Unit of competency details

BSBADV509A - Create mass print media advertisements (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 10/Mar/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBADV509 - Create mass print media advertisementsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create mass print media advertisements that communicate the key features of a product, service or idea to the consumer.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals working in a supervisory or management advertising role within an advertising team or media organisation who are primarily responsible for the development of mass print advertisements. Individuals undertaking this unit may develop mass print media advertisements themselves or coordinate a team to produce the advertisement.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret a creative brief

1.1. Confirm the central idea  or creative concept, technique/s for expressing the idea/concept and mass print media  to be used

1.2. Identify and check the advertising content  and supporting information  for accuracy and completeness

1.3. Confirm the time, schedule and budget requirements for creating the advertisement/s

1.4. Identify legal and ethical constraints 

2. Create a mass print media advertisement

2.1. Determine and produce the elements of a print advertisement  to communicate the required image, features and benefits of the product or service

2.2. Size and position each element of the print advertisement to achieve balance and focus for the advertisement

2.3. Ensure the typeface selections suit the product and the central idea of the advertisement, and the layout balances white space and margins

2.4. Ensure the layout of the advertisement unifies the elements, attracts the reader to the focal point and guides the reading sequence

2.5. Ensure the advertisement meets the requirements of the advertising brief and that it meets legal and ethical requirements

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • creativity and innovation skills to write engaging scripts, and to use visual and design techniques to communicate advertising messages efficiently and effectively
  • literacy skills to interpret requirements and to write for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Required knowledge 

  • industry, services, products and organisation
  • legal and ethical requirements relating to the advertising industry
  • principles and purposes of advertising
  • principles of consumer behaviour and influences on buyer behaviour
  • principles of creative elements in print advertisements
  • range of available advertising approaches for different markets
  • identification and overview knowledge of key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that affects business operations, codes of practice and national standards, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • consumer protection laws
  • copyright legislation
  • ethical principles
  • fair trading laws
  • privacy laws
  • Trades Practices Act
  • requirements for advertising timelines, budget, central idea, resources as specified in the advertising brief.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • the production of at least three mass print advertisements in accordance with an advertising and creative brief including:
  • a newspaper advertisement
  • a magazine advertisement
  • an outdoor advertisement.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to advertising copy to be used in the advertisement
  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • access to advertising and creative briefs.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of written reports/examples of mass print advertisements
  • demonstration of techniques used to create mass print advertisements
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of principles and purposes of advertising
  • review of legal and ethical constraints identified.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBWRT501AWrite persuasive copy.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Central idea  may include a verbal (text or headline) or visual (illustration) device used to present the content to the reader, listener or viewer of the advertisement, such as:

  • analogy and association
  • case histories
  • celebrities
  • continuing characters
  • demonstrations
  • exaggerated situations
  • fantasy
  • photographic tricks or special effects
  • product uses
  • recipes
  • slice-of-life situations
  • testimonials

Mass print  media may include:

  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • outdoor advertising

Advertising content  may include information to be communicated to the audience such as:

  • brand or image factors
  • competitive advantages
  • features of the product/service
  • product/service colour
  • product/service price
  • where the product/service may be obtained

Supporting information  may include:

  • evidence to support the claimed benefit
  • purchasing information
  • reassurances for existing users
  • requirement to specify the target audience

Legal and ethical constraints  may include:

  • codes of practice such as those issued by:
  • Advertising Federation of Australia
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Performing Right Association
  • Commercial Radio Australia
  • Free TV Australia
  • cultural expectations and influences
  • ethical principles
  • legislation, including occupational health and safety legislation
  • policies and guidelines
  • regulations
  • social responsibilities such as protection of children, environmental issues
  • societal expectations

Elements of a print advertisement  may include:

  • borders
  • boxes
  • captions
  • colour
  • copy
  • coupons
  • headlines
  • logos
  • mandatory product or service information
  • shading
  • signatures
  • slogans
  • visuals

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Business Development - Advertising

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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