Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Not Applicable


Core Units

Complete 11 core units

add topic BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief

add topic BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

add topic CUECOR02B Work with others

add topic CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work

add topic CUVDES04A Integrate colour theory and design processes in response to a brief

add topic CUVPHI01B Source and apply photoimaging industry knowledge

add topic CUVPHI03B Research and apply information on the traditions which inform photoimaging practice

add topic CUVPHI04B Apply photoimaging lighting techniques

add topic CUVPHI06B Plan and carry out image capture in response to a brief

add topic CUVPHI07B Process photoimages to work print/file stage

add topic CUVPHI08B Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

Elective Units

Complete 7 other units from the Visual Arts Craft and Design Training Package or any relevant endorsed Training Package at the appropriate level.

The total package of units must meet the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptor for a Certificate IV. In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the level of the qualification.

Notes on Certificate IV in Photoimaging

This qualification is designed to reflect the role of individuals working as a photographer's assistant who apply a broad range of skills including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation and output.

Examples of other Training Packages, which may be relevant to this qualification, are as follows:

Business Services, e.g. computer technology

Financial Services, e.g. bookkeeping

Information Technology, e.g. Internet

Printing and Graphic Arts, e.g. pre-press

Screen and Media, e.g. digital content, set and scenery construction

Tourism, e.g. guiding

The workplace context for this qualification will vary and this context must guide the selection of elective units.

Examples of appropriate units for particular jobs at this level are as follows:

Photoimaging assistant in specialised photographic studio (eg Portraits)

add topic BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic CUSADM01A Purchase or hire equipment/supplies

add topic CUSGEN01A Use and adapt to changes in technology

add topic CUVCRS01B Plan work for a nominated site

add topic CUVCRS16B Prepare text and graphics files for print processing

add topic CUVPHI09B Use colour materials, processing and printing techniques in a wet darkroom context

add topic CUVVSP13B Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulation

Photoimaging trainee in a large organisation (e.g. Graphic design company)

add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic CUSGEN01A Use and adapt to changes in technology

add topic CUVCRS16B Prepare text and graphic files for print processing

add topic CUVDSP07B Research and apply techniques for graphic design

add topic CUVVSP12B Produce digital images

add topic ICPMM321A Capture a digital image

Photoimaging assistant in a digital photoimaging workplace

add topic CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images

add topic CUFDIG304A Create visual design components

add topic CUFDIG401A Author interactive media

add topic CUSADM01A Purchase or hire equipment/supplies

add topic CUSGEN01A Use and adapt to changes in technology

add topic CUVCRS11B Select and prepare work for exhibition

add topic CUVPHI02B Develop self for photoimaging industry

Retail assistant in retail/wholesale/minilab

WRRCS2BApply point of sale handling procedures

WRRF1BBalance register/terminal

WRRI5AMaintain and order stock

WRRLP5BApply store security systems and procedures

WRRM5AMonitor in-store visual merchandising display

WRRS4BBuild relationships with customers

WRRSS8BRecommend cameras, photographic equipment and services


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the required for a photoimaging assistant in a digital photoimaging workplace. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.


Interpreting briefs.

Clarifying specifications of a brief with colleagues/clients.

Passing on key safety information to colleagues.

Clarifying purpose of a multimedia product.

Sharing information about industry development with colleagues.

Networking within the photoimaging and related industry sectors.


Working collaboratively as a team member in a photoimaging and multimedia environment.

Checking safety procedures with other team members.

Problem Solving

Modifying techniques to achieve desired outcome.

Identifying safety issues and reporting them to appropriate person.

Refining concepts to incorporate feedback from others.

Applying selection criteria to finished work to be stored.

Initiative and Enterprise

Generating a range of visual design and communication ideas in response to a brief.

Using knowledge of the photoimaging industry to enhance the quality of work.

Planning and Organising

Undertaking research to inform the development of multimedia and photoimaging products/services.

Organising work tasks to ensure safety.

Researching work opportunities.

Determining criteria for the selection of finished work for storage.

Identifying techniques and processes required to produce desired effects.

Sourcing and analysing information to inform photoimaging practice.

Selecting and preparing work for exhibition.

Organising easy access to research.

Planning, setting up and dismantling a photoimage shoot.

Maintaining workplace documentation.


Following workplace procedures, particularly in relation to OHS.

Maintaining personal safety standards.

Acting within the scope of job role.

Career planning.

Challenging one's own ideas and approaches.


Improving skills and knowledge through experimentation.

Keeping up to date with industry developments.

Using practice, feedback and discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve skills and knowledge.


Using the internet for research.

Using a range of digital imaging, video editing and authoring software applications.

Using digital cameras.

Applying information on technological advances in day-to-day work activities.