Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Production Support)

This qualification applies to individuals who provide production support across a range of sectors in the printing and graphic arts industry. They will generally work under direct supervision and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

Job Roles

Print offsider


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15 units

4 core units, plus

6 elective units from Group A, plus

5 elective units from Group B.

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

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

Up to 3 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 ICPSU201C Prepare, load and unload reels and cores on and off machine* OR

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 ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems

add topic ICPSU357C Apply quick changeover procedures

* Both of these units can be completed in the one qualification, if the enterprise required both.

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPCF222C Set up and operate in-line cutter

add topic ICPCF242C Produce basic single or continuous folded product

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

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 ICPCF341C Set up machine for complex sequenced or multiple folding

add topic ICPPR271C Set up for basic coating

add topic ICPPR272C Produce basic coated product

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 ICPSU261C Follow OHS practices and identify environmental hazards

add topic ICPSU280C Enter data into electronic system

add topic ICPSU323C Dispose of waste

add topic ICPSU342C Undertake inventory procedures

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


    Qualification Pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    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:

    ICP30510 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)

    ICP30610 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing)

    ICP30710 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing).

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

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


ICP20410 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Production Support)

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 documentation for the dispatch of product

reading and interpreting job requirements from documents or production control systems

obtaining client approval for production to proceed after a proof is produced


liaising with printers, transport suppliers and customers to ensue product arrives undamaged and on time

operating production processes in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

conducting a proof run for coating products and adjusting settings to ensure production specifications are attained

identifying and rectifying defects, irregularities and discrepancies when packing and dispatching products

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating production difficulties and taking preventative action

recommending improvements to quick changeover procedures

Planning and organising

preparing for changeover of product by analysing timing, tools needed and availability of materials

selecting and preparing a suitable area for packaging finished product


making adjustments to machines according to specified procedures and consistent with own skill level

following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions


operating production machines and load shifting equipment

using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

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