Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

This qualification applies to individuals who perform a range of mainly routine tasks in the printing and graphic arts industry. They work under direct supervision, and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context. It is a preparatory qualification that can be used as a pathway into a range of specialist Certificate III qualifications within the printing and graphic arts industry.


Total number of units = 15 units

4 core units, plus

11 elective units.

At least 1 elective unit must be selected from at least 5 of the 6 elective groups.

Up to 3 of the elective units may be selected from the remaining elective units or from qualifications at the same level or one level higher, in this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the qualification level, job role, work outcome and industry requirements. Unit selection is by negotiation and mutual agreement between the employee, employer and the RTO and is based on enterprise and individual needs.

Core Units

add topic BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic ICPSU216C Inspect quality against required standards

add topic ICPSU260C Maintain a safe work environment

add topic ICPSU262C Communicate in the workplace

Elective Units

Group A Elective Units - Converting, Binding and Finishing

add topic ICPCF202C Handline mail

add topic ICPCF203C Collate and insert mail manually

add topic ICPCF204C Operate addressing machine

add topic ICPCF208C Set up and operate a cheque mailer machine

add topic ICPCF209C Set up and operate in-line mail machine

add topic ICPCF220C Produce basic converted or finished product

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotined product

add topic ICPCF222C Set up and operate in-line cutter

add topic ICPCF223C Set up machine for cutting (trimming)

add topic ICPCF224C Produce cut (trimmed) product

add topic ICPCF225C Set up machine for basic flat-bed die cutting or embossing

add topic ICPCF226C Produce basic flat-bed die cut or embossed product

add topic ICPCF227C Set up machine for basic rotary die cutting or embossing

add topic ICPCF228C Produce basic rotary die cut or embossed product

add topic ICPCF231C Set up machine for basic flat-bed cutting

add topic ICPCF232C Produce basic flat-bed cut product

add topic ICPCF235C Set up machine for basic rotary cutting

add topic ICPCF236C Produce basic rotary cut product

add topic ICPCF241C Set up machine for basic single or continuous folding

add topic ICPCF242C Produce basic single or continuous folded product

add topic ICPCF243C Set up machine for basic collating or inserting (sheet/section)

add topic ICPCF244C Produce basic collated or inserted (sheet/section) product

add topic ICPCF245C Set up and produce hand-collated or -inserted product

add topic ICPCF261C Set up machine for basic adhesive, mechanical or thermal fastening

add topic ICPCF262C Produce basic adhesive, mechanical or thermal fastened product

add topic ICPCF263C Set up and produce hand-fastened product

add topic ICPCF281C Set up machine for basic laminating

add topic ICPCF282C Produce basic laminated product

add topic ICPCF294C Set up profile cutting for envelope manufacture

add topic ICPCF297C Clean sack and bag machines

add topic ICPCF298C Run and monitor sack and bag machines

add topic ICPCF2101C Set up and run machine for sewing

add topic ICPCF2104C Set up single-faced web

add topic ICPCF2106C Set up double-faced web

Group B Elective Units - Multimedia

add topic ICPMM263C Access and use the Internet

add topic ICPMM296C Create and test a CD-ROM/DVD

Group C Elective Units - Pre-press

add topic ICPPP211C Develop a basic design concept

add topic ICPPP221C Select and apply type

add topic ICPPP223C Photograph a line image

add topic ICPPP224C Produce pages using a page layout application

add topic ICPPP225C Produce graphics using a graphics application

add topic ICPPP231C Manually combine spot colour and basic four-colour images

add topic ICPPP232C Electronically combine and assemble data

add topic ICPPP252C Output images

add topic ICPPP260C Proof images

add topic ICPPP266C Produce relief plates

add topic ICPPP267C Produce offset lithographic plates

add topic ICPPP268C Make photopolymer plates (flexographic)

add topic ICPPP269C Produce photopolymer plates for pad printing

add topic ICPPP272C Produce gravure cylinders manually

add topic ICPPP281C Design basic carton

add topic ICPPP283C Prepare artwork for screen printing

add topic ICPPP284B Produce PDF files for online or screen display

add topic ICPPP286A Scan images for reproduction

Group D Elective Units - Printing

add topic ICPPR211C Mount and proof flexographic plates for basic printing

add topic ICPPR214C Produce basic flexographic printed product

add topic ICPPR222C Produce basic gravure printed product

add topic ICPPR232C Produce basic lithographic printed product

add topic ICPPR242C Produce basic pad printed product

add topic ICPPR261C Set up for foil stamping

add topic ICPPR262C Produce foil stamped product

add topic ICPPR271C Set up for basic coating

add topic ICPPR272C Produce basic coated product

add topic ICPPR288A Produce basic relief printed product

add topic ICPPR384A Set up and produce basic digital print

add topic ICPPR282C Produce and manage basic digital print

Group E Elective Units - Screen Printing

add topic ICPSP211C Reclaim screen automatically

add topic ICPSP215C Prepare screen

add topic ICPSP221C Prepare substrate

add topic ICPSP222C Prepare and cut screen print substrate

add topic ICPSP233C Manually prepare direct emulsion stencil

add topic ICPSP235C Prepare stencil using photographic indirect method

add topic ICPSP270C Manually prepare and produce screen prints

add topic ICPSP271C Manually produce basic screen prints

add topic ICPSP273C Semi-automatically produce basic screen prints

add topic ICPSP275C Automatically produce basic screen prints

add topic ICPSP281C Finish screen print products

add topic ICPSP282A Prepare film for basic screen printing

add topic ICPSP383A Prepare film for complex screen printing

Group F Elective Units - Support

add topic ICPSU201C Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine

add topic ICPSU202C Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine

add topic ICPSU203C Prepare and maintain the work area

add topic ICPSU207C Prepare machine for operation (basic)

add topic ICPSU208C Operate and monitor machines (basic)

add topic ICPSU211C Prepare ink and additives

add topic ICPSU212C Prepare coatings and adhesives

add topic ICPSU221C Pack and dispatch product

add topic ICPSU222C Pack and dispatch solid waste

add topic ICPSU224C Perform basic machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU225C Perform small machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU235C Lift loads mechanically

add topic ICPSU236C Shift loads mechanically

add topic ICPSU241C Undertake warehouse or stores materials processing

add topic ICPSU243C Reconcile process outputs

add topic ICPSU261C Follow OHS practices and identify environmental hazards

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU271C Provide basic instruction for a task

add topic ICPSU280C Enter data into electronic system

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    At the completion of this qualification candidates could choose to enter:

    ICP30112 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design Production)

    ICP30212 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press)

    ICP30312 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)

    ICP30412 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)

    ICP30512 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)

    ICP30612 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing)

    ICP30712 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing)

    ICP30812 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Sacks and Bags)

    ICP30912 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons and Corrugating)

    ICP31012 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Mail House)

    ICP31112 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Ink Manufacture).

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills

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

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


completing production records accurately

reporting problems and machine faults to supervisors


operating production processes with fellow workers and communicating with workers involved in prior and subsequent processes

Problem solving

conducting a sample run of a folding machine, inspecting the product and adjusting the machine to meet production requirements

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating production difficulties and taking preventative action

contributing to occupational health and safety (OHS) management and raising issues with designated personnel

Planning and organising

collating details of job and machine specifications and printing processes to ensure efficient production


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions


operating machines, such as folders and lithographic printers

using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

using information technology, such as computer hardware and software to access data from files