ICP31215 Cert III in Printing


Printing is a diverse trade with many specialties. RTA meets the needs of all types of printers and offer tailored learning solutions for any of the major printing streams.

Course structure

Core Units

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

ICPSUP216 Inspect quality against required standards

ICPSUP260 Maintain a safe work environment

ICPSUP262 Communicate in the workplace

Common Elective Units

ICPSUP203 Prepare and maintain the work area

ICPPRP211 Develop a basic design concept

ICPSUP207 Prepare machine for operation (basic) 

ICPSUP263 Perform basic industry calculations 

ICPSUP281 Use computer systems 

ICPSUP282 Undertake basic machine maintenance 

BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers 

ICPSUP202 Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine

ICPPRN392 Set up and produce specialised digital print

ICPPRN284 Use colour management systems

ICPPRP284 Produce PDF files for online or screen display

ICPPRN389 Manage Digital Files

ICPSUP351 Undertake basic production scheduling




ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print 

ICPPRN282 Produce and manage basic digital print 

ICPPRN496* Set up and produce complex digital print 

ICPPRN382 Produce and manage complex digital print



ICPPRN313 Set up for basic flexographic printing

ICPPRN214 Produce basic flexographic printed product

ICPPRN413 Set up for complex flexographic printing

ICPPRN314 Produce complex flexographic printed product

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ICPSCP273 Semi-automatically produce basic screen prints 

ICPSCP271 Manually produce basic screen prints

ICPSCP373 Semi-automatically produce complex screen prints 

ICPSCP374 Operate a semi-automatic screen printing machine 

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ICPPRN331 Set up for basic lithographic printing

ICPPRN232 Produce basic lithographic printed product

ICPPRN431 Set up for complex lithographic printing

ICPPRN332 Produce complex lithographic printed product


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.


Average Course Duration (3 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.


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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, software, 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.

NSW Fees and Funding - The student fees for apprenticeship qualifications are capped at $2000. Under the fee free apprenticeships strategy, eligible apprentices that commence training on or after 1 July 2018 will be fee free. You may be eligible for fee free apprenticeship training, contact RTA to discuss your eligibility.

Concessions may be available, contact us to discuss the requirements.

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). Access to 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.