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 need.
Once you've finished the course, you could try to find a trainee job at a theatre, college or events company. Some employers may 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 become an audio visual technican by doing a level 3 advanced apprenticeship, such as a:
- creative venue technician apprenticeship
- live event technician apprenticeship
- rigger apprenticeship
If you'd like to install cinema, lighting or security systems in homes, you could also do a smart home technician 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
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 would help you get experience of setting up and running audio visual technology and software.
Employers value experience, so it would improve your chances of finding work if you've got experience of setting up and using audio, visual and computer technology.
Professional and industry bodies
Professional bodies help you get professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about audio visual careers and training from ScreenSkills.
You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.