Help your students discover their performance potential

ACPA’s 10192NAT Certificate II in Performing Arts course is designed for students ready to take their first step into the performing arts industry, improve their pathways into tertiary education, or prepare for future employment.

As well as being offered at ACPA in Brisbane, it can be delivered in other urban, regional and rural areas by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) or in conjunction with ACPA through a 3rd-party arrangement. Depending on the nature of the delivery required, the course can be offered over one or two years, and is also available for delivery through the VET-in-Schools program. Students completing this Certificate may also earn four points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Delivered through nine compulsory core units of music, dance and acting, this foundation course teaches:

A nationally accredited professional qualification, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are encouraged to participate.

For more information, please contact the Certificate II Program Coordinator Judith Barker on 07 3216 1490 or email

10192NAT Certificate II in Performing Arts

This qualification is made up of nine core units as described in the Course Units section.

Total supervised hours: 265 hours

Total unsupervised hours: 350 hours which may comprise:

  • participating in community rehearsals and performances
  • rehearsing scripts, music, songs and dance routines
  • researching performing artists, performance styles, background material for performances
  • monitoring and recording fitness levels, diet and training program
  • liaising with community and elders
  • listening to music and watching films

Early exit points are not applicable.

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed.

Completion of the Certificate II qualification provides 4 of the 20 credits required for the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Core Units
Unit Code Unit Title Nominal Hours
CUAACT301 Develop basic acting techniques 30
CUAMLT201 Develop and apply musical ideas and listening skills 25
CUADAN201 Develop basic dance techniques 20
CUADAN205 Perform basic contemporary dance technique 45
CUSMPF301A Develop technical skills in performance 20
CUAPRF201 Prepare for performances 35
CUAMPF204 Play or sing music from simple written notation 30
CUAPRF305 Perform in ways that respect customary law, ethics and traditions 20
CUAWHS201 Develop a basic level of physical condition for dance performance 40

This course is currently offered to students who have reached a minimum Year 9 level. Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) considerations are taken into account.

For any participants who wish to undertake the course outside the school environment, an LLN assessment process will be undertaken, aligned with the ACSF guidelines for this course level and criteria, to ensure additional support is provided if required.

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