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Part Time: 3 years



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.

Course structure


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.





Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Inspect quality against required standards


Maintain a safe work environment


Communicate in the workplace


Edit a digital image


Produce and manage basic digital print


Use colour management systems


Use colour management for production


Prepare for variable data printing


Develop a basic design concept


Select and apply type


Produce pages using a page layout application


Produce graphics using a graphics application


Output images


Produce PDF files for online or screen display


Produce a typographic image


Generate high-end PDF files


Manage colour


Generate complex imposition


Operate and maintain computer resources


Apply web authoring tool to convert client data for websites

Code Name
BSBSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ICPSUP216Inspect quality against required standards
ICPSUP260Maintain a safe work environment
ICPSUP262Communicate in the workplace
ICPDMT322Edit a digital image
ICPPRN282Produce and manage basic digital print
ICPPRN284Use colour management systems
ICPPRN387Use colour management for production
ICPPRN484Prepare for variable data printing
ICPPRP211Develop a basic design concept
ICPPRP221Select and apply type
ICPPRP224Produce pages using a page layout application
ICPPRP225Produce graphics using a graphics application
ICPPRP252Output images
ICPPRP284Produce PDF files for online or screen display
ICPPRP321Produce a typographic image
ICPPRP396Generate high-end PDF files
ICPPRP430Manage colour
ICPPRP435Generate complex imposition
ICPSUP381Operate and maintain computer resources
ICTWEB410Apply web authoring tool to convert client data for websites

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

But you must have a training agreement with a registered employer from a relevant industry.


You may be able to shorten the length of 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.



On completion you will receive the Certificate III Print Communications.


Graduates can go onto the study the following:
ICP40515 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Mail House)
ICP40815 - Certificate IV in ePublishing
ICP40115 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts
ICP50115 - Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts


Digital media designer, multimedia graphic designer, assistant graphic artist, multimedia content author, multimedia designer, print finishing artist, multimedia production technician, pre-press operator, pre-press technician, digital production controller, pre-press worker, graphic designer.

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.

A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.

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If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:

If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:


03 9564 1602


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Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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