Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Ink Manufacture)

This qualification applies to individuals who perform a range of mainly routine tasks in the ink manufacturing sector of the printing and graphic arts industry. They select and prepare material, maintain the manufacturing process and apply quality control against required standards. They will generally work under direct supervision and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

Job Roles

Ink mixer


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15

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.

3 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 ICPIM211C Select and prepare materials for production

add topic ICPIM221C Blend chemicals

add topic ICPSU203C Prepare and maintain the work area

add topic ICPSU221C Pack and dispatch product

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPIM251C Filter and pack product

add topic ICPIM331C Manufacture inks and coatings

add topic ICPIM335C Manufacture varnish and resin

add topic ICPSU222C Pack and dispatch solid waste

add topic ICPSU224C Perform basic 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 ICPSU281C Use computer systems

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:

    ICP31110 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Ink Manufacture).

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


ICP21110 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Ink Manufacture)

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 records, logs and checklists documenting ink manufacture documenting consumables used when maintaining small machines for reordering purposes

reading and interpreting job requirements


liaising with subcontractors, printers and waste agencies when disposing of waste

manufacturing inks and coatings in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

identifying quality problems and adjusting the equipment/mix to correct them

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating production difficulties and taking preventative action

recommending changes to waste disposal procedures

Planning and organising

organising appropriate equipment for transferring materials

selecting and organising chemicals, inks, materials and equipment to manufacture ink

selecting tools and planning for basic machine maintenance


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions


checking weighing and measuring devices for accuracy and recalibrating them if necessary

using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems