How to become a Binder and Finisher

Binders and finishers fold, collate, stitch, trim, cover and embellish a range of printed and non-printed products by hand or machine.

Personal requirements of a Binder and Finisher

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to pay attention to detail.

Education & Training for a Binder and Finisher

To become a binder and finisher you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Binder and Finisher

Binders and finishers:

  • process sheets of printed material by assembling the sheets, trimming them to size using automated guillotines and then folding the sheets using mechanised folders
  • set up and prepare bookbinding and finishing machines, which assemble pages or attach covers to books
  • prepare and apply the pastes and glues needed to hold books together (if binding books by hand), glue or sew the pages into place and ‘build’ the cover around each individual book, often using cloths, leathers and fine papers
  • repair damaged bindings.

Employment Opportunities for a Binder and Finisher

Most binders and finishers are employed by printing firms or specialist binding and finishing companies. There may be some opportunities for self-employment.

Future growth:


Employment by state:


NSW NSW 32.6%

NT NT 0%

QLD QLD 25.1%

SA SA 12.9%

TAS TAS 2.5%


WA WA 11%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 69.2%

Female 30.8%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 100%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 1.4%

25-34 - 11.7%

35-44 - 35%

45-54 - 32.6%

55-59 - 7.6%

60-64 - 6.6%

65 and Over - 5.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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