This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to erect and install signs to surfaces and structures, safely and according to client requirements. The unit supports installers of signs working in a range of settings who must ensure appropriate permits are in place prior to erecting a sign, that the surface is suitable for installing the sign, and that appropriate fasteners and fixings have been selected for the task.

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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 erect and install two signs as follows: - one sign must measure at least 1200 x 2400 mm, be constructed of aluminium no more than 5 mm thick, and be fixed using appropriate fixings and fastenings to one of the following surfaces: acrylic; glass; masonry; metal; plasterboard; plastic; timber, and; - one sign must measure at least 1200 x 2400 mm, be constructed of aluminium no more than 5 mm thick, and be positioned as a freestanding sign to two aluminium posts or poles measuring no less than 90 x 90 mm. In doing the above work, the person must: - check and confirm the need for planning permissions to install the signs in specified location; - check and confirm the site for services and assets below ground; - assess the sign installation requirements relevant to the work site, identifying potential risks and hazards and demonstrating measures to mitigate potential work site risks and hazards; - ensure the structural integrity of the supporting background, including taking steps to ensure reinforcement is arranged if required; - follow safety procedures when erecting and installing above signs; - identify and select methods for erecting and installing above signs, including selecting tools, fasteners and fixings giving consideration to the characteristics of the signs, and; - prepare the work site for installation and install the signs according to job requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - purpose and application of the following when erecting and installing signs: safety data sheets (SDS); safe work method statements (SWMS); - effect of mechanical and chemical fixings and fastenings used to install signs on different surfaces; - load bearing specifications for a range of fastener and fixing measurements and calculations relating to material quantities; - relevant Australian and New Zealand standards in relation to the installation of signs; - statutory and regulatory authority requirements; - types and uses of tools and equipment used for installing signs, and; - processes and practices for working safely around power sources, services and assets.

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