Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)

This qualification applies to individuals who assist with digital production workflow and operate and monitor digital printing equipment and machinery. They will generally work under direct supervision, and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

Job Roles

Digital print operator


Total number of units = 15

4 core units plus

4 elective units from Group A plus

7 elective units from Group B.

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

5 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 BSBCUS301B Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic ICPPR384A Set up and produce basic digital print

add topic ICPSU203C Prepare and maintain the work area

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotined 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 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 ICPPP252C Output images

add topic ICPPP286A Scan images for reproduction

add topic ICPPP385C Operate a database for digital printing

add topic ICPPP397A Transfer digital files

add topic ICPPR282C Produce and manage basic digital print

add topic ICPPR283A Use digital media consumables

add topic ICPPR284A Introduction to colour management

add topic ICPPR285A Use digital workflow

add topic ICPPR286A Finish a digital product

add topic ICPPR287A Use digital processes

add topic ICPSU207C Prepare machine for operation (basic)

add topic ICPSU211C Prepare ink and additives

add topic ICPSU221C Pack and dispatch product

add topic ICPSU225C Perform small machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU224C Perform basic machine maintenance

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 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 a:

    ICP30410 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)

    ICP30510 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (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.

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:


conveying information between production workers and stores people

interpreting job sheets and instructions correctly

reporting problems and faults to supervisors


finalising document finishing requirements with co-workers

working with others to ensure that the correct consumables and materials are available for production

Problem solving

calculating run and completion times for digital print jobs

monitoring production quality and making minor adjustments to processes

troubleshooting operation of a digital print system

visually identifying faulty materials and removing them

Initiative and enterprise

identifying opportunities to enhance the quality of services and products

Planning and organising

checking availability of job related components

organising appropriate equipment for transferring materials

selecting tools and applying them to measurement tasks


selecting and using personal protective equipment


seeking assistance from supervisors to address customer needs

giving and following simple routine instructions


using and performing basic maintenance on printing machinery such as fastening machines

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

using measuring tools, such as spectrophotometers and densitometers