Certificate in Audio Production - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

08 February to 22 November 2019


One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Certificate in Audio Production students learn how to use a range of equipment and software as well as understanding the fundamentals of sound recording and mixing. 

Students will also acquire skills and knowledge that are required by the industry and directly relevant to gaining employment, leading to further training, enabling them to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Audio Production.

CAP100 Introductory Mathematics for Audio
Provides students with a grounding in the mathematics required for acoustics and electronics as they relate to audio production.

CAP110 Introductory Physics for Audio
Provides students with knowledge of basic physical principles required for the audio industry.

CAP120 Fundamentals of Studio Recording
Provides students with a basic grounding in the principles and usage of equipment commonly found in the studio environment.

CAP130 IT Skills
Provides students with the IT skills necessary to support research and essay writing within the certificate in addition to fundamental IT skills required for digital signal processing.

CAP140 Academic Skills
Personal communication skills are developed with the intention of preparing professionals to operate their people skills successfully. Writing skills, and basic researching, are also developed.

CAP150 Audio Software Basics
Introduces students to theory and application of MIDI and to the fundamentals of audio wave editing.

CAP160 Basic Music Theory
Provides students with the fundamental musical knowledge they will require should they choose to enter the audio recording industry or to further their education in this field.

CAP170 Fundamentals of Sound Reinforcement
Provides students with a basic grounding in the fundamentals of sound reinforcement.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tutorial fees
  • 2019 Direct material costs of only $498 (GST inclusive).

International Fees can be found here.

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have acquired the relevant skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career in the audio industry and have gained the level of knowledge required for application to enter into the Bachelor of Audio Production.

All applicants should have a keen interest or experience in audio and attributes, which demonstrate that they have a reasonable chance of successfully completing the programme.

School leavers will have preferably completed four years of secondary school education.  Mature students are welcome to apply.

Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below. 

  • IELTS test: Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 71 or higher (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 47 or higher
  • NZCEL: Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic.

To have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Audio Production you must have:


  • Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme. 
  • Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments. Successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 120 credits.


Students completing this programme and wishing to continue their music and audio production education are encouraged to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Contemporary Music or Bachelor of Audio Production programmes.

Classes are held Monday to Thursday, 9.00am-4.00pm and Friday 9.00am-12.00pm at the SIT Sound campus (corner Don & Deveron Streets, Invercargill) or at SIT Downtown / Centrestage Theatre (Don St).