How to become a sign maker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:
- computer-aided design
- graphic design
- art and design
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could do the Signage Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship to get into this career.
This will normally take 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply for jobs directly. It may be useful to have GCSEs, A levels, or equivalent qualifications, in subjects like design and technology or art and design. English, maths and ICT would also be helpful.
You might have an advantage if you have experience and qualifications in:
- computer numerical control (CNC) machining
- laser cutting
- printing and reprographics
If you're going to work as a sign installer, it may be helpful to get a Powered Access Licence, which would allow you to operate a mobile aerial platform. Some employers might put you through the licence course as part of your training.