Become a fully qualified sign-writer by learning this creative trade with a Certificate III in Signs and Graphics at Victoria University Polytechnic.
This course will teach you the practical skills to design, manufacture and install a wide range of indoor and outdoor signage such as:
You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the sign industry, including:
- vinyl cutting
- sign fabrication
- sign installation
- sign design
- graphic design
- how to operate advanced computer design software
- how to produce signs on uneven surfaces
- sign writing
- how to produce engraved signs
- advanced vinyl application, such as vehicle wrapping
- heritage signage.
This is an apprenticeship course. You must be employed as signage apprentice.
Careers in signage and graphics
A Certificate III in Signs and Graphics from Victoria University Polytechnic will qualify you to work in the sign-writing industry. You’ll have practical trade skills as well as arts/graphic design skills. You could also work in visual merchandising, vehicle graphics and other graphic display jobs.
Potential job titles include:
- sign manufacturer/fabricator
- graphic pre-press trades worker
- graphics display manufacturer
- visual display manufacturer.
Work may be outdoors, or you may work producing signage in a factory or other indoor environment.
To be awarded the CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:
- seven (7) core units, and;
- nine (9) elective units, of which:
- nine (9) units may be chosen from the elective units listed in the CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics qualification, and;
- three (3) units may be chosen from other CPC Certificate III or Certificate IV qualifications, or another current training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.
The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- MSFFM3022 - Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
Units in Transition
The following unit/s will not be offered to prospective students. These units are only available for current/continuing students.
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of sign manufacturers who design and produce signs and graphics for a range of purposes. Signs and graphics can be produced using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques, often involving the use of advanced printing software and technology, and a range of methods for illumination and fabrication.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
As part of the Victoria University Polytechnic Pre-Training Review admission process, applicants are required to complete a literacy and number assessment to identify learning support needs.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered