Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Ink Manufacture)

This qualification applies to skilled operators engaged in the ink manufacturing sector of the printing industry. They apply a range of competencies, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. They undertake appropriate testing procedures for each stage of product manufacture, evaluate and implement improvements. They may also provide guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job Roles

Ink mixer


Total number of units = 19 units

4 core units plus

6 elective units from Group A plus

9 elective units from Group B.

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

5 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 ICPIM211C Select and prepare materials for production

add topic ICPIM221C Blend chemicals

add topic ICPIM331C Manufacture inks and coatings

add topic ICPKN317C Apply knowledge and requirements of the ink manufacturing sector

add topic ICPPP430C Manage colour

add topic ICPSU203C Prepare and maintain the work area

add topic ICPSU263C Perform basic industry calculations

Group B Elective Units

add topic ICPSU271C Provide basic instruction for a task

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 ICPSU362C Communicate as part of a work team

add topic ICPSU381C Operate and maintain computer resources

add topic ICPSU417C Perform laboratory quality tests of materials and finished product

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 MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMSUP390A Use structured problem solving tools

add topic MSL933001A Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

add topic MSL954001A Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

add topic MSL973001A Perform basic tests

add topic MSL973002A Prepare working solutions

add topic MSL974001A Prepare, standardise and use solutions


    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)

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

    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)

    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 in association with fellow workers

Problem solving

monitoring production quality and making minor adjustments to processes

monitoring variation of inks against quality standards and taking corrective action to rectify any problems

Initiative and enterprise

monitoring trends in the printing industry to inform personal work practices

Planning and organising

preparing the production schedule according to production, inventory, procurements, time constraints and supply capacities and requirements

selecting and preparing equipment for manufacture and quality testing of inks


following procedures and using personal protective equipment correctly

maintaining security and confidentiality of client and enterprise data and information


giving and following simple routine instructions


selecting and using laboratory testing equipment and techniques to test the quality of inks

using computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems

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