Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing)

This qualification applies to individuals working as a binder and finisher in the printing and graphic arts industry. Binders and finishers assemble, bind and cover books, other publications and printed products by hand or machine. They are responsible for post-press and finishing stages of the print process and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job Roles

Binder and finisher


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 21 units

4 core units, plus

8 elective units from Group A, plus

9 elective unitsfrom Group B.

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

7 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 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 BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor 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 ICPKN313C Apply knowledge and requirements of the converting, binding and finishing sector

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 ICPSU323C Dispose of waste

add topic ICPSU351C Undertake basic production scheduling

add topic ICPSU352C Plan operational processes

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotine 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 ICPCF311C Prepare for cutting forme and stripper making

add topic ICPCF312C Set cutting forme and strippers

add topic ICPCF320C Produce complex converted or finished product

add topic ICPCF321C Set up and produce complex guillotined product

add topic ICPCF326C Undertake pre make-ready for die cutting

add topic ICPCF327C Set up machine for complex rotary die cutting or embossing

add topic ICPCF341C Set up machine for complex sequenced or multiple folding

add topic ICPCF342C Produce complex sequenced or multiple folded product

add topic ICPCF343C Set up machine for complex collating or inserting (sheet/section/reel)

add topic ICPCF344C Produce complex collated or inserted (sheet/section/reel) product

add topic ICPCF361C Set up machine for complex adhesive, mechanical or sewn fastening

add topic ICPCF362C Produce complex adhesive, mechanical or sewn fastened product

add topic ICPCF369C Set up and produce hand-made box

add topic ICPCF371C Decorate paper

add topic ICPCF381C Set up machine for complex laminating

add topic ICPCF382C Produce complex laminated product

add topic ICPCF391C Use electronic monitoring systems (converting and finishing)

add topic ICPCF392C Produce product on window gluer

add topic ICPCF393C Set up machine for envelope manufacture

add topic ICPCF395C Set up and operate folder gluer machine

add topic ICPCF396C Set up in-line scoring, folding and gluing machine for envelope manufacture

add topic ICPCF3103C Run and monitor envelope manufacturing machines

add topic ICPCF3105C Produce single-faced web

add topic ICPCF3107C Produce double-faced web

add topic ICPCF465C Set up and produce hand bound book

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 ICPPR282C Produce and manage basic digital print

add topic ICPPR382C Produce and manage complex digital print

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU321C Pack and dispatch (advanced)

add topic ICPSU342C Undertake inventory procedures

add topic ICPSU345C Purchase materials and schedule deliveries

add topic ICPSU351C Undertake basic production scheduling

add topic ICPSU357C Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic ICPSU362C Communicate as part of a work team

add topic ICPSU554C Manage teams

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

add topic MSAENV272A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMSUP390A Use structured problem solving tools


    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. However, the preferred pathway for candidates entering this qualification is one of the following qualifications:

    ICP20110 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

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

    ICP20610 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Converting, Binding and Finishing).

    Pathways from the qualification

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

    ICP40410 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing)

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

    ICP40710 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Process Leadership).

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


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

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:


liaising with clients to maintain and adjust production

reading and interpreting job specifications from job documentation or the production control system

using printing industry terminology and vocabulary correctly and accurately


operating and shutting down production processes in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

identifying defects, irregularities and discrepancies and taking action to rectify them

monitoring production quality and making minor adjustments to processes

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating and rectifying production problems

making recommendations on possible solutions when planning finishing operations

monitoring trends in the printing industry to inform personal work practices

Planning and organising

accessing data about machine capabilities, production processes and customer needs and using them in the planning process

checking the availability of job components and planning set-up of machines


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly


giving and following simple routine instructions


using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

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