Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons)

This qualification applies to individuals who perform a range of mainly routine tasks in the paper converting sector of the printing and graphic arts industry, specific to carton manufacture. They generally work under direct supervision, and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

Job Roles

Machine operator


Packaging Rules

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 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 ICPSU224C Perform basic machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems

* Both of these units can be selected in this qualification, if the enterprise requires both.

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPCF220C Produce basic converted or finished product

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotined 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 ICPCF261C Set up machine for basic adhesive, mechanical or thermal fastening

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

add topic ICPCF281C Set up machine for basic laminating

add topic ICPCF282C Produce basic laminated product

add topic ICPCF2104C Set up single-faced web

add topic ICPCF2106C Set up double-faced web

add topic ICPCF2108C Produce basic folded and glued cartons

add topic ICPCF3105C Produce single-faced web

add topic ICPCF3107C Produce double-faced web

add topic ICPCF311C Prepare for cutting forme and stripper making

add topic ICPCF312C Set cutting forme and strippers

add topic ICPPP268C Make photopolymer plates (flexographic)

add topic ICPPP281C Design basic carton

add topic ICPPR211C Mount and proof flexographic plates for basic printing

add topic ICPPR313C Set up for basic flexographic printing

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 ICPSU211C Prepare ink and additives

add topic ICPSU212C Prepare coatings, adhesives

add topic ICPSU221C Pack and dispatch product

add topic ICPSU222C Pack and dispatch solid waste

add topic ICPSU235C Lift loads mechanically

add topic ICPSU236C Shift loads mechanically

add topic ICPSU241C Undertake warehouse or stores materials processing

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU271C Provide basic instruction for a task

add topic ICPSU261C Follow OHS practices and identify environmental hazards

add topic ICPSU323C Dispose of waste

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 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 a:

    ICP30910 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons and Corrugating).

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


ICP20810 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons)

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:


checking job specifications for details of requirements

documenting consumables used when maintaining small machines for reordering purposes

labelling packaged goods before shipment


operating production processes in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

taking samples of products, checking the samples against specifications and adjusting machines to bring products into specifications

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating production difficulties and taking preventative action

Planning and organising

checking the availability of job related components

organising appropriate equipment for transferring materials

selecting tools and planning for basic machine maintenance


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions


using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

using machinery, such as pallet wrapping equipment and flat-bed cutting machines