Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

National Code: CPC30216
TAFE SA Code: TP01093


As an Apprentice in this course you will plan designs for residential and commercial spaces, learn the best techniques and create amazing work. Apprentices will have the opportunity to become a fully qualified signwriter by studying a course that covers all aspects of the sign industry.

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Up to 48 months 
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Total Fees for the 48 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Signwriter, Sign Manufacturer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Signs and Graphics (CPC30216)
    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. 7 core units plus 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Colour manage signs 20
    Design and lay out digital signs for production 60
    Fabricate signs 65
    Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies 30
    Install LED technology into signs 50
    Print digital signs 60
    Produce and apply vinyl signs 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic levelling procedures 8
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun 60
    Apply vehicle body film wrapping 20
    Carry out basic gas metal arc welding 20
    Engrave signs 40
    Erect and install signs 30
    Identify and apply information in construction plans, drawings and specifications 30
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Paint letters and decorative effects for signs 92
    Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20
    Prepare surfaces for signs 20
    Produce airbrushed signs 20
    Produce graphics using a graphics application 60
    Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres 80
    Work safely on scaffolding higher than two metres 8
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