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Audio visual technician

Alternative titles for this job include AV technician

Audio visual technicians set up and operate sound, lighting and video equipment at events, conferences and performances.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become Audio visual technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

You could take a course to get some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job. Courses include:

  • digital media
  • creative media production and technology
  • T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production

Once you've finished your course, you could apply for a trainee job at a theatre, college, production company or events organisation. Some employers might want you to have experience of helping with live or online events.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could apply to do an apprenticeship, for example:

  • Creative Industries Production Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Audio Visual Technician Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Broadcast and Media Systems Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

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

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Work

You could start as an assistant technician and work your way up through training and promotion.

Experience and qualifications in broadcast engineering, sound technology or electronics may help when it comes to applying for jobs.

Volunteering

You could volunteer with a charity, community group or theatre. This could help you get experience of setting up and running audio visual equipment.

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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.

Further information

You can get more information on audio visual careers from ScreenSkills.

You can also learn about working in the wider creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an audio visual (AV) technician you could:

  • work with event organisers to draw up a production plan
  • set up and test sound, lighting and video equipment, and program control systems
  • carry out pre-event safety checks and fix faults
  • operate equipment during events in line with instructions
  • pack up equipment at a venue ready for storage or transportation
  • train others in the safe use of AV equipment

Working environment

You could work at a conference centre, in a theatre, at a recording studio, at a college or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • manage an audio visual (AV) department, for example in a college or university
  • specialise in lighting or sound design
  • provide bespoke systems in homes and businesses
  • move into AV equipment services and sales
  • become self employed and install screens and equipment in music venues, sports stadiums and transport hubs

You might also wish to become an events manager or broadcast engineer.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Audiovisual Technician Apprentice - North West, North Wales and Northern Ireland Office

  • Wage: £22,100 a year Annually
  • Location: Bag Lane, Atherton, Manchester

Audiovisual Technician Apprentice - Midlands and Mid Wales Office

  • Wage: £22,100 a year Annually
  • Location: Unit 2E, 4020 Siskin Parkway East, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry

Courses In England

Sound Design for Film and Media 3 - Video Games

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 23 April 2025
  • Location: London

Sound Engineering Extended Certificate

  • Provider: ONE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Ipswich

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