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Apprenticeship training course

Signage technician (level 3)

Design, manufacture, fabricate and install signage.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Graphic sign maker
  • Graphics installer
  • Large format printer
  • Letter maker
  • Neon glass bender
  • Production department team member
  • Road sign maker and fitter
  • Sign designer
  • Sign installation technician
  • Sign maker
  • Sign writer
  • Signage fitter
  • Transport and vehicle wrapper
  • Vinyl applicator
  • Wide format printer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret information, for example customer briefs, specifications and work instructions.
  • Conduct site survey.
  • Calculate costs and prepare quotations.
  • Plan and schedule work.
  • Prepare for signage work.
  • Use graphic design software to design signage.
  • Create pre-fabrication files/instructions.
  • Select and use materials and components.
  • Assemble signs.
  • Trim, clean and add fixing features to signage such as eyelets, hinges and brackets, as required.
  • Protect materials and signs to prevent damage during manufacture, transportation and storage.
  • Apply, install or erect signs.
  • Check signage materials and products against quality requirements.
  • Identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace; advise on and apply control measures.
  • Comply with health and safety regulations and requirements.
  • Comply with organisational and statutory environmental and sustainability considerations: safe disposal of waste, recycling of materials and efficient use of resources.
  • Select, set up, complete pre-checks and operate sign-making machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Maintain work area, tools and equipment for example, charge batteries and sharpen blades.
  • Use access equipment in the installation process, for example ladders, fixed and mobile platforms.
  • Communicate with colleagues and/or stakeholders – verbal, written or electronic; use industry terminology.
  • Complete documentation for example job sheets, maintenance records.
  • Rectify or report issues.

Full information on Signage technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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