National code: CPC30216

Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

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Overview About this course

Acquire the technical skills and knowledge you need to launch your career in signage and fulfill your creative pursuits. Learn about traditional and contemporary techniques, advanced printing software, technology and illumination to find your way in this expanding field.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Work with paints and drafting materials
    Design and layout digital signs for production
    Produce and apply vinyl signs
    Implement LED technology in signage
    Use tools and equipment to produce and erect signs and graphics

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Wide format digital printing
    Manufacturing a light box
    Engraving and cutting various substrates
    Mounting adhesive vinyl onto various substrates and vehicles
    Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business
    A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)
    In addition to meeting the above requirement, apprentices must:

    • Be employed as an apprentice in the signs and graphics industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
    • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application
      This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The ability to work at heights and outdoors
    Access to a computer and the internet
    Effective communication and numeracy skills
    Collaboration and teamwork skills
    The ability to buy your own personal protective equipment including work boots, high visibility clothing and a construction hard hat

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Sign manufacturer Signwriter Sign installer

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Signs and Graphics does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Signs and Graphics does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Signs and Graphics qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 7 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies CPCWHS3001

  • Fabricate signs CPCCSG3012

  • Design and lay out digital signs for production CPCCSG3001

  • Colour manage signs CPCCSG3003

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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