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Certificate III in Printing

National Course Code: ICP31215


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Printing will kick-start your career as a print machinist, digital or offset printer or screen printer. Learn to work on a range of printed products and be employed in print companies, publishing houses and fabric printing companies.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn to:

  • Operate print machinery
  • Mix colours
  • Work with technology
  • Work with paper, guillotines and finishing machinery

You will also learn the latest industry-standard techniques to set up and operate:

  • Letterpress
  • Lithographic
  • Flexographic
  • Gravure printing presses
  • Digital printers
  • Screen printers


Develop the personal qualities and skills you need to get ahead in this field, including:

  • Communication and problem solving abilities
  • An enthusiastic attitude
  • The ability to take direction
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail


Successfully completing this course will give you:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification


Add to your printing knowledge with the Certificate III in Print Manufacturing or the Certificate III in Print Communications.


The printing industry in Australia is worth $8bn and there are over 4,500 printing businesses in operation. However, it is not only catalogues and pamphlets that are printed. Understanding how to professionally reproduce imagery for 2D and 3D construction will help to produce industry prototypes such as medical implants and sustainable fabrics. This shift from traditional to digital printing means there is a need for new ways of thinking and a demand for innovative, adaptable printers to continue to grow and transform the industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • An interest in hands-on, practical work and a willingness to learn on-the-job
  • Enthusiasm
  • The ability to take direction
  • The ability to work in a team environment and collaborate
  • An interest in maintaining the quality of print
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal

Assessments provide a great way for you to demonstrate what you've learned so far and identify what needs further development. In this course, you will undertake:

  • Individual and group assessments
  • Workplace assessments

The Certificate III in Printing is where you'll gain all your underpinning experience in printing skills. It provides real world exposure where youll apply what youre learning in simulated environments. Youll practice your skills at an intermediate level.

Depending on your campus location, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes of the printing industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Operating print machinery
  • Mixing colours
  • Working with technology
  • Working with paper, guillotines and finishing machinery

Learn the latest industry standard techniques to set up and operate:

  • Letterpress
  • Lithographic
  • Flexographic
  • Gravure printing presses
  • Digital printers
  • Screen printers

You will learn in simulated environments on a TAFE NSW campus and if you are an apprentice in real world situations like your workplace.

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

We all consume and interact with printed material and products on a daily basis; and the way we use these materials is changing. Beyond books, newspapers and screen printing, printers and print machinists will have to transform the way they work to keep up with an industry that must innovate to be sustainable.

The job trends of the near future will see a sharper focus on sustainability, print-on demand, cloud printing, digitisation and the reproduction of imagery for 2D and 3D construction.

According to National Industry Insights the printing and graphic arts industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy and workforce, with an estimated 6,500 businesses in operation and almost 27,000 people employed in related occupations.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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