Become a qualified printer and learn a wide range of practical skills and techniques for an in-demand industry. Develop your ability to communicate and consult with industry professionals, create specialised prints, and spread the word on the printed page.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
Operate print machinery
Work with technology to produce specialised digital prints
Apply software applications to digital production
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Ability to produce high-quality printed materials like brochures, flyers, corporate identity packaging and signage
Skills to document technical processes like mixing ink, colour management, inserting paper and placing plates in press machinery
Confidence to liaise with multiple project stakeholders, including graphic designers, and use effective communication and negotiation skills to produce final printed products
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in the printing processes and related industries
An interest in graphics and image reproduction for printing
Good communication and problem-solving skills
Confidence working safely around large machinery and printing presses
The capacity to work rotating rosters with some evening and weekend hours
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Our graduates go onto roles like: Printing supervisor, Printing operator, Offset printer, Printer machinist and Screen printer
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Printing does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Printing does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Certificate III in Printing does not have any related courses.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Printing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 Units of competency, including 4 core and 17 speciality units.
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.
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