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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 detailed understanding of at least one core technology used in the theatre and live events industry. They should also demonstrate their detailed 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 a detailed 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
  • hold a relevant NQF-level 6 qualification in event technology or similar. An example of a relevant qualification might include the Diploma in Performing Arts offered by Tshwane University of Technology (qualification 112489)
  • 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.

Designation competencies

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

  • An informed knowledge of core technologies used in the technical production and live event industries, 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 project management applicable to the events industry. In addition, the candidate should demonstrate detailed knowledge and practical competence in any one of the core competencies, as well as event safety and project management.
  • An understanding of different forms of knowledge, schools of thought and forms of explanation within an area of study, operation or practice, and awareness of knowledge production processes.
  • The ability to evaluate, select and apply appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in investigation or application processes within a defined context.
  • The ability to identify, analyse and solve problems in unfamiliar contexts, gather evidence and apply solutions based on evidence and procedures appropriate to the field, discipline or practice.
  • An understanding of the ethical implications of decisions and actions within an organisational or professional context based on an awareness of the complexity of ethical dilemmas. The candidate should also demonstrate an understanding of gender-based violence, discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation that may apply in an event environment.
  • The ability to evaluate different sources of information, select information appropriate to the task, and apply well-developed processes of analysis, synthesis and evaluation to that information. This would include the ability to read, interpret and understand a technical rider and other documents relating to any event.
  • The ability to present and communicate complex information reliably and coherently using appropriate professional or occupational conventions, formats and technologies for a given context. This includes detailed knowledge of software and systems commonly used in the events industry. This might include the Microsoft Office suite (or similar) as well as software and systems directly related to the candidate's specific area of detailed knowledge.
  • The ability to make decisions and act appropriately in familiar and new contexts, demonstrating an understanding of the relationships between systems, and of how actions, ideas or developments in one system impact other systems.
  • The ability to evaluate performance against given criteria, accurately identify and address task-specific learning needs in a given context, and provide support to the learning needs of others where appropriate.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team or group and to take responsibility for their decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of others within well-defined contexts, including the responsibility for the 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 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), IT & networks (TLE006),  event lighting (TLE007) and event rigging (TLE008) must write a written examination. Individuals applying for a designation in event rigging must also complete a practical assessment (see link on exam page)

Individuals claiming detailed 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:

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 additional work experience 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

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