Certificate III in Print Communications

National Code: ICP31415
TAFE SA Code: TP00852


This course provides the skills for working as a pre-media tradesperson. Typically participants design and prepare layouts and artwork, manipulate images and text to meet production and design requirements. Students also learn how to apply solutions to a defined range of problems relating to the print medium.

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Up to 48 months 

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered in Semester 1, 2020. This may result in delivery changes to your course for Semester 2, 2020. If any changes are made, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

Total Fees for the 48 month course
$2,537 - $2,980
$1,376 - $1,616

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job titles may include: Pre-press operator, junior designer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Print Communications (ICP31415)
    Skills covered include how to design and prepare layouts and artwork, manipulate images and text to meet production and design requirements and apply solutions to a defined range of problems associated with, and characteristic to, the print medium. 4 core units plus 17 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate in the workplace 30
    Inspect quality against required standards 30
    Maintain a safe work environment 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply colour to design brief 80
    Capture a digital image 40
    Coordinate the testing of interactive media product 40
    Create a markup language document to specification 20
    Create pages using a page layout application 60
    Create user interfaces 50
    Create visual design components 30
    Develop a basic design concept 40
    Develop a detailed design concept 60
    Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas 60
    Develop knowledge of the printing and graphics arts industry 80
    Electronically combine complex images 50
    Manage digital files 40
    Preflight and import complex images for digital device 80
    Prepare an imposition format for printing processes 50
    Produce a typographic image 50
    Produce graphics using a graphics application 60
    Produce pages using a page layout application 60
    Produce PDF files for online or screen display 60
    Select and apply type 30
    Set up and produce basic digital print 50
    Use colour management systems 30
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