IPC31215 Cert III in Printing


This qualification applies to individuals working as print machinists who typically set up and operate letterpress or flexographic, label or packaging presses and work on a range of printed products. They prepare material, monitor and run equipment and machinery and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may also provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Employment Pathways

Printing Trades Person - Printer

Flexo plate

Entry Requirements

Individuals must hold industry experience prior to entering the qualification and or currently be employed in a permanent part time or full time capacity.

Course Units

Core Units: 4 core units

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
ICPSUP216 Inspect quality against required standards.
ICPSU260C Maintain a safe work environment.
ICPSUP262 Communicate in the workplace.

Elective units: 17 elective units

ICPPRN214 Produce basic flexographic printed product
ICPPRN313 Set up for basic flexographic printing
ICPPRP268 Make photopolymer plates (flexographic)
ICPSUP203 Prepare and maintain the work area
ICPSUP207 Prepare machine for operation (basic)
ICPSUP208 Operate and monitor machines (basic)
ICPSUP263 Perform basic industry calculations
ICPSUP281 Use computer systems

ICPPRN314 Produce complex flexographic printed product
ICPPRN413 Set up for complex flexographic printing
ICPSUP201 Prepare,load and unload product on and off machine
ICPSUP357 Apply Quick changeover procedures

ICPPRN284 Use colour management systems
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
ICPSUP271 Provide basic instruction for a task
ICPSUP351 Undertake basic production scheduling
ICPPRN411 Mount and demount flexographic plates for complex printing


Apprenticeships include school based apprentices.


48 Months (4 years)

Delivery Mode

workplace based / face to face/ online.

Assessment Method

A range of assessment strategies are employed for this training program and the choice of strategy is dependent on the nature of the unit of competency. Strategies include demonstrations, observation, projects, presentations, knowledge tests, self assessments, reports and interviews.


NSW & QLD regional areas - we come to you.

Materials Required - All students must have access to a workplace that has personal protective equipment in place, including appropriate head attire and suitable tools of the trade, a computer and Internet access.

Education Pathways - After successful completion of this qualification, students may gain access to higher level qualifications in the printing and Graphic Arts Training Package or University programs.

Course Credit - Students may seek to have a unit(s) of competency formally recognised by transfer credit or recognition of prior learning RPL. Duration of study may be Shortened where credit(s) are obtained.

Fees and Funding - The course is funded by the State and Federal government and is valued at approximately $17,000. There is a student contribution fee Payable by the trainee or employer of up to approximately $2000 depending on elective units chosen and the state in which the apprentice is employed. Contact us for more details.

Who is a Candidate for an apprenticeship - Apprentices in the Printing industry include experienced workers who have not achieved a trade qualification, School based apprentices & young people new to full time work. RTA is managing apprentices of all ages and most of our learners are mature age workers. Typically these people have many years of experience in the industry and have never had the opportunity to gain a trade qualification.
We encourage employers to consider staff for a qualification who are mature age and have gained skills on the job. Recognition of Prior Learning RPL can be applied to shorten the study period for these people. The Printing Qualification is currently classed as skills shortage (priority one). The government assistance in the form of funded courses and incentive programs, is designed to increase the number of qualified people in the industry and maintain skills levels into the future. Learn more about the Government incentives programs here.