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Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

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Printing is a global industry using the most advanced digtial technologies alongside traditional print processes. Our courses will give you the skills to work in this highly competitive industry, and beome a highly skilled print machinist and operator. From conventional forms to ink-jet technologies, large format printing, digital packaging applications and 3-D printing, the printed form remains highly relevant in a digital world. Our courses will get you job-ready, with a broad range of skills.

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The Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General) will give you an an insight into the printing industry and provides you with the skills and knowledge you need for digital printing. It covers basic design, digital photography, customer service, digital printing systems and processes.

Students who complete the course are able to find work in a number of print sectors including commercial printing, publishing, signage and packaging, or can go on to further training in related trades.

After successfully completing this course, trainees will get advanced standing into the apprenticeship program and a direct credit of all competencies that are successfully completed.

The course is delivered in Holmesglen's specially designed digital print facilities, where an emphasis is placed on providing hands on, practical training wherever possible.


This is a VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS) course and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.

This course provides an introduction to advanced digital technologies and printing skills.

From creation, manipulation and output, students will create and prepare print ready files for output on advanced digital print technologies while building their operational and knowledge skills.

The Certificate II in Printing is for students who wish to gain practical, hands-on skills in basic design, photography, printing processes and contemporary digital printing technologies.


The Certificate III in Print Communications is designed for employed apprentices who work in a digital design and output environment.

It is also ideal for people who also work in digital design hubs, and for marketers and brand developers seeking a formal qualification.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The training can be contextualised to the workplace if necessary and a number of units can be completed and submitted on-line.

Enrolments are on-going throughout the year. Training is through a mix of classroom, online and workplace delivery and assessment.


The Certificate III in Print Manufacturing provides comprehensive training for printing manufacturing apprentices and covers all practical and theoretical aspects of the print manufacturing trade streams, such as finishing, binding, folding, gluing, cutting, embellishing and corrugating.

Print and manufacturing is everywhere and is a global industry, that utilises the most advanced converting technologies, integrating traditional print processes.

Given the scope of what is being manufactured, a print manufacturing apprentice can operate machinery that vary in size, systems, processes and capabilities.

The output may take the form of a brochure, book, box, label or package, all of which can require basic and advanced skills and knowledge. Packaging, converting and finishing is a unique requirement of the manufacturing process.

Globally, new technologies have a heavy reliance on computers, systems and processes aligned and integrated into traditional machinery.

The print manufacturing workplace can be large or small, it is predominantly a clean indoor workplace, and processing manufacturing work is in comfortable work conditions.


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.

Print is everywhere and is a global industry that utilises the most advanced digital technologies along with traditional print processes.

A printer is a highly skilled machinist operator.

Given the scope of what is being reproduced, a printer can operate machines that vary in size, systems, processes and capabilities.

The output may take the form of a brochure, booklet, magazine, newspaper, poster sign, label or package, all of which can require basic and advanced skills and knowledge.

Globally, new print technologies have a heavy reliance on computers, systems and processes aligned and integrated into traditional machinery.

The printer's workplace, large or small, is predominantly a clean indoor workplace, and processing manufacturing work is in comfortable work conditions.

Print training at Holmesglen provides the core, basic skills, knowledge and progression through industry endorsed competencies. Holmesglen selects these units and sets assessments in consultation with the printing industry.

You will be taught by highly qualified teachers with extensive print industry experience. You will train in excellent facilities and have the support of the trainers on and off the job.

You may also benefit from flexible delivery methods, which includes a blend of on and off site training and assessment, determined by the needs of the employer and your abilities as an apprentice.


This is short course will introduce participants to print production procedures, from creation to press. Delivered in easy-to-understand language.

In a small group environment, you'll get hands-on experience using sample tools commonly used in the printing and converting areas. This will assist in your understanding of your environment and wider print industries.


Printing Open Days

Come and see our state of the art Print Technology training centre, meet our staff and find out where an apprenticeship in printing can take you

- , Thu, 29 Nov - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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