Signs & Graphics Competition

Sign manufacturers design and produce signs and graphics for marketing purposes. Signs can be produced using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques, often involving advanced printing software and technology, and a range of methods for illumination and fabrication. People who work in this industry tend to have strong visual skills. They are responsible for graphic design elements using design software, as well as the physical production of signs, for example, applying a large vinyl sticker to a board and mounting it for display. Sign manufacturers need to be able to read layouts and blueprints and interpret drawings in order to turn them into actual signs that can be displayed in many places including the exterior of buildings, interior walls, billboards, and vehicles. Sign manufacturers acquire skills in digital printing, Led signage, vehicle signage, commercial signage, and fabrication and manufacturing.


  • Are a visual person
  • Have an interest and ability in drawing and design
  • Are good with grammar and spelling
  • Have good eyesight and colour vision
  • Have both creative and practical skills
  • Like working with a variety of materials
  • Can manage competing deadlines
  • Are comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces


The WorldSkills Australia Signs & Graphics Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Signs & Graphics Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Signs & Graphics Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

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Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Signage Competitions are aligned to the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package (Release 9.4) Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Signage is aligned to the following units of competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the CPC 30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics (Release 1) Qualification including:

  • CPCCWHS3001 – Identify construction work hazards and selected control strategies
  • CPCCSG3016 – Prepare surfaces for signs
  • CPCCCM3004 – Identify and apply information in construction plans, drawings and specifications
  • CPCCCM2006 – Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCSG3001 – Design and layout digital signs for production
  • CPCCSG3004 – Print digital signs
  • CPCCSG3002 – Produce and apply vinyl signs
  • CPCCSG3003 – Colour manage signs

Regional Tasks

Competitors use their skills in designing and making to complete a series of projects used in the signage trade today. Design, digital print and finish a monochromatic portrait design banner – apply digital print and vinyl lettering to an uneven surface – design, digital print and finish a landscape poster – WH&S.

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Signage is aligned to the following units of competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the CPC 30216 Certificate III in Signage Qualification.

In addition to Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • CPCCSG3011 – Install LED technology into signs
  • CPCCSG3011 – Install LED technology into signs
  • AURVTP2009 – Apply vehicle body film wrapping

National Tasks

In addition to the Regional requirements the National also includes:

  • Design and fabricating a LED Sign. Install LEDs and get lights operating.
  • Create a Vehicle Wrap of a vehicle side. Apply vinyl lettering and graphics.

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days


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