National Certificate: Radio Production                                                        

 Accreditation by MICT Seta


The purpose of this Qualification is for learners to be able to produce radio programmes. The National Certificate in Radio Production at NQF Level 5 is generic across commercial, public and community service fields. The community impact of this Qualification includes the presentation of job opportunities to which all-cultural groups have access, through community radio broadcasting. The Qualification is also wide ranging, cutting across a broad spectrum of the economy.


The Qualification was designed to accommodate radio programmes relevant to all audiences. The Qualification aims at enabling learners to be employable in all three sectors (public, commercial and community). Production, packaging, journalistic, content development are competencies required across all three tiers of broadcasting and the qualification will allow the competent learners to be employable in all sectors of radio not just community radio. The Qualification will enable the learners to make value judgements; packaging calls for putting elements together in a unique and creative manner, producing calls for a process of research, conceiving ideas and actualising those ideas.


This Qualification requires learners not just to make products but also to be able to develop content for radio broadcasts. 


Qualifying learners are capable of: 


  • Operating within relevant legislative frameworks.

  • Operating a variety of studio and field recording and production audio equipments.

  • Building resource networks relevant to radio productions.

  • Producing live and studio broadcasting.

  • Generating and pitching ideas for programmes and items for transmission.

  • Researching content for radio broadcasts.

  • Scriptwriting a programme.

  • Operating a variety of studio and field recording and production audio equipment.

  • Producing live and studio programmes and items for transmission.

  • Editing and mixing programmes and items for transmission.

  • Presenting radio programmes/items (generate unit standard).

  • Interviewing guests/panels/content providers. 


This qualification consits of the following unit standards:


Core 252446 Acquire copyright permissions

Core 117557 Analyse scripts for production

Core 12499 Edit sound

Core 12603 Final mix sound tracks for a production

Core 110360 Interview for a variety of journalistic purposes

Core 243970 Obtain and transfer sound

Core 117563 Operate studio equipment for broadcast 

Core 12606 Operate studio equipment for radio production

Core 13813 Package a radio programme using analogue sound equipment  

Core 14365 Prepare and operate sound equipment from a location for a radio broadcast

Core 12607 Produce a live radio broadcast

Core 117559 Produce studio recorded programmes

Core 117560 Propose ideas for radio programmes and items

Core 12599 Run a transmission on-air 

Core 117564 Write radio scripts

Fundamental 252037 Build teams to achieve goals and objectives

Fundamental 117546 Collect information for journalistic use

Fundamental 115791 Use language and communication strategies for vocational and occupational learning

Elective 117561 Adapt radio content  

Elective 13810 Record a radio drama

Elective 13805 Select and assemble sound to support visual images  

Elective 12605 Interview and lead discussion for radio broadcast purposes 


The duration to completion is one year.  Lectures are held three days a week followed by hands-on practicals in the studios. Students that complete the course succesfully will be awared the National Certificate: Radio Production