This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manually paint signs on surfaces, comprised of various letter types and graphics. It covers setting out the sign to scale from a smaller design template using different layout methods; selecting and using tools and equipment to paint letters and graphics; and using brush strokes, techniques and decorative effects to achieve the desired result.  The unit supports sign manufacturers who produce customised signs that are painted directly on to surfaces for a range of purposes, including advertising boards and retail signs.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - must produce four hand-painted signs using both simple and decorative lettering, and; - signs must be produced to scale and measure a minimum of 1 square metre for at least two of the following surfaces: glass; masonry; metals; plastics; wood. One of the above hand-painted signs must include a small graphic logo with at least four different colours. A different layout method must be used for each of the above signs, ensuring that the following four methods are used in total: computer-generated; direct on to substrate; overhead projection; pounce method. In doing the above work, the person must demonstrate: - correct use of techniques to measure, and calculate and apply scale and dimension when producing the final sign; - correct selection and use of brushes, paints and brush techniques to produce job requirements; - correct preparation of paints and other tools and equipment; - application of health and safety requirements, and; - assessment of own work throughout the process, and identification and rectification of faults in painting letters and decorative effects.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics, style and sign-writing techniques for simple alphabets; - characteristics, style and sign-writing techniques for decorative alphabets; - methods for calculating and applying dimensions and scale when laying out signs; - contents of and terms used in safe work method statements (SWMS) applicable to sign-writing to decorative forms; - principles of design applicable to lettering; - relevant Australian standards; - purpose and application of manufacturer specifications when working with paints and chemicals used to sign write decorative forms; - statutory and regulatory authority requirements relating to painting letters and decorative effects for signs; - techniques to produce layout accurately to balanced design, and; - terminology and use of abbreviations in the signs and graphics industry.

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