Accredited training - stage

The level 3 course in Audio Description Skills (Stage) is the recommended training route for all describers working in professional theatre.  It aims to equip learners with the core skills and knowledge required to describe theatre and other forms of live entertainment.

The course leads to the Certificate in Audio Description Skills (Stage) awarded by Certa, an awarding body recognised by qualification regulators throughout the UK.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 who has:

  • the ability to summarise information accurately and objectively
  • a good command of the English language
  • a clear and pleasant speaking voice
  • good sight and hearing
  • the ability to work as a team
  • and successfully completes a pre-course interview and/or audition tasks.

The course is run over 5 x 7 hours days within a time span of four to six weeks.  It also involves an additional 25 hours of home study and theatre work between sessions.  Either one or two trainers delivers the course (depending on the number of learners) with input from a blind or partially sighted advisor during some of the teaching sessions and live assessment tasks.  Learners must complete all six assessment tasks to the required standard to achieve the certificate.

Maximum number of learners:

Fee for individuals:  £800 per learner, including Certa's learner’s registration charge, currently £25 per head.

Fees for venues commissioning a course:

5 - 6 learners (delivered by 2 trainers), £4,800 per course.                                                                

2 - 4 learners, (delivered by 1 trainer) £1,875 - £3,200 per course,  depending on numbers.

These fees include Certa learner's registration charge, currently £25 per head, and exclude venue/equipment hire charges.

For further information, contact ADA’s Training Coordinator: