Certificate III in Printing - ICP31215

Spectra Training Australia

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification applies to individuals working as print machinists who typically set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure printing presses, digital printers or screen printers and work on a range of printed products. They prepare material, monitor and run equipment and machinery and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may also provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 21 units: 4 core
  • 17 elective


  • Perform basic industry calculations
  • Transfer digital files
  • Prepare stencil using photographic capillary method
  • Set up for foil stamping
  • Undertake warehouse or stores materials processing
  • Pack and dispatch solid waste
  • Produce basic pad printed product
  • Troubleshoot digital media
  • Dispose of waste
  • Set up for basic gravure printing
  • Produce PDF files for online or screen display
  • Pack and dispatch (advanced)
  • Prepare and maintain the work area
  • Set up for basic pad printing
  • Prepare for personalised digital printing
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Set up machine for complex sequenced or multiple folding
  • Undertake basic machine maintenance
  • Prepare an imposition format for printing processes
  • Set up machine for basic single or continuous folding
  • Prepare film for basic screen printing
  • Produce computer image for screen printing
  • Produce basic single or continuous folded product
  • Scan images for reproduction
  • Produce complex relief printed product
  • Prepare ink and additives
  • Apply advanced software applications to digital production
  • Set up for complex pad printing
  • Produce basic flexographic printed product
  • Implement a Just-in-Time system
  • Set up for complex relief printing
  • Make photopolymer plates (flexographic)
  • Set up for complex coating
  • Mount and proof flexographic plates for basic printing
  • Produce complex pad printed product
  • Reclaim screen manually
  • Prepare coatings and adhesives
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Operate an automatic screen printing machine
  • Set up machine for basic laminating
  • Manage digital files
  • Produce basic flat-bed die cut or embossed product
  • Undertake basic production scheduling
  • Reclaim screen automatically
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Provide basic instruction for a task
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Produce basic relief printed product
  • Use colour management systems
  • Set up for complex lithographic printing
  • Market the small business
  • Output complex images
  • Use structured problem solving tools
  • Produce and manage basic digital print
  • Produce complex lithographic printed product
  • Manually produce basic screen prints
  • Prepare stencil using direct electronic imaging method
  • Produce gravure cylinders manually
  • Develop a detailed design concept
  • Produce pages using a page layout application
  • Manipulate 3D graphics files in preparation for 3D printing
  • Set up and produce 3D print
  • Provide customer service and education
  • Pack and dispatch product
  • Produce computer image for screen printing
  • Produce basic flat-bed cut product
  • Sell products and services
  • Manually combine spot colour and basic four-colour images
  • Set up for basic relief printing
  • Produce relief plates
  • Produce gravure cylinders electronically
  • Manually produce complex screen prints
  • Communicate as part of a work team
  • Set up machine for basic flat-bed die cutting or embossing
  • Use colour management for production
  • Investigate micro business opportunities
  • Maintain a safe work environment
  • Set up and produce basic digital print
  • Output complex images direct to plate or press
  • Prepare and cut screen print substrate
  • Prepare for variable data printing
  • Produce basic coated product
  • Prepare ink and additives (advanced)
  • Manually prepare direct emulsion stencil
  • Semi-automatically produce complex screen prints
  • Generate high-end PDF files
  • Inspect quality against required standards
  • Set up for basic coating
  • Prepare machine and drying/curing unit
  • Produce complex gravure printed product
  • Use sustainable environmental practices
  • Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine
  • Electronically combine and assemble data
  • Plan small business finances
  • Prepare film for complex screen printing
  • Operate and monitor machines (basic)
  • Set up for complex gravure printing
  • Undertake root cause analysis
  • Prepare stencil using direct projection method
  • Manage colour
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Produce foil stamped product
  • Produce offset lithographic plates
  • Preflight and import complex images for digital devices
  • Photograph a line image
  • Set up for basic lithographic printing
  • Set up and produce specialised digital print
  • Set up machine for complex laminating
  • Photograph and produce halftone images
  • Plan operational processes
  • Finish screen print products
  • Shift loads mechanically
  • Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • Apply 5S procedures
  • Produce complex coated product
  • Create a markup language document to specification
  • Prepare stencil using photographic indirect method
  • Semi-automatically produce basic screen prints
  • Prepare screen
  • Produce and manage complex digital print
  • Produce basic collated or inserted (sheet/section) product
  • Produce multiple image plates
  • Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Lift loads mechanically
  • Operate a semi-automatic screen printing machine
  • Produce basic converted or finished product
  • Generate a proof for digital production
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Operate and maintain computer resources
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Undertake inventory procedures
  • Use sustainable energy practices
  • Produce basic gravure printed product
  • Set up for complex flexographic printing
  • Apply software applications to digital production
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Set up machine for basic flat-bed cutting
  • Automatically prepare direct emulsion stencil
  • Set up for basic flexographic printing
  • Automatically produce basic screen prints
  • Prepare artwork for screen printing
  • Produce a typographic image
  • Output images
  • Digitise images for reproduction
  • Develop a basic design concept
  • Advise on products and services
  • Produce complex laminated product
  • Prepare substrate
  • Produce basic laminated product
  • Set up machine for basic collating or inserting (sheet/section)
  • Set up and produce complex digital print
  • Select and apply type
  • Set up and produce basic guillotined product
  • Produce basic lithographic printed product
  • Set up and operate automated workflow
  • Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine
  • Operate a database for digital printing
  • Manually prepare and produce screen prints
  • Produce photopolymer plates for pad printing
  • Use computer systems
  • Produce complex flexographic printed product
  • Prepare machine for operation (basic)
  • Set up and produce a 3D scan

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane Domestic: $16,800
  • Full-time : 38 months
Melbourne Domestic: $16,800
  • Full-time : 38 months
Perth Domestic: $16,800
  • Full-time : 38 months
Sydney Domestic: $16,800
  • Full-time : 38 months

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