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Certificate III in Print Communications

National Course Code: ICP31415


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Print Communications will develop your skills as a pre-press tradesperson. Learn to design and prepare layouts and artwork and manipulate images and text, and be prepared to progress your career in exciting industries like graphic design and graphic media.


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

  • Capture, edit and prepare images and text
  • Work to client brief specifications
  • Prepare and produce digital prints
  • Manage digital files
  • Communication skills for the workplace
  • Apply quality assurance
  • Work safely and maintain a safe work environment
  • Participate in sustainable work practices


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

  • Willing to learn as the industry changes
  • Enthusiastic and personable attitude
  • Able to follow directions
  • A collaborative team player


Successfully completing this course will give you:

  • A nationally accredited Certificate II qualification
  • Recognition as a qualified tradesperson
  • The ability to go on to further study in areas like graphic design, graphic media and printing and paper products.

Career opportunities and job roles:

  • Pre-press operator, technician and worker
  • Digital media designer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Assistant graphic artist
  • Print finishing artist


Enhance your printing knowledge with:

  • Certificate III in Print Manufacturing
  • Certificate III in Printing


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 sustain, 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This course is superseded.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 are:

  • Willing to learn in the workplace
  • Enthusiastic
  • A Collaborative team player
  • Good communicators
  • Able to manage time and meet tough deadlines

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you've learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. You will be assessed through your individual work, through group work and participation and through workplace assessments.

The Certificate III is where you will gain all your underpinning experience in printing skills. It provides real world exposure where you will apply what you are learning in simulated environments. You will practice your skills at an intermediate level.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the printing industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Designing and preparing layouts and artwork
  • Manipulating images and text to meet production and design requirements
  • Applying solutions to a defined range of problems associated with printing

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.

The Printing industry in Australia is worth $8bn and there are over 4,500 printing businesses in operation.

Image and document reproduction equipment and processes are constantly changing and improving. From offset to digital printing, the printing industry continues to transform.

Printing is a mainstay industry that will always be required. The signs and graphics industry is creative and ever changing and a great area to be involved in. We read, consume, promote, and interact with printed material and products on a daily basis.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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