Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Sacks and Bags)

This qualification applies to skilled operators who work in the sacks and bags area in the printing industry. They prepare material, monitor and run a range of sack and bag equipment and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may also provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job Roles

Sack/bag machinist


Total number of units = 19 units

4 core units plus

5 elective units from Group A plus

10 elective units from Group B.

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

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

Up to 4 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 BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic ICPKN319C Apply knowledge and processes of converting paper-based products

add topic ICPCF298C Run and monitor sack and bag machines

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 ICPSU225C Perform small machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU224C Perform basic machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU323C Dispose of waste

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

Group B Elective Units

add topic BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation

add topic BSBFLM309C Support continuous improvement systems and processes

add topic ICPCF221C Set up and produce basic guillotined product

add topic ICPCF241C Set up machine for basic single or continuous folding

add topic ICPCF261C Set up machine for basic adhesive, mechanical or thermal fastening

add topic ICPCF281C Set up machine for basic laminating

add topic ICPCF298C Run and monitor sack and bag machines

add topic ICPCF398C Set up in-line bottom making machine for sack or bag manufacture

add topic ICPCF3100C Run and monitor in-line tube making machine for sack or bag manufacture

add topic ICPPR313C Set up for basic flexographic printing

add topic ICPSU211C Prepare ink and additives

add topic ICPSU221C Pack and dispatch product

add topic ICPSU241C Undertake warehouse or stores materials processing

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

add topic ICPSU342C Undertake inventory procedures

add topic ICPSU351C Undertake basic production scheduling

add topic ICPSU352C Plan operational processes

add topic ICPSU362C Communicate as part of a work team

add topic ICPSU456C Control production

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 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)

    ICP20710 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Sacks and Bags).

    Pathways from the qualification

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

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

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

ICPCF3100C Run and monitor in-line tube making machine for sack or bag manufacture

ICPCF298C Run and monitor sack and bag machines

ICPCF398C Set up in-line bottom making machine for sack or bag manufacture

ICPCF298C Run and monitor sack and bag machines

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:


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

conducting a proof run, inspecting and testing the proof for quality and adjusting the printing machinery to ensure the product meets quality criteria

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 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 flexographic 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