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Certificate III in Print Manufacturing

National Course Code: ICP31315


Get into print with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Print Manufacturing. Gain hands-on experience through your studies and apprenticeship employment, and develop your career as a machine operator, ink mixer, print production worker in an industry in transformation.


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

  • Manage post-press and the finishing stages of the printing process
  • Integrate sustainable work practices
  • Maintain quality assurance
  • Contribute to a safe work environment


Develop the personal qualities and talents you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn in the workplace
  • The ability to take direction
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Passion for maintaining quality print
  • Good written and verbal communication skills to collaborate with colleagues and clients


Successfully completing this course will give you:

  • A nationally accredited Certificate III qualification
  • Recognition as a qualified tradesperson

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Carton and Corrugating Machine Operator
  • Print Finishing Operator
  • Printing Operator
  • Ink Manufacturing Technician
  • Print Machinist
  • Ink Mixer
  • Press Operator


Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you may choose diversify your skills with a move into graphic design:

  • Certificate IV in Graphic Design
  • Certificate IV in Design


There are over 4,500 printing businesses in operation across Australia. The industry is shifting from traditional to digital printing, which 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This course is superseded.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:

  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn in the workplace
  • The ability to take direction
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • An interest in maintaining the quality of print
  • Good written and verbal communication skills to effectively collaborate with colleagues on work processes and timeframes

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

In the Certificate II in Print Manufacturing your assessments will be mostly practical and are individual, group and on-the-job.

The Certificate III in Print Manufacturing is where youll gain your underpinning printing experience. It provides real world exposure through your apprenticeship and TAFE NSW simulated learning environments. You will 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 in the printing or manufacturing industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Post-press and finishing stages of the printing process
  • Applying solutions to a defined range of unpredictable issues that can be encountered in the day-to-day running of a print manufacturing business
  • Exploring methods of providing leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for their output

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory in conjunction with practical, hands-on learning. You will learn by doing and aligning the skills you learn at TAFE NSW with your on-the-job experience as an apprentice.

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

Reproduction equipment and processes are changing all the time. This course will help you learn the manufacturing processes from this every changing industry. It is a great way to enter an industry that will always be producing the material that we read, buy, consume and interact with, on a daily basis.

From novels to marketing material, from signage to education resources, we interact with printed material and products every single day. There have been significant changes in the industry with the arrival of digitisation and the introduction of 2D, 3D and 4D printing. There is industry demand for apprentices who are trained and talented, to enter the profession and the workforce.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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