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Kick-start your career as a print machinist, digital or offset printer or screen printer. Learn to work on a range of printed products and be employed in print companies, publishing houses and fabric printing companies.

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TAFE NSW signage courses are taught in hands-on environments by industry-expert teachers. Apprenticeships may be available on your way to an in-demand career.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30715) online options available

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Don’t wait for a sign. Create your own with a printing or signs and graphics qualification at TAFE NSW.

If you enjoy being creative and working with your hands, love big, bold visual communication and graphic design, enjoy old-school print communications, letterpress, and vivid inks, then a career in printing, signs and graphics could be for you.

TAFE NSW has a number of printing and signage courses to help you start and progress your career in this dynamic and creative industry. Our courses include:

Study signs and graphics at TAFE NSW and you will learn traditional and contemporary signwriting, visual communication and graphic design techniques.

You will learn by doing and be guided by teachers with real industry experience. You will learn to work with paints and drafting materials, design and lay-out digital signs for production, produce and apply vinyl signs, use LED technology in signage, and how to work safely.

A printing, signs and/or graphics qualification from TAFE NSW could lead to a career as a:

  • Designer
  • Desktop publisher
  • Pre-press technician
  • Printing operator
  • Print machinist
  • Digital or offset printer
  • Screen printer
  • Ink mixer
  • Press operator
  • Sign manufacturer or installer
  • Signwriter
  • Print finisher

Printing and signwriting are trades which means most people begin their career as an apprentice. As an apprentice, you’ll learn on-the-job with your employer and study with a VET provider like TAFE NSW.

Become a printer with a Certificate III in Printing or Certificate III in Print Manufacturing, or start your signwriting career with a Certificate III in Signs and Graphics.

The printing industry in Australia is worth $8 billion with more than 4,500 printing businesses in operation. It’s not only catalogues and pamphlets being printed. Thanks to 3D printing technology, printers are now helping to produce industry prototypes such as medical implants and sustainable fabrics.

This shift from traditional to digital printing means there is a need for new ways of thinking and a demand for innovative, adaptable professionals to continue to grow and transform the industry.

At the same time, the graphic design and sign manufacturing industry is one of the largest industries in Australia, with companies manufacturing a diverse range of products.

While traditional signage products are in-demand, there has been an increase in the digital signage market. This makes now a great time to enrol in a TAFE NSW signs and graphics course and learn the skills to take the industry forward.

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