Signage and Graphics

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VET Certificate II in  Signage


This certificate course is carried out at Catholic Regional College Sydenham in the Trade Training Centre. The classroom/workspace also acts as a shop front to the business SYD Signs. The business is open to the public, giving the students the opportunity to enhance their customer service skills as well as the specific trade training of this program. To create a pathway to an industry that is experiencing a large shortage of trade apprentices.

Course Description

Catholic Regional College Sydenham’s Trade Training Centre is one of two RTO’s  delivering a Cert II in Signage & Graphics in Australia. The Sign & Graphics industry is expanding with high demand for apprentices.  By offering the Certificate II at CRC Sydenham prepares the student, while still at school to be ‘job ready’. This qualification gives the opportunity to gain units of competency towards an apprenticeship.

The Cert II course covers subjects that includes sign design, use of signmaking software such as Illustrator and how to measure and complete calculations relevant to sign production, the production of signs using plotters, large format digital printers and a CNC router.  The student will learn how to create hand painted signs using traditional tools such as brushes and a mahl stick. They will obtain a White Card and First Aid Certificate, all basic skills to continue a career in the Sign and Graphics industry or further their studies into areas such as design, architecture or trades.

A Certificate II in Signage covers so many genres, every student has the ability to find their niche in an industry that is versatile, fun and rewarding.

Qualification Outline

Vocational Education and Training (VET) accredited courses are developed in response to Victorian industry, enterprise and/or community needs. Where no relevant training package or endorsed units of competency currently exist VET accredited courses are made up of units of competency, which can be:

  • imported from a current nationally endorsed training package
  • developed specifically for the course
  • imported from another accredited course (with permission from the course owner).

The qualification requires the achievement of 11 units of competency in accordance with the following rules

10 core units

1 Elective unit

Year 1

Code Unit of Competence Core/Elective Prerequisites Nominal Hours
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry* Core Nil 6
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core Nil 20
HLTAID011 Provide first aid Core Nil 18
CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core Nil 20
VU23071 Use sign industry tools and equipment Core CPCCCM1015




Produce basic signs

Prepare surfaces for signs







CPCCCM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core Nil 20
  Total Hours 244

Year 2

Code Unit of Competence Core/Elective Prerequisites Nominal Hours
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights Core CPCCWHS2001 8
VU23073 Produce basic computer aided manufactured vinyl signs Core Nil 130
VU23075 Operate a CNC machine to produce signage components Elective CPCCWHS2001 20
Total Hours 158

Delivery strategies and allocated hours Face-to-Face Theory and Practical Independent learning Total Hours Delivery Period
Year 1 160 84 244 Delivery is over 80 weeks (2 years)
Year 2 120 38 158
Total 280 122 402
*unit delivered by external RTO

Course Delivery

Vocational Education and Training Programs are conducted under the auspices of various Registered Training Organisations. This certificate course is delivered by CRCIT Students who are continuously absent may receive a N (Not Satisfactory) result for the unit of study or failure to abide this commitment may also result in their withdrawal from the program.

 Structured Workplace Learning

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment to be undertaken in a real or simulated workplace environment. Students are required to work in the Trade Training Centre’s workshop and they will be actively involved in dealing with customers, sales and production of orders from the general public as well as orders from other businesses.