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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
||Maintain a safe work environment
||Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine
||Undertake basic machine maintenance
||Inspect quality against required standards in a production environment
||Set up for basic lithographic printing
||Use computer systems in the printing and graphic arts sectors
||Apply quick changeover procedures
||Prepare and maintain the work area
||Dispose of waste
||Produce basic lithographic printed product
||Produce offset lithographic plates
||Perform basic industry calculations
||Develop and apply knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
||Sustain process improvements
||Undertake root cause analysis
||Communicate in the workplace
||Prepare machine for operation (basic)
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Prepare inks and additives
||Produce complex lithographic printed product
||Set up for complex lithographic printing
| Code || Name |
|ICPSUP2600||Maintain a safe work environment|
|ICPSUP2010||Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine|
|ICPSUP2820||Undertake basic machine maintenance|
|ICPSUP2160||Inspect quality against required standards in a production environment|
|ICPPRN3310||Set up for basic lithographic printing|
|ICPSUP2810||Use computer systems in the printing and graphic arts sectors|
|ICPSUP3570||Apply quick changeover procedures|
|ICPSUP2030||Prepare and maintain the work area|
|ICPSUP3230||Dispose of waste|
|ICPPRN2320||Produce basic lithographic printed product|
|ICPPRP2670||Produce offset lithographic plates|
|ICPSUP2630||Perform basic industry calculations|
|ICPKNW3220||Develop and apply knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry|
|MSS402002||Sustain process improvements|
|MSS402080||Undertake root cause analysis|
|ICPSUP2620||Communicate in the workplace|
|ICPSUP2070||Prepare machine for operation (basic)|
|BSBSUS201||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|ICPSUP2110||Prepare inks and additives|
|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.
As this is an apprenticeship, prior to enrolling or commencing training you will be required to have an Epsilon registration and signed
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,
variations to the training plan and any learning support needs.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
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.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive ICP31220 Certificate III in Printing.
Connections with industry
This course is ideal for people who also work in digital design hubs, and for marketers and brand developers seeking a formal qualification.
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.
Visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au for more information.
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||$4,944|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
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 now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession