CPC30216 Cert III in Signs and Graphics

(NB: This unit supersedes CPC32111 Cert III in Signage)

This qualification provides a trade outcome in signage. It has core unit requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as specialist field of work.
The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units to be delivered in this context.

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Employment Pathways

Signage Trades Person - Sign Maker

Entry Requirements

Individuals must hold industry experience prior to entering the qualification and or currently be employed in a permanent part time or full time capacity.

Course Units

Core Units: 7 core units

CPCCSG3001 Design and lay out digital signs for production
CPCCSG3002 Produce and apply vinyl signs
CPCCSG3003 Colour manage signs
CPCCSG3004 Print digital signs
CPCCSG3011 Install LED technology into signs
CPCCSG3012 Fabricate signs
CPCCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies

Elective units: Choose only 9 units

AURVTP2009 Apply vehicle body film wrapping
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
CPCCSG3016 Prepare surfaces for signs
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2010 Work safely on scaffolding higher than two metres
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 meters
CPCCSG3017 Erect and install signs
CPCCCM3003 Work safely around electrical sources, services and assets
MSMSUP106 Work in a Team
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the work place
MSMENV272 Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work

Apprenticeships include school based apprentices.


42 Months (3.5 years)

Delivery Mode

workplace based / face to face/ online.

Assessment Method

A range of assessment strategies is employed for this training program and the choice of strategy is dependent on the nature of the unit of competency. Strategies include demonstrations, observation, projects, presentations, knowledge tests, reports and interviews.


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Materials Required - All students must have access to a workplace that has personal protective equipment in place, including appropriate head attire and suitable tools of the trade, a computer and Internet access.

Education Pathways - After successful completion of this qualification, students may gain access to higher level qualifications in the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package or University programs.

Course Credit - Students may seek to have a unit(s) of competency formally recognised by transfer credit or recognition of prior learning RPL. Duration of study may be Shortened where credit(s) are obtained.

Fees and Funding - The course is funded by the State and Federal government and is valued at approximately $14,000. There is a student contribution fee Payable by the trainee or employer of approximately $2000 depending on the state the apprentice is employed in and the elective units chosen.

Concessions may apply ask us for detail about these. 

Who is a Candidate for an apprenticeship - Apprentices in the Signage industry include experienced workers who have not achieved a trade qualification, School based apprentices & young people new to full time work. RTA is managing apprentices of all ages and most of our learners are mature age workers. Typically these people have many years of experience in the sign industry and have never had the opportunity to gain a trade qualification.
We encourage employers to consider staff for a qualification who are mature age and have gained skillson the job. Recognition of Prior Learning RPL can be applied to shorten the study period for these people. The signage Industry is currently classed as skills shortage (priority one). The government assistance in the form of funded courses and incentive programs, is designed to increase the number of qualified people in the industry and maintain skills levels into the future.

Learn more about the Government incentives programs here.