How to become an audio visual technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
There is no set entry route to become an audio visual technician.
It might help to do a level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology or a T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production. These courses will teach you some of the skills you'll need in an audio visual technician role.
Once you've finished the course, you could apply for a trainee job at a theatre, college or events company. Some employers might want you to have experience helping at a live event.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
You could apply to do a Creative Industries Production Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or an Audio Visual Technician Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.
If you'd like to install cinema, sound, lighting or security systems in homes, you could apply for a Smart Home Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant technician and work your way up.
You might find it useful to have experience and qualifications in broadcasting, sound technology or electronics.
You could volunteer with a charity, college or theatre group. This could help you get experience of setting up and running audio visual technology and software.
When applying for jobs, you'll find it useful if you have experience of setting up and using audio, visual and computer technology.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Production Services Association (PSA) or the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) for training, professional recognition and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about audio visual careers and training from ScreenSkills.
You can also find out about working in creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.