Signmaking

If you want a career where you can get creative and use a variety of practical skills to produce a wide range of signage, signmaking could suit you.

Employers

We partner with your industry association like the New Zealand Sign and Display Association (NZSDA) and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like the annual NZSDA conference and celebrate your learners’ success as a proud supporter of the annual Signmaking Apprentice of the Year Award.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need

National qualifications

Competenz manages and supports apprenticeships for the sign making industry via our four year programme that currently incorporates the Level 3 and Level 4 New Zealand Certificates in Signmaking (total 240 credits).

An employee who completes an apprenticeship will have a solid grounding in their trade, knowledge of business operations, problem solving skills and a highly respected and widely recognised qualification.

The purpose of this apprenticeship programme is to provide the signmaking industry with individuals who have attained sufficient competencies and capabilities to work in the industry and help advance in the signmaking industry. Graduates will be capable of operating at an advanced level with no supervision.

Other training options include completing just one National Certificate or a limited credit training program to suit your needs. Specialisations within these qualifications include:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the signmaking industry with individuals who have attained sufficient competencies and capabilities to work in the industry, either by way of apprenticeship or in general employment. Graduates will be capable of operating at a basic level with some supervision.

It is designed for people who are employed in either a specialised signmaking business or the signmaking division of another business and who are undertaking general production activities in signmaking. The qualification has been developed to encourage learners to train to higher levels in a formal programme of training, and to credential employee capabilities.

It recognises knowledge and skills that will support competent job performance, the future introduction of new technologies within the industry, further personal up-skilling in the workplace, and meeting of customer requirements.

NZQA qualification overview

Graduates of this qualification will be capable of operating at an advanced level with no supervision and is designed for experienced people working in the signmaking industry.People undertaking this qualification will either work in a specialised signmaking business or the signmaking division of another business, and will be involved with general and complex signmaking production activities.

Developed to encourage learners to train to higher levels in a formal programme of training (snd to credential employee capabilities) it recognises knowledge and skills that will support competent job performance, the future introduction of new technologies within the industry, further personal up-skilling in the workplace, and the meeting of customer requirements.

This level four qualification has a pre-requisite of New Zealand Certificate in Signmaking (Level 3) and provides a pathway to qualifications in management.
Training Programme

Each training programme contains compulsory modules and optional modules to suit your business requirements. These include:

  • Design and layout Vector signs 
  • Produce images for signs digitally 
  • Print – large format 
  • Print finishing – large format 
  • Write signs manually 
  • Screen print signs 
  • Apply advanced decorative forms 
  • Produce and install illuminated signs 
  • Produce signs using engraving systems 
  • Fabricate and install non-electrical signs 
  • Apply special effects 
  • Apply self-adhesive vinyl 
  • Sign installation 

You can also choose some modules from Competenz’s digital processes training programme. These include:

  • Vector and raster illustrations 
  • Colour management 
  • Create simple jobs using digital processes for printing 
  • Digital photography 
  • Create and design multipage documents digitally for printing 
  • Digital printing of client files 

Competenz provides introductory and foundation skills training as part of the induction process for people recently employed in the workplace. These skills may include customer service or basic trade knowledge which will help them cement the basics and understand different processes.

Many people have worked in a company for a long time and have a broad range of skills and knowledge, without any formal qualifications. It’s possible to recognise these existing skills which can be assessed against the qualification criteria if the employee meets the competency standard. 

NZSDA members also qualify for discounted fees.

NZQA qualification overview