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, include:
- digital print manager
- digital printer
- print machinist
- screen printer
Pathways to further study:
- ICP40115 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts
- ICP50115 Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts.
Study at home through remote learning
While measures are in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), units of theory for this course will be delivered remotely and other units delivered on campus with social distancing in place.
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Studying the Certificate III in Printing at Holmesglen
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.
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.
||Maintain a safe work environment
||Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine
||Prepare and maintain the work area
||Inspect quality against required standards
||Communicate in the workplace
||Perform basic industry calculations
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
||Use computer systems
||Undertake basic machine maintenance
||Set up for basic lithographic printing
||Apply quick changeover procedures
||Prepare machine for operation (basic)
||Produce basic lithographic printed product
||Produce offset lithographic plates
||Sustain process improvements
||Undertake root cause analysis
||Dispose of waste
||Prepare ink and additives
||Produce complex lithographic printed product
||Set up for complex lithographic printing
| Code || Name |
|ICPSUP260||Maintain a safe work environment|
|ICPSUP202||Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine|
|ICPSUP203||Prepare and maintain the work area|
|ICPSUP216||Inspect quality against required standards|
|ICPSUP262||Communicate in the workplace|
|ICPSUP263||Perform basic industry calculations|
|BSBSUS201||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|ICPKNW322||Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry|
|ICPSUP281||Use computer systems|
|ICPSUP282||Undertake basic machine maintenance|
|ICPPRN331||Set up for basic lithographic printing|
|ICPSUP357||Apply quick changeover procedures|
|ICPSUP207||Prepare machine for operation (basic)|
|ICPPRN232||Produce basic lithographic printed product|
|ICPPRP267||Produce offset lithographic plates|
|MSS402002A||Sustain process improvements|
|MSS402080A||Undertake root cause analysis|
|ICPSUP323||Dispose of waste|
|ICPSUP211||Prepare ink and additives|
|ICPPRN332||Produce complex lithographic printed product|
|ICPPRN431||Set up for complex lithographic printing|
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.
Preference may be given to students who have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship program in a related field.
Training agreement with a registered employer from the printing industry.
Recognition of prior learning
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.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive the ICP31215 Certificate III in Printing.
How to apply
A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.
An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network representative 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:
1300 639 888
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.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship||$4,650.00|
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
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. Find out more about paying for your course.