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

This qualification applies to individuals engaged in the paper converting area of the printing industry, specific to cartons and corrugating. They prepare materials and set up and run a range of equipment and machinery for cutting, embossing, folding, collating and fastening to produce the finished product. They may also provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job Roles

Skilled hand



Total number of units = 19 units

4 core units plus

7 elective units from Group A plus

8 elective units from Group B or Group C.

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

Up to 4 elective units must be selected from Group B. The remaining elective units may be selected from Group B or Group C elective units.

Up to 4 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 BSBSUS2010A 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 ICPCF220C Produce basic converted or finished product

add topic ICPCF3106C Set up machine for basic carton folding and gluing

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

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 ICPSU224C Perform basic machine maintenance

add topic ICPSU281C Use computer systems

add topic ICPSU323C Dispose of waste

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

Group B Elective Units

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

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

add topic ICPCF392C Produce product on window gluer

add topic ICPPP322C Digitise images for reproduction

add topic ICPPP481C Design complex carton

add topic ICPPR313C Set up for basic flexographic printing

add topic ICPPR314C Produce basic flexographic printed product

add topic ICPSU342C Undertake inventory procedures

add topic ICPSU345C Purchase materials and schedule deliveries

add topic ICPSU351C Undertake basic production scheduling

add topic ICPSU362C Communicate as part of a work team

add topic ICPSU381C Operate and maintain computer resources

add topic ICPPR493C Set up and monitor in-line printing operations

Group C Elective Units

add topic ICPPP281C Design basic carton

add topic ICPCF321C Set up and produce complex guillotined product OR

add topic ICPCF326C Undertake pre make-ready for die cutting OR

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

add topic ICPCF426C Produce complex flat-bed die cut or embossed product OR

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

add topic ICPCF328C Produce complex rotary die cut or embossed product OR

add topic ICPCF3109C Produce complex folded and glued cartons

add topic ICPCF410C Set up machine for complex carton folding and gluing OR

add topic ICPCF320C Produce complex converted or finished product

add topic ICPCF342C Produce complex sequenced or multiple folded product OR

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

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 MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


    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)

    ICP20810 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons)

    ICP20910 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Corrugating).

    Pathways from the qualification

    At the completion of this qualification students 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.

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:


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

using printing industry terminology and vocabulary correctly and accurately


operating production processes and shutting down machines in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

conducting a sample run of cartons and making adjustments to the machine to correct faults

identifying problems with flexographic machines and making adjustments and corrections

monitoring production quality and making minor adjustments to processes

Initiative and enterprise

anticipating and rectifying production problems

monitoring trends in the printing industry to inform personal work practices

Planning and organising

planning the set up for complex carton folding and gluing machines


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly

operating production processes according to the daily work schedule


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