Certificate III in Printing

Course Code ICP31220


  • Part Time
  • 3 years
  • On Campus
  • Workplace
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate III in Printing provides comprehensive training for printing apprentices and covers all practical and theoretical aspects of the trade, such as publishing, newspapers, magazines and packaging.

Career Opportunities

  • digital print manager
  • digital printer
  • print machinist
  • screen printer

Pathway to further studies

  • ICP40120 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts Management
  • ICP50120 Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts Business Management

Studying the Certificate III in Printing at Holmesglen

You will be taught by highly qualified teachers with extensive industry experience. This program is predominantly delivered on site at the employer's workplace.<p>You will also benefit from flexible delivery methods, which include off-site workshops, site visits, training and assessment, determined by the needs of the employer and your abilities as an apprentice.<p>The course comprises 21 competencies which will build skills and knowledge to equip you with real-world applicable workplace skills to work effectively in a digital environment.<p>Working with the Adobe suite of programs, you will be taken through the fundamentals of typography, page-layout, imposition, image manipulation, pre-flighting and working with complex images, working with various file types for print and on-line display, managing colour through high-end RIPs and managing digital prints.<p>You will be trained on-campus to use high-quality digital cameras to capture images, to use spectrophotometers for colour measurements and calibration, using rendering intents, colour profiling and creating and outputting to hot folders on digital devices.<p>You will be required to use a combination of skills to produce final products for both print and digital platforms and on various media types.

Entry Requirements

As this is an apprenticeship, prior to enrolling or commencing training you will be required to have an Epsilon registration and signed<br>contract with an employer, as well as a signed training plan with Holmesglen.
You will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will help determine suitability for the course,<br>variations to the training plan and any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


This accredited program is made up of 21 units that have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. Our qualified and experienced trainers offer personalised support to suit your needs. If you have already completed one or more of these units, these may be counted towards the completion of this course.
Unit code Unit name
ICPSUP2160 Inspect quality against required standards in a production environment
ICPSUP2600 Maintain a safe work environment
ICPKNW3220 Develop and apply knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
ICPSUP2620 Communicate in the workplace
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Unit code Unit name
ICPSUP3570 Apply quick changeover procedures
ICPSUP2010 Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine
ICPPRN3310 Set up for basic lithographic printing
ICPSUP2820 Undertake basic machine maintenance
ICPSUP2810 Use computer systems in the printing and graphic arts sectors
ICPSUP3230 Dispose of waste
ICPSUP2630 Perform basic industry calculations
ICPSUP2030 Prepare and maintain the work area
ICPPRN2320 Produce basic lithographic printed product
ICPPRP2670 Produce offset lithographic plates
MSS402002 Sustain process improvements
MSS402080 Undertake root cause analysis
ICPSUP2110 Prepare inks and additives
ICPSUP2070 Prepare machine for operation (basic)
ICPPRN3320 Produce complex lithographic printed product
ICPPRN4310 Set up for complex lithographic printing


Assessments use a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards, that allow learners to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge.

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment. <br>An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network representative will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.<br><a href="https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au">Visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au </a>for more information.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive ICP31220 Certificate III in Printing.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship $5,232
Concession $1,047

Additional Course Cost

Pens Folders USB stick<br>$50

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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