning and organising

gathering information on dance styles, elements, forms and structures

prioritising work tasks and establishing deadlines

developing and following a balanced physical conditioning and exercise program to meet peak physical performance

planning and executing warm-up and cool-down routines

planning practice time

preparing for performances and auditions


monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance

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

prioritising work tasks and working within deadlines

demonstrating reliability in all agreed work commitments

following nutritional guidelines


developing knowledge of dance styles and genres

improving skills through practice

continuously evaluating and adjusting own work through critical analysis of own performance

seeking feedback and integrating constructive advice into strategies for developing dance technique


using the internet to access information

using a range of exercise equipment