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2.2.4 Certified TLE Associate


An individual applying for the CertTLE Associate designation should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the technology used in the theatre and live events industry. They should also demonstrate their broad understanding of safety issues related to this field, as well as the regulatory framework that applies to the theatre and live events industry.


Use the designator (Cert TLE Assoc) behind their name

Participate in SACIA events at discounted rates

Offer employers and colleagues assurance of commitment to the technical production and live events industry

Be listed on the National Learners’ Record Database

Qualifying criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Matric certificate (National Senior Certificate, NQF 4) or equivalent
  • At least 1-year relevant experience working in the theatre or live events sector. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
  • Gained an endorsement from a person of good standing within the theatre and live-events industry


Applicants should complete an online examination (TLE001) that will test both the breadth and depth of their knowledge across a range of competencies specific to theatre and live events industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning

SACIA’s certification council recognize that many applicants for this designation will not hold an underlying NQF-level 4 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate at least 2 years’ relevant work experience in the theatre and live events industry. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts.

Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

Designated members are required to:

  • maintain annual membership of SACIA
  • subscribe to the SACIA Code of Professional Conduct
  • comply with the CPD requirements as stipulated by SACIA

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