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2.2.5 Certified TLE Practitioner


An individual applying for the CertTLE Practitioner designation should be able to demonstrate a informed understanding of the technology used in the theatre and live events industry. They should also demonstrate their informed 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 (CertTLE Prac) behind their name
  • Participate in SACIA events at discounted rates
  • Offer employers and colleagues assurance of commitment to the theatre and live events industry
  • Subscription to the SACIA code of Professional Conduct
  • Participation in a CPD programmes – as prescribed by SACIA
  • Be listed on the National Learners’ Record Database.

Qualifying criteria

The candidate must:

  • be in good standing in the industry
  • have at least 3 years’ experience working in the theatre and live events industry. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
  • be a member of SACIA
  • hold a relevant NQF-level 5 qualification in event technology or similar. An example of a relevant qualification might include the Higher Certificate in Performing Arts Technology offered by Durban University of Technology (qualification 119963), or the Higher Occupational Certificate: Sound Operator (qualification 120748)
  • Gained an endorsement from a person of good standing within the theatre and live events industry.

Designation competencies

A person applying for recognition as a Certified TLE Practitioner should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An informed knowledge of core technologies used in the technical production and live event industry, including audio, video, display (both projected imagery and flat panel display), event rigging, event power, event lighting, pyrotechnics, temporary structures, cabling and signal management (including the allocation of radio frequencies used in the programme making and special events industry). The candidate should also demonstrate an informed understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories relating to stagecraft and event safety.
  • Awareness of how knowledge or a knowledge system develops and evolves within the area of study or operation.
  • The ability to select and apply standard methods, procedures or techniques applicable to the audio-visual and live events environment and to plan and manage an implementation process within a well-defined, familiar and supported environment.
  • The ability to identify, evaluate and solve defined, routine and new problems within a familiar context and to apply solutions based on relevant evidence and procedures or other forms of explanation appropriate to the field, discipline or practice, demonstrating an understanding of the consequences.
  • The ability to take account of and act according to the SACIA code of professional conduct and seek guidance on ethical and professional issues where necessary.
  • The ability to gather information from various sources, including oral, written or symbolic texts, to select information appropriate to the task and apply basic processes of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of that information.
  • The ability to communicate information reliably, accurately and coherently, using conventions appropriate to the context, in written and oral form. This would include an informed knowledge of software and systems commonly used in the events industry.
  • The ability to operate in a range of familiar and new contexts, demonstrating an understanding of different kinds of event systems, their constituent parts and the relationships between these parts, and understanding how actions in one area impact other areas within the same system.
  • The ability to evaluate their performance or the performance of others, and to take appropriate action where necessary; to take responsibility for their learning within a structured learning process; and to promote the learning of others.
  • The ability to account for their actions, to work effectively with and respect others, and, in a defined context, to take supervisory responsibility for others and for the responsible use of resources, where appropriate.


Applicants should complete an online examination (TLE002) 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 of the existing and future applicants for this designation will not hold an underlying NQF-level 5 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate at additional work experience in the theatre and live events industry. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts. For more information visit the RPL page

Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

Designated members are required to:

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