The Australian Music Association (AMA) and Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association (APTTA) welcome the news that the Certificate IV in Piano Technology has been approved.
The Cabinetmaking & Pathways Project presented eight qualifications, including the Certificate IV in Piano Technology (MSF40522) which was approved by the Furnishing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) of IBSA and the Australian Industry and Skills Commission (AISC). A 12-month transition period also applies to any of the existing qualifications moving across to the new training packages.
AMA Executive Officer Alex Masso said ‘this qualification is an important pillar in meeting the needs of piano technicians, and of course the consumers that require a piano technician, in Australia. Australia maintains a steady supply of new pianos, and more than 7,000 acoustic pianos were imported to Australia last year alone. These all require tuning on arrival and regular tuning and maintenance, and Australia needs a workforce that can maintain the level of skills to service these instruments.
APTTA President Bradley Saul said ‘this industry and craft is specialised work and we need to train the next generation of Piano Tuners & Technicians into the future. We know there is still strong demand and we need a skilled workforce to maintain all the pianos across Australia”.
A number of companies and piano technicians have been closely involved in developing this qualification and working towards a training solution.