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 but it may be useful to do a college course like:
- Level 2 Technical Diploma in Digital Audio and Visual Production
- Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
- Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage
- T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production
This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. You could then try to find a trainee job with a theatre, college or events company. Some employers may prefer you to have experience of live events.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 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 get into this job through a creative venue technician or live event technician or rigger advanced apprenticeship.
You could also do a smart home technician advanced apprenticeship if you install and set up digital technology in people's houses, for example home cinema, sound, lighting and security systems.
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. Experience and qualifications in broadcast and sound technology, or electronics, would be useful.
You could volunteer with a charity, college or theatre group to 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
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.