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CPC30216

Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

Develop your career in residential or commercial construction with this hands-on signage and graphics course.

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TIME Anytime
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Course overview

Learn practical skills to design, manufacture, paint and install signs for displays, buildings, billboards, boats and structures. Whether you are a new employee, apprentice or existing worker, this course will enhance your employability as a sign writer or sign manufacturer.

With commercial building forecast to maintain moderate growth over the next five years, and population growth supporting underlying demand for new housing construction, the job outlook remains positive in building and construction. Computer-based technology and innovations are also driving particular demand for specialist skills.

This course covers core units common across the construction industry, as well as signage specific skills. You’ll be taught to carry out measurements and calculations, prepare surfaces and produce vinyl, fabric, screen-print, digital and LED signage.

You will be taught by trade-qualified teachers with years of experience. Our teachers maintain close industry ties, ensuring training reflects current industry practice. Our large-scale training spaces replicate commercial and residential settings, delivering a hands-on training experience.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the practical skills and confidence to manufacture and install signs in metal or plastic using a variety of techniques. If completed as part of an apprenticeship, this course will allow you to apply for a trade qualification.

What can I do?

  • Sign Manufacturer
  • Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker
  • Sign Writer

Course outcome:

CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

Trade skills assessment and gap training program

If you can demonstrate substantial competency in this qualification, you may be able to access funding for recognition of prior learning and gap training through the Trade Skills and Assessment Gap Training (TSAGT) program. TAFE Queensland is a proud recipient of funding from the Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) for this program. Only eligible participants may receive funding for eligible courses. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

Industry connections

At TAFE Queensland we maintain strong and relevant industry connections. Our teachers have their finger on the pulse and are equipped to guide you through your education to give you the ability to meet and exceed expectations set within the business world.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 9 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3001
    Design and lay out digital signs for production
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design and lay out signs using industry-recognised design software and to prepare files to be print ready. The unit supports sign manufacturers who design and modify signs according to client requirements and prepare artwork for a range of diverse outputs, which can include vehicles, posters, billboards and panels.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Design and lay out digital signs for production

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3002
    Produce and apply vinyl signs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3002
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce simple and complex vinyl signs using relevant software, vinyl plotters and weeding tools. The unit supports sign manufacturers who produce vinyl signs according to client requirements, for attachment to a range of surfaces, including vehicles, metals and glass.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce and apply vinyl signs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3003
    Colour manage signs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3003
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to assess and apply colour consistently across a range of visual media used to produce signs. It requires the application of colour theory and an ability to use industry-recognised software, hardware and colour matching systems for a range of output devices. The unit supports sign manufacturers working with different media where the accuracy and consistency of colour are critical to the quality of the final product.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Colour manage signs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3004
    Print digital signs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3004
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce finished signs from print ready digital files, using printers and their associated software. Signs can be printed on to a range of substrates, including paper, vinyl, glass, fabric and aluminium composite, using a range of printing technology and equipment. They may also be laminated for protection. The unit supports sign manufacturers using industry-recognised software and printing equipment to produce signs that are displayed for commercial, advertising, informative and promotional purposes.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Print digital signs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3011
    Install LED technology into signs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3011
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to select and install light emitting diode (LED) systems into signs. It covers identifying the appropriate LED system to achieve job requirements, laying out and installing the system into position, and connecting and circuit testing the system to ensure consistent distribution of light. The unit supports sign manufacturers producing illuminated signs. It applies to signs illuminated using LED technology, including light boxes and fabricated letters which, depending on how the modules are positioned inside the letter, will produce either face-illuminated or halo-lit signs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install LED technology into signs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCSG3012
    Fabricate signs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCSG3012
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to fabricate signs using acrylic sheets and metal framing. Fabricated signs are used for a range of purposes, including light boxes, point of sale product trays, monoliths, pylons and individual letters. The unit supports sign manufacturers who fabricate custom-made signs in response to client design requirements.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Fabricate signs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCWHS3001
    Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCWHS3001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to participate in preparing a job safety analysis (JSA) for general hazards, or a safe work method statement (SWMS) for high risk work hazards, on construction sites according to the level of responsibility of the work role as specified in work health and safety (WHS) legislation. The unit supports construction workers undertaking work on a construction site alone or as part of a team to identify hazards and select risk control strategies. It applies to construction work on residential and commercial work sites in new construction, renovation or refurbishment, and maintenance projects. No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit of competency at the time of endorsement.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Signs and Graphics (CPC30216)

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Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

COURSE CODE: CPC30216
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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