National code: ICP20120

Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts

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Overview About this course

Develop a strong foundation to launch your career in printing as you work with a variety of media – like paper, graphic media, 2D and 3D prototypes. Be challenged to use your creativity to exceed clients’ expectations and provide professional advice.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Operate offset, digital and finishing machinery

  • Mix colours

  • Inspect quality against specified standards in a production environment

  • Follow sustainable work practices

  • Plan and present work to clients

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience to develop a visual concept from design to finished product

  • Experience analysing client briefs, collaborating and completing work to meet expectations

  • Time management skills to resolve competing deadlines

  • Skills to use simulated printing rooms

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in graphic image reproduction, printing and creative industries

  • A creative mindset

  • A collaborative spirit and the ability to work as part of a team

  • The drive and the capacity to practise your skills outside of class hours

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Assistant machinist (printing), Carton and corrugating machinist, Desktop publishing assistant, Print finishing operator, Pre-press worker, Carton and corrugating machine operator, Mail house operator, Printing operator, Ink mixer, Sack/bag maker, Screen printing assistant, Digital print operator and Print offsider

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 Units of competency, including 2 core and 10 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Prepare and maintain the work area ICPSUP2030

  • Inspect quality against required standards in a production environment ICPSUP2160

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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