CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media- TraineeshipNationally Recognised Training logo

The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91800) delivering Nationally Recognised Training.

We have a commitment to helping people achieve their learning goals, in a fun and supportive learning environment.

The CMTO provides specialised industry training for anyone considering a career and employment within the community broadcasting industry and the wider media.

 How can training benefit you?

A Nationally Recognised qualification upon successful completion of the course

  • Fun and flexible delivery of training and assessment by experienced industry trainers and assessors
  • The opportunity to choose a career path through recognised qualifications
  • Learning of new skills
  • Develop your existing skills further, or have your existing skills recognised with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Meet new people and gain confidence in your broadcasting skills!

Who is this training course for?

This course is suitable for workers/staff at community radio stations or within the creative industries who would like to gain a qualification and extend their broadcasting, production and communications skills.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

Learners must be employed at a community radio station or in the creative industries.

Learners will have undergone a recruitment process that deems them eligible for a Traineeship within their State Traineeship/Apprenticeship framework.

They will have an interest in on-air broadcasting, internal and external communications, social media, producing an outside broadcast, as well as producing a radio feature or documentary.

Learners will have undertaken a workplace induction and must be involved in a range of compulsory workplace activities to complement their learning experience, including attending staff meetings and participating in existing teams as a staff member.

What are the employment outcomes for this course?

After the successful completion of this training product, participants will have the competencies required by industry to perform entry level roles in the media industry.

  • Community radio program maker/presenter.
  • Radio Production Assistant
  • Radio Producer
  • Production Coordinator

What are the Pathways for further studies for this course?

After the successful completion of this training product, participants will have the skills and knowledge required to participate in further studies.

The Screen and Media Training Package does not mandate particular pathways to the achievement of qualifications.

However, the CMTO suggests possible pathways for community broadcasters to attain qualifications:

Certificate II in Creative Industries Certificate III in Screen and Media Certificate IV in Screen and Media
Radio Production Assistant Community Radio program maker or presenter Radio/podcase producer/presenter

Production coordinator

Audio editor

Digital producer

Content creator

Sound recordist

Audio narrator

What are the units of competency for this course?

The packaging rules for CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media States:

Packaging rules
Number of units: 11
Core units: 3
Elective units: 8
  • Of the elective units at least three must be from Group A. Of the remaining elective units at least three must be from Group A and/or Group B. Up to 2 may be from the listed elective units or any currently endorsed Certificate II or above training package qualification or accredited course.

Consistent with the packaging rules, this course comprises the following units of competence:

Unit code/title




CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry


CUAAIR211 Develop techniques for presenting information on-air



CUAAIR311 Present programs on air



CUAPPM312 Plan and prepare program content



CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media



 CHCLEG002 Interpret and use legal information



CUAAIR411 Plan and conduct interviews



CUASOU212 Perform Basic sound editing



BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking in a team environment


ICTWEB306 Develop web presence using social media



CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices


 How long is the course?

This course is delivered over a period of 12 months/52 weeks.

Students should plan for the following over that period:

Mode Approx. hours per week
Face To Face/Online learning 2hrs
Online self-paced learning 8hrs
Workplace learning 19hrs
Assessment 1hr
Total 30 hrs per week

How is this course structured?

The course includes the following structured learning stages:

Broadcaster Skill Set

  • CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
  • CUAAIR211 Develop techniques for presenting information on- air
  • CUAAIR311 Present programs on-air
  • CUAPPM312 Plan and prepare program content
  • CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media

Interviewing Skill Set

  • CHCLEG002 Interpret and use legal information
  • CUAAIR411 Plan and conduct interviews
  • CUASOU212 Perform basic sound editing

Social Media Skill Set

  • BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment
  • ICTWEB306 Develop web presence using social media
  • CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Training and assessment will take place face-to-face, online and on-the-job at a community broadcasting station.

The course is delivered with both theory and practical elements and is completed both in a simulated working environment and on-the-job. The delivery of training will include a mixture of online learning activities through the Moodle Learning Management System, online group meetings, and individual research and exercises.

Assessment is used to provide you with feedback on your progress and to measure your skills and knowledge against the training qualification requirements and those of the industry. The assessment process will include written and practical presentations, observation and online participation and will require time for completing assignments and self-paced exercises.

How often are the courses offered?

This course is offered on an annual basis via an application process with classes being held at times which suit the majority of students.

How much will it cost?

CMTO training is subsidised by the Community Broadcasting National Training Project.

For fully subsidised courses, the CMTO does not charge course fees to participants.

In some states this course may be subsidised depending on whether you are eligible for subsidies.

In some cases, your employer may be required to pay your course fee if you are undertaking a Traineeship.

We can also assess your current skills and consider applications for Recognised Prior Learning.

The CMTO will arrange for fees to be paid by students in instalments throughout the course.

For current fees please contact the CMTO on [email protected]

For all other courses, including courses which are customised to your needs, contact the CMTO office for fee details.

 Other fees

For re- issuance of Certificates and Statements of Attainments the student will be charged $20 per document required. Payment for the re-issuance of such documents is required prior to the re-issuance occurring by the RTO.

How do I enrol?

Simply complete the following steps and you could be on your way to starting a course:

  1. Read and understand the information contained in FORM 22 Student Information Handbook.
  2. Talk with your station manager and trainer about the course.
  3. Apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This can be done by going to the Unique Student Identifier website ( ). All students enrolling after January 2015 must have a USI. If you would like assistance call the CMTO office on 02 9318 9626
  4. Sign the Enrolment Form to show that you understand all of the information provided and return the Enrolment Form to your trainer or the CMTO.

 Would you like more information?

Go to where you will find out all you need to know about opportunities to learn more about the media!

Or you can contact our friendly team at the Community Media Training Organisation by calling: 02 9318 9626 (Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Download the Course Handbook here- FORM 28 Course Handbook- CUA31020 Traineeship V1.2

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