Provide services on a freelance basis

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 CUFIND401A, 'Provide services on a freelance basis'.
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



Promote yourself to potential employers

1. Establish, follow up and regularly maintain business contacts within industry

2. Participate in relevant networks to support your freelance activity

3. Identify and follow appropriate strategies to enhance your professional reputation

4. Maximise your reputation by circulating current and succinct information about your experience

5. Join and maintain regular contact with relevant employment networks

6. Advertise your services in relevant media outlets as required

7. Produce and distribute promotional material as required

Negotiate work arrangements

8. Establish clear performance outcomes for jobs and agree on fees, schedules and expenses

9. Ensure that contracts contain payment terms and conditions that provide a viable cash flow

10. Ensure that contracts contain a clear statement of the obligations of all parties and a process for varying terms and conditions

11. Ensure that the terms of contracts match agreements and securely store written copies of final signed contracts for reference during the course of jobs

12. Negotiate variations to contracts as required

13. Seek specialist advice in the development of contracts where appropriate

14. Be willing to adapt to the demands of others, but without compromising your personal work ethic and reputation

15. Be prepared to reject work offers that do not provide sufficient financial remuneration or job satisfaction

Manage financial and business aspects of freelance work

16. Seek advice on and determine the most appropriate way of operating as a freelancer

17. Set up and use effective systems for managing budgets, finance and paperwork

18. Establish and maintain effective support services

19. Establish a realistic fee structure that takes into account all factors associated with your freelance activity

20. Plan ahead to organise and maintain a viable work and cash flow

21. Send invoices in line with payment terms and conditions and follow up any non-payment of invoices promptly and in a businesslike manner

22. Keep simple but accurate and up-to-date accounts and records

23. Submit annual tax returns, using the services of an accountant as required

24. Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements relevant to freelance activities

Undertake strategic planning

25. Identify and implement strategies that help identify work opportunities at an early stage

26. Seek constructive feedback from relevant people about your performance and evaluate feedback to identify personal development needs

27. Identify opportunities for ongoing professional development and take appropriate action to ensure that your skills and knowledge keep pace with industry developments

28. Identify and act on opportunities to expand your client base, either alone or in partnership with other freelancers

29. Regularly revisit, review and set realistic objectives

30. Continually monitor and analyse work options against quality of life, and artistic and commercial outcomes

31. Identify risk factors and take action to minimise risk when planning work activities

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFIND401A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIS40210 - Certificate IV in Fitness
  • SIT40112 - Certificate IV in Guiding
  • CUS40209 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
  • CUS50309 - Diploma of Music Business
  • CUS60109 - Advanced Diploma of Music
  • CUS60309 - Advanced Diploma of Music Business
  • CUS40309 - Certificate IV in Music Business
  • CUS60209 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUS50209 - Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUS50109 - Diploma of Music
  • CUS40109 - Certificate IV in Music
  • CUV50407 - Diploma of Photoimaging
  • CUE50303 - Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production)
  • CUE40303 - Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)
  • CUE40403 - Certificate IV in Venues and Events (Customer Service)
  • CUE50403 - Diploma of Venues and Events
  • CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events
  • CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUF40507 - Certificate IV in Costume for Performance
  • CUF40407 - Certificate IV in Make-up
  • CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50507 - Diploma of Costume for Performance
  • CUF50307 - Diploma of Broadcast Technology
  • CUF40307 - Certificate IV in Broadcast Technology
  • CUF50407 - Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services
  • CUF50207 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media
  • CUF40607 - Certificate IV in Scenery and Set Construction
  • CUF50607 - Diploma of Scenery and Set Construction
  • CUA40111 - Certificate IV in Dance
  • CUA50111 - Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • CUA50211 - Diploma of Musical Theatre
  • CUA40311 - Certificate IV in Community Culture
  • CUV40211 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
  • CUV50411 - Diploma of Photo Imaging
  • CUV40311 - Certificate IV in Design
  • CUV40111 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts
  • CUV50111 - Diploma of Visual Arts
  • CUV40411 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging
  • CUV50311 - Diploma of Graphic Design
  • CUA50413 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA40413 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
  • SIS40215 - Certificate IV in Fitness