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2.2.5 Certified TLE Professional


An individual applying for the Cert TLE Professional designation should be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of at least one core technology used in the theatre and live events industry. They should also demonstrate their deep understanding of safety issues related to this field, as well as the regulatory framework that applies to the theatre and live events industry. They should also have an in-depth understanding of the management and administrative functions associated with technical production in the theatre and live events sector.


  • Use the designator (Cert TLE Prof) 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 Register for SACIA Certified Associates, Practitioner and Professionals

Qualifying criteria

The candidate must:

  • be in good standing in the industry
  • Gained an endorsement from a person of good standing within the theatre and live events industry
  • have gained an NQF registered qualification at NQF 6 or equivalent
  • completed 5 years of industry related experience. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.


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 the theatre and live events industry AS WELL AS a specialist online examination (TLE003 upwards) that tests their understanding of management and health & safety issues relating the live events sector. In addition, they should provide a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates their deep understanding of an area of specialisation in the theatre and live events industry. Individuals claiming deep knowledge of video & display (exam TLE004), audio (TLE005) and IT & networks (TLE006) can write a written examination.

Individuals claiming deep knowledge in any other field should provide a Portfolio of Evidence in support of their claim. There is no definitive list of documents that might be included in the Portfolio of Evidence, but it would generally include a detailed list of work undertaken, copies of course and training certificates received, testimonials and letters of recommendation, and a list of any awards or commendations received.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

SACIA’s certification council recognize that many applicants for this designation will not hold an underlying NQF-level 6 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate at least 10 years’ relevant work experience in the theatre and live events industry. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts.

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