Unit of competency details

CUESTA05C - Apply a general knowledge of staging to work activities (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUASTA201 - Develop basic staging skillsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 20/Nov/2013
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUESTA05B - Apply a general knowledge of staging to work activitiesUpdated and equivalent 21/Jul/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 29/Oct/2010

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
CUE60303 - Advanced Diploma of Stage ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Stage Management1-2 
CUA20111 - Certificate II in DanceCertificate II in Dance
CUE30203 - Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)1-2 
CUE40403 - Certificate IV in Venues and Events (Customer Service)Certificate IV in Venues and Events (Customer Service)1-2 
SIT30607 - Certificate III in EventsCertificate III in Events
CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and EventsAdvanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events1-2 
CUE60203 - Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production)Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production)1-2 
CUE60403 - Advanced Diploma of Venues and EventsAdvanced Diploma of Venues and Events1-2 
CUE50403 - Diploma of Venues and EventsDiploma of Venues and Events1-2 
SIT30612 - Certificate III in EventsCertificate III in Events1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100103 Drama And Theatre Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100103 Drama And Theatre Studies  28/Apr/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance with the installation of staging under direct supervision.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

People assisting with staging for live entertainment events and productions apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. At this level their work would be closely supervised. The role includes the need for an understanding of stage geography, staging equipment and staging terminology plus basic stage preparation and set positioning.

This unit has linkages to a range of other technical units and combined assessment and/or training with those units is recommended, e.g.:

  • CPCCCM1005A Carry out measurements and calculations
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare stage area

1.1. Refer to stage plan and consult with supervisor to obtain details of work requirements

1.2. Identify the need for general clearing and cleaning of stage area and take appropriate action

1.3. Mark out stage accurately in accordance with stage plan and directions from supervisor

1.4. Liaise with other production personnel  to ensure timing of staging installation is appropriate in relation to other production requirements

2. Lay up floor and position set pieces

2.1. Lay up floor  in accordance with stage plan and directions from supervisor

2.2. Move and assemble set pieces  in accordance with stage plan and directions from supervisor

2.3. Follow appropriate safety procedures when laying floor and positioning set pieces

2.4. Identify any adjustments required in consultation with supervisor and other personnel and take appropriate action

2.5. Clean up and clean surrounding areas to ensure safe work space for all personnel

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

  • Required skills
  • literacy skills sufficient to interpret a stage plan
  • numeracy skills sufficient to take basic stage and staging measurements

Required knowledge 

  • role of staging personnel within the overall production and interrelationship with other production personnel
  • stage geography and terminology, including upstage, downstage, on/offstage, stage right/left, scenery dock, PS, OP, cameral left, camera right (for film and TV)
  • different types of common stage machinery and equipment and the main safety issues associated with their use
  • basic set assembly, including the correct way to run and float a flat, to lash/toggle and pinhinge flats together and to use tech screws and bolts for assembling set pieces
  • methods of tying cloths, drapes, tabs, etc to a barrel, including legs, borders, scrims, gauzes, cycloramas
  • a variety of knots, including bowline, clove, hitch, half-hitch, reef knot, rolling hitch, truckies hitch, overhand knot, figure of eight knot (single and double), whippings and rope seizing
  • occupational health and safety requirements and their application to stage mechanics,, including the handling of hazardous substances

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:

  • knowledge of the roles and functions of staging departments and staging personnel
  • knowledge of entertainment industry terminology in relation to staging
  • ability to follow instructions and safety procedures.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

The assessment context must ensure:

  • demonstration of skills through the installation of staging that includes as a minimum the installation of flooring and basic set pieces
  • involvement of and interaction with a team with whom the candidate can work and which is able to provide the overall direction for staging set-up.

Method of assessment 

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • direct observation of the candidate using appropriate and safe techniques to install staging
  • inspection/evaluation of staging elements positioned by the candidate
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of staging terminology, features and uses of different types of equipment and stage geography
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).

Guidance information for assessment 

Assessment of this unit requires access to:

  • staging machinery, equipment and tools
  • venue at which a production is being staged.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Other production personnel  may include:

  • designers
  • directors
  • production managers
  • stage managers
  • technical specialists
  • venue management

Floor  may be laid up using:

  • carpet
  • dance floors, e.g. tarkett
  • floor cloths/cladding
  • masonite
  • vinyl

Set pieces  may include:

  • framed scenery, e.g.: flats, profiles, doors, windows
  • furniture and other set props
  • non-weight bearing scenery, eg: columns, trees
  • revolves
  • soft scenery, e.g.: canvas legs, borders, cloths, gauzes, cycloramas
  • trucks
  • weight bearing scenery, e.g.: rostra, ramps, steps

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Media and entertainment production - staging

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units