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What is a Master Sign Maker Accreditation?

A Master Sign Maker Accreditation is for a business that demonstrates exceptional proficiency across a diverse range of signage solutions, creative designs, and production methods and has proven to be reliable, trustworthy, and highly competent over a period of time.

The accreditation is awarded to the business and the employees within this that make the Master Sign Maker Accreditation valid. The Accreditation will belong to the business name if the minimum requirements of a Master Sign Maker Accreditation continue to be satisfied by the employees within the business.

The Benefits of Becoming a Master Sign Maker

  • Highlights Your businesses competency and credibility
  • Creates public awareness of professional sign makers
  • Nationwide recognition within the Industry and among authorities and regulators
  • Assures clients and customers of the highest level of workmanship, assessment and professionalism
  • Flags your business’s ability to meet mandatory requirements
  • Strengthens overall competitive edge and be seen as a leader


Industry accreditations are increasingly important in a world where standardization and certification are integral to the economy. Obtaining a Master Sign Maker accreditation for your business provides your clients with certainty in a complex and competitive business environment.

Signmakers’ manufacturing processes are technically diverse, encompassing everything from design illustrations and brand management to traditional hand lettering and digitally generated signage. This highlights the importance for modern sign shops to invest effort and funds into keeping up with ongoing changes in the industry.  Gaining a Master Sign Maker accreditation requires determination, professionalism, and a commitment to being the best in the field, continuing to raise industry standards to gain an overall competitive edge.

Applying for a Master Sign Makers Accreditation

Step 1: Application Process
Complete the Application Inquiry form and attach supporting documentation as outlined in the application criteria. The NZSDA Executive Board will review and assess your business’s suitability. If your application passes the accreditation process, the assessment process will begin and full payment for the accreditation will be required.

Step 2: Assessment Process
An on-site interview will be conducted by an approved NZSDA auditor who will assess your sign making systems and policies. You will need to demonstrate your sign making processes, techniques, and systems.

Step 3: Reporting and Decision
The NZSDA Executive board will review the assessment findings and decide whether to grant accreditation and if conditions are to be placed on it.

If approved, you will be issued a Master Sign Maker Framed Certificate of Accreditation and receive brand guidelines for use with your NZSDA logo and business logo.  If not approved, you will receive an email outlining the reasons why. The NZSDA Executive board may provide training and/or advice for reapplication.

Application Fees:
A one-off, non-refundable fee of $1,500+GST is payable once the application is accepted for assessment. The accreditation remains valid for the life of the Master Sign Maker membership. If the business applicant is not successful, the fee will not be refunded.

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