Signage, and Painting & Decorating

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The signs are good for your future

Do you have a creative streak? Do you love working with your hands? Studying a course in painting or sign writing means you could join a busy and interesting industry and even work towards running your own business.

You’ll learn how to work from sketches, work with computers and combine creativity with practical designs. You’ll create billboards, road signs, logos, labels, business signs and much, much more. 

You’ll plan designs for residential and commercial spaces, learn the best techniques, and create amazing work. It’s a hand-on career in an industry with great opportunities.

Sydney TAFE is for you

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your painting or signage career.

  • Leaving school? Programs are available to you whenever you left school and give you the foundation skills to start work.
  • Launching your career? Courses can take you from an apprenticeship through to owning your own business.
  • Time for a change? Formalise your qualifications if you’re in the industry or upskill.

Courses in painting or signage for every career

  • Pre-vocational classes. Just left school? We help students to gain apprenticeships and skills.
  • Apprenticeships. First-year apprenticeships and mature-age students.
  • Skills Express. We’ll make sure your experience and knowledge gets you to a formal qualification faster.
  • Outreach. Earn up to three units of competency and a head-start on your way to actual qualifications.

Online, flexible and fast-track options

Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life and work experience so you finish your qualification faster.

If you are already working in either the painting or signage industry and want to build on your career, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Sydney TAFE is always developing innovative ways to deliver its courses, including evening and online options.

Signage apprentice taking on the world

Brenden Watson is taking his Sydney TAFE-honed skills far beyond the walls of Sydney TAFE. Thanks to a supportive employer, his training means he is now helping to develop the company’s production methods and align the business with modern technology in signage.

He also applied his skills to winning the regional WorldSkills competition – where apprentices pit their skills against the best – and now hopes for greater glory when he competes at the national titles in Perth.

“TAFE can open up so many options,” says Brenden. “You can make a network of friends who are willing to help you.”

Build new career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set through other programs, from a Work Health & Safety (WH&S) course to a Business Advanced Diploma.

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas

  • Building, Construction and Plumbing
  • Business Management and Office Administration
  • Further Study, HSC and Higher Education Preparation
  • Interior Design

Signage, and Painting & Decorating courses and related careers

Industry partners include:

Master Painter Association | Australian Signage and Graphic Association | Visual Industry Suppliers Association | Trotec Laser | Gloss Creative | Country Road.

Industry facts sourced from: Service Skills Australia Environmental Scan 2014; Job Outlook, Australian Government Department of Employment;

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