Creative Venue Technician

Level 3

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements


Level 3 Creative Venue Technician


This apprenticeship will typically last 24 months.

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Learners will have the ability to set up, rig, operate, maintain and repair technical equipment used in creative venues. They will also learn to read and interpret technical event information, as well as how to safely use a variety of tools to assemble, install and maintain scenery and equipment for stage and screen.

During the course of the CVT apprenticeship learners will also take part in the ABTT Bronze award, online RST aid training and receive an introduction to Vectorworks.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but a keen interest in this field is essential. Applicants must be prepared for both shift work and travel. Prior experience is not necessary, but useful and should be supported by a portfolio of evidence.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Understanding the Industry (Terms & Relationships)

  • Health and safety standards including: manual handling, work at height, provision and use of work equipment, construction (design and management), noise, first aid, working hours, electricity at work, fire & emergency procedures, accident reporting and Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment.
  • Security and control of equipment protocols.
  • Management structures within a venue, etiquette and culture, including communication protocols and interdependencies of departments.
  • Relevant industry bodies and their roles e.g. HSE, ABTT, BECTU principles of stage and production management.
  • Creative venue safety systems.
  • The history, styles, architecture, terminology and acoustics of creative venues.


  • The selection of the correct tools and equipment for tasks such as assembling scenic components and truss and rigging lighting, audio and video equipment.
  • Computer-aided design – viewing, extracting information and realising specifications from system designs e.g. stage plans, lighting plans and sound schematics.
  • Environmental and sustainability protocols e.g. correct disposal of different lamp types and electronic equipment, reduction in use of PVC products.
  • Approaches to problem solving – to achieve the creative team’s requirements within the appropriate venue or production’s resources.
  • Competently use safety and access equipment e.g. personal and fall protection equipment, ladders, access towers and tallescopes.
  • Assemble and configure structures and systems from component parts.

Production Processes, Performance & Maintenance

  • The agreed industry safe working procedure: e.g. The Code of Conduct for Get-ins, Fit-ups and Getouts.
  • Recognition of production design elements – scenic, lighting, audio and visual e.g. means of scenic construction: timber, metal and textile. The properties of electricity, fixed and temporary electrical systems; theory, practice and safety e.g. to enable portable appliance testing of relevant technical equipment.
  • The properties of mechanical and electromechanical systems e.g. to enable the assembly and monitoring of hydraulic systems for scenic effect.
  • Lifting operations; theory and practice e.g. to enable monitoring of a lifting operation in compliance with LOLER such as performer flying.
  • How to identify potential improvements to systems and procedures to better enable the realisation of the creative team’s vision for the production.
  • Housekeeping – keeping venue work and storage areas clean, tidy and free from the build-up of waste materials.

Understanding the Industry (terms & relationships)

  • Be computer literate – in word processing, spreadsheets and digital control systems to thereby assist in communication, planning, monitoring and operation of production processes, building services and creative venue technologies e.g. email, drafting reports, supplying technical information and programming production control consoles.
  • Comply with creative venue budgetary and financial management protocols.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and manage work groups.
  • Deal politely and respectfully with stakeholders, ranging from freelance, touring and venue staff to performers, community groups and the public.
  • Diligently manage their own punctuality and working time as required by venue activities.


  • Prepare risk assessments and method statements to help ensure safe planning and delivery of work processes in the venue.
  • Prepare and interpret system specifications e.g. ground plans, lighting plans and design drawings.
  • Prepare written information and reports e.g. cue sheets, post performance reports, handover notes.

Production Processes, Performance & Maintenance

  • Competently use safety and access equipment e.g. personal and fall protection equipment, ladders, access towers and tallescopes.
  • Assemble and configure structures and systems from component parts to production specification – such as scenic and rigging structures, lighting, sound, power, dimming, amplification and control systems undertake fault-finding of components and systems e.g. eliminating feedback in a live audio system.
  • Under direction – deploy, operate and maintain technical equipment e.g. lighting: select appropriate luminaires and accessories, test, rig, connect and focus to plan.
  • Operate hand and power tools safely e.g. podger, adjustable spanner, drill driver and jigsaw.
  • Programme and operate computerised control equipment e.g. lighting, sound and automation control desks.
  • Set and change scenes in live performance – setting and striking scenic elements under ‘show conditions’.
  • Undertake cueing and live operation e.g. operating a follow spot to a show plot.
  • Operate suspension systems e.g. manual hemp, single and double purchase counterweight and automated theatrical flying systems.
  • As directed – inspect, maintain and monitor venue and production systems e.g. emergency lighting, relamping, first line repairs, rig-check.
  • Diligently undertake stage crafts such as scenic construction, carpentry and more.

  • Take personal responsibility for safety of self and others.
  • Have a flexible approach and will be adaptable to change.
  • Be willing to work unsociable hours in a variety of locations for extended periods.
  • Be punctual, reliable and personally responsible.
  • Be self-motivated with a positive and disciplined approach to work.
  • Have a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Develop professional working relationships and treat others with respect using appropriate channels and etiquette.
  • Have drive and determination to complete a task on time.


Charlotte Musselle


Working with Access Creative has helped to enhance our business. Their onboarding process was super thorough, giving us all the information and assistance we needed. The team didn’t just offer advice; they provided us with expert insights to help us make the right choices. It’s clear they’re committed to giving apprentices top-notch training whilst being super supportive to us companies.

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Noreen Riordan

Entec Sound & Light

The Live Event Technician L3 Apprenticeship, run by Access Industry, is an engaging course with great content and appropriate industry knowledge that translates well into the workplace.

It is an excellent opportunity for students to earn as they learn a trade while being supported in their development by tutors who know and care about the Creative Industry.

Overall, I am pleased and recommend that anyone wishing to enter the creative industry look at the courses available.

Find out more about Entec here.

Where do you see yourself?

This apprenticeship equips you with the skills to go onto:

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