Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Desktop Publishing)

This qualification applies to individuals who assist in the production of professionally designed and presented documents, using desktop publishing software. They will generally work under direct supervision and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

Job Roles

Assistant desktop publisher

Pre-press worker


Total number of units = 15 units

4 core units, plus

5 elective units from Group A, plus

6 elective units from Group B.

Up to 2 elective units from Group A can be substituted with Group B elective units listed below.

4 elective units must be selected from the Group B elective units listed below.

Up to 2 Group B 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

Group A Elective Units

add topic ICPMM263C Access and use the Internet

add topic ICPPP211C Develop a basic design concept

add topic ICPPP221C Select and apply type

add topic ICPPP224C Produce pages using a page layout application

add topic ICPPP225C Produce graphics using a graphics application

add topic ICPPP252C Output images

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICAWEB429A Create a markup language document to specification

add topic ICPMM321C Capture a digital image

add topic ICPMM322C Edit a digital image

add topic ICPPP232C Electronically combine and assemble data

add topic ICPPP260C Proof images

add topic ICPPP286A Scan images for reproduction

add topic ICPPP284B Produce PDF files for online or screen display

add topic ICPPP321C Produce a typographic image

add topic ICPPP322C Digitise images for reproduction

add topic ICPPR384A Set up and produce basic digital print

add topic ICPSU261C Follow OHS practices and identify environmental hazards

add topic MSACMC210A Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMS200A Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMS201A Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT230A Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT240A Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT270A Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSACMT271A Use sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT280A Undertake root cause analysis


    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)

    ICP30512 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)

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

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.

Code and title

Prerequisite units required

ICPPP321C Produce a typographic image

ICPPP221C Select and apply type

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

providing feedback to colleagues about printing and in-line processes and specifications

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

evaluating and proofing own work

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating production difficulties and taking preventative action

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

Planning and organising

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

setting preferences, document summaries and search index options according to the requirements of the brief


completing production records accurately

producing work within deadlines


identifying lessons learnt from projects to apply to future projects


using desktop publishing software and equipment, word processing packages, spreadsheets and project management software and tools