Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)

This qualification applies to skilled operators in the digital printing industry who are responsible for digital production workflow, such as job creation, printing and finishing. They apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. They provide technical advice and support to others.

Job Roles

Digital print manager


Total number of units = 19

4 core units plus

11 elective units from Group A plus

4 elective units from Group B.

Up to 2 elective units from Group A can be substituted for Group B elective units.

1 elective unit 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 qualification 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 BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic ICPKN321A Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production

add topic ICPPR282C Produce and manage basic digital print

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

add topic ICPSU342C Undertake inventory procedures

add topic ICPSU351C Undertake basic production scheduling

add topic SIRXSLS001A Sell products and services

add topic SIRXSLS002A Advise on products and services

Group B Elective Units

add topic BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents

add topic BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A Market the small business

add topic ICAWEB429A Create a markup language document to specification

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotined product

add topic ICPCF225C Set up machine for basic flat-bed die cutting or embossing

add topic ICPCF226C Produce basic flat-bed die cut or embossed product

add topic ICPCF231C Set up machine for basic flat-bed cutting

add topic ICPCF232C Produce basic flat-bed 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 ICPCF243C Set up machine for basic collating or inserting (sheet/section)

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

add topic ICPCF281C Set up machine for basic laminating

add topic ICPCF282C Produce basic laminated product

add topic ICPCF381C Set up machine for complex laminating

add topic ICPCF382C Produce complex laminated product

add topic ICPPP211C Develop a basic design concept

add topic ICPPP224C Produce pages using a page layout application

add topic ICPPP252C Output images

add topic ICPPP266C Produce relief plates

add topic ICPPP268C Make photopolymer plates (flexographic)

add topic ICPPP269C Produce photopolymer plates for pad printing

add topic ICPPP284B Produce PDF files for online or screen display

add topic ICPPP334C Prepare an imposition format for printing processes

add topic ICPPP352C Output complex images

add topic ICPPP370C Produce multiple image plates

add topic ICPPP385C Operate a database for digital printing

add topic ICPPP396A Generate high-end PDF files

add topic ICPPP397A Transfer digital files

add topic ICPPP452C Output complex images direct to plate or press

add topic ICPPP484C Set up and operate automated workflow

add topic ICPPR271C Set up for basic coating

add topic ICPPR272C Produce basic coated product

add topic ICPPR382C Produce and manage complex digital print

add topic ICPPR383C Prepare for personalised digital printing

add topic ICPPR385A Apply software applications to digital production

add topic ICPPR386A Troubleshoot digital media

add topic ICPPR387A Use colour management for production

add topic ICPPR388A Preflight and import complex images for digital device

add topic ICPPR389A Manage digital files

add topic ICPPR390A Generate a proof for digital production

add topic ICPPR392A Set up and produce specialised digital print

add topic ICPPR471C Set up for complex coating

add topic ICPPR472C Produce complex coated product

add topic ICPPR484C Prepare for variable data printing

add topic ICPPR496A Set up and produce complex digital print

add topic ICPSP311C Reclaim screen manually

add topic ICPSP215C Prepare screen

add topic ICPSP222C Prepare and cut screen print substrate

add topic ICPSP270C Manually prepare and produce screen prints

add topic ICPSP273C Semi-automatically produce basic screen prints

add topic ICPSP275C Automatically produce basic screen prints

add topic ICPSP351C Prepare machine and drying/curing unit

add topic ICPSP374C Operate a semi-automatic screen printing machine

add topic ICPSP382C Produce computer image for screen printing

add topic ICPSP383A Prepare film for complex screen printing

add topic ICPSU485C Implement a just-in-time (JIT) system

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

add topic MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMSUP390A Use structured problem solving tools


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification. However, the preferred pathway for candidates entering this qualification is one of the following qualifications:

    ICP20110 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

    ICP20310 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing).

    Pathways from the qualification

    At the completion of this qualification candidates could choose to enter a:

    ICP40610 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Management/Sales).

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.

Units in Qualification with Prerequisites

Code and title

Prerequisite units required

ICPPP396A Generate high-end PDF files

ICPPP284B Produce PDF files for online or screen display

ICPPP452C Output complex image direct to plate or press

ICPPP352C Output complex images

ICPPR496A Set up and produce complex digital print

ICPPR384A Set up and produce basic digital print

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:


communicating with production managers and suppliers about materials

reading and interpreting job requirements and briefs

liaising with clients about productivity options, quality expectations and print cost


identifying production capacity and constraints for work groups

liaising with internal and external production operators to determine start and duration times for print runs

operating production processes in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

maintaining and adjusting machine settings to ensure productivity speed and quality are achieved

monitoring production quality and making minor adjustments to processes

Initiative and enterprise

identifying productivity options for digital print systems

Planning and organising

establishing procedures to ensure stores are maintained at appropriate levels

selecting appropriate software programs


conveying a positive impression to customers when selling products and services

following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions

providing advice to clients on appropriate substrates and document finishing materials

using the help function of software programs


using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

using measuring tools, such as spectrophotometers and densitometers