Certificate III in Print Manufacturing - ICP31315


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification applies to individuals working in the print manufacturing area creating printed products by hand or machine. They are responsible for post-press and finishing stages of the print process and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may 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
  • Run and monitor sack and bag machines
  • Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
  • Produce complex collated or inserted product
  • Control production
  • Set up for foil stamping
  • Undertake warehouse or stores materials processing
  • Pack and dispatch solid waste
  • Dispose of waste
  • Pack and dispatch (advanced)
  • Prepare and maintain the work area
  • Manufacture inks and coatings
  • Contribute to workplace innovation
  • Prepare for personalised digital printing
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Prepare working solutions
  • Set up machine for complex sequenced or multiple folding
  • Undertake basic machine maintenance
  • Use electronic monitoring systems (converting and finishing)
  • Set up machine for basic single or continuous folding
  • Set up and monitor in-line printing operations
  • Produce basic single or continuous folded product
  • Produce complex rotary die cut or embossed product
  • Prepare ink and additives
  • Undertake pre make-ready for die cutting
  • Produce product on window gluer
  • Prepare coatings and adhesives
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Set up machine for basic laminating
  • Produce basic flat-bed die cut or embossed product
  • Manage teams
  • Undertake basic production scheduling
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Provide basic instruction for a task
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Produce basic relief printed product
  • Run and monitor envelope manufacturing machines
  • Ensure process improvements are sustained
  • Operate a smart card machine and pack product
  • Use structured problem solving tools
  • Produce and manage basic digital print
  • Decorate paper
  • Set up machine for complex collating or inserting (sheet/section/reel)
  • Produce double-faced web
  • Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • Manipulate 3D graphics files in preparation for 3D printing
  • Set up and produce 3D print
  • Pack and dispatch product
  • Set up machine for basic carton folding and gluing
  • Produce basic flat-bed cut product
  • Set up machine for envelope manufacture
  • Set up for basic relief printing
  • Communicate as part of a work team
  • Set up machine for basic flat-bed die cutting or embossing
  • Maintain a safe work environment
  • Set up and produce basic digital print
  • Prepare for variable data printing
  • Produce basic coated product
  • Set up and load in-line smart card machine
  • Prepare ink and additives (advanced)
  • Set up in-line scoring, folding and gluing machine for envelope manufacture
  • Design basic carton
  • Produce complex sequenced or multiple folded product
  • Inspect quality against required standards
  • Set up for basic coating
  • Set up machine for complex adhesive, mechanical or sewn fastening
  • Blend chemicals
  • Set up machine for complex carton folding and gluing
  • Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine
  • Support continuous improvement systems and processes
  • Operate and monitor machines (basic)
  • Undertake root cause analysis
  • Produce complex folded and glued cartons
  • Manage colour
  • Set up profile cutting for envelope manufacture
  • Produce foil stamped product
  • Set up machine for complex laminating
  • Design complex carton
  • Set up machine for complex rotary die cutting or embossing
  • Plan operational processes
  • Analyse manual handling processes
  • Set up and produce hand-bound book
  • Shift loads mechanically
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Run and monitor in-line tube making machine for sack or bag manufacture
  • Apply 5S procedures
  • Create a markup language document to specification
  • Perform laboratory quality tests of materials and finished product
  • Produce complex adhesive, mechanical or sewn fastened product
  • Produce and manage complex digital print
  • Produce basic collated or inserted (sheet/section) product
  • Produce single-faced web
  • Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
  • Prepare for cutting forme and stripper making
  • Purchase materials and schedule deliveries
  • Set up machine for basic adhesive, mechanical or thermal fastening
  • Lift loads mechanically
  • Reconcile process outputs
  • Produce basic converted or finished product
  • Select and prepare materials for production
  • Perform basic tests
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Operate and maintain computer resources
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Undertake inventory procedures
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Produce complex flat-bed die cut or embossed product
  • Set up machine for basic flat-bed cutting
  • Set up for basic flexographic printing
  • Digitise images for reproduction
  • Prepare, standardise and use solutions
  • Produce complex laminated product
  • Produce basic laminated product
  • Set up machine for basic collating or inserting (sheet/section)
  • Set up and produce basic guillotined product
  • Set up and operate folder gluer machine
  • Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine
  • Operate a database for digital printing
  • Set up and produce complex guillotined product
  • Set up in-line bottom making machine for sack or bag manufacture
  • Produce complex converted or finished product
  • Use computer systems
  • Produce complex flexographic printed product
  • Set up and produce hand-made box
  • Prepare machine for operation (basic)
  • Set up and produce a 3D scan
  • Set cutting forme and strippers
  • Manually sort mail and parcels

Study information

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Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years

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