Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
29 January 2024
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Become a fully qualified sign-writer and master the art of signwriting by learning this creative trade with a Certificate III in Signs and Graphics CPC30216 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:

  • vinyl
  • fabric
  • screen-print
  • digital
  • LED.

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.

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A Certificate III in Signs and Graphics CPC30216 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:

  • signwriter
  • 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.

Course structure

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).




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).

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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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
This course has local admission requirements: Applicants must be employed as an apprentice. Applicants must have a training contract with their employer, this contract must be registered with the VRQA and the apprentice must have been issued with an Epsilon number.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024

Before you apply

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