Commissioner's Information Bulletin 647

Printing and Graphic Arts - Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Communications

Date of effect: 29 February 2016

In this Commissioner's Information Bulletin includes information on the revised ICPv2.0 Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package.

The following traineeship Vocation has been repealed and related pathway deleted:

  • Printing and Graphic Arts - Digital Printing

The following apprenticeship Vocations have been renamed:

  • Printing and Graphic Arts - Graphic Pre-press is now Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Communications
  • Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Finishing is now Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Manufacturing

and national qualification codes have been updated to align to revised ICPv2.0 Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package.

All other Vocational Training Orders remain unchanged.

Superseded Bulletins

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin supersedes bulletin 631.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition Arrangements

Industrial arrangements

Competency based progression

Competency based completion

School based traineeships

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries


Job descriptions

Apprenticeships

Certificate III level trainees work in the print manufacturing area creating printed products by hand or machine. They are responsible for post-press and finishing states of the print process and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Certificate III level trainees work as a pre-media tradesperson. Typically they design and prepare layouts and artwork, manipulate images and text to meet production and design requirements and apply solutions to a defind range of problems associated with, and characteristic to, the print medium. They may also provide some leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Certificate III level trainees work as print machinists who typically set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure printing presses, digital printers and work on a range of printed products. They prepare material, monitor and run equipment and machinery 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.

Traineeships

Certificate II level trainees perform a range of mainly routine tasks in the printing and graphic arts industry. They work under direct supervision and use limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context. It is preparatory qualification that can be used as a pathway into a range of specialist Certificate III qualifications within the industry.

Certificate IV level trainees work with digital content for publication across one or more platforms. They have broad technical and theoretical knowledge of digital publication processes and need to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources to complete specialised tasks. Individuals take responsibility for their own outputs and may have limited responsibility for the organisation of others.


Competency Based Progression

Note: Competency based progression applies to apprentices employed under the Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010.

Direct entry

The rate of progress for apprenticeships with a full time nominal term of 48 months or part time nominal term of 72 months will be determi

Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
Stage 1 Nil entry requirements.
Progression to Stage 2 Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 2:
  • on attainment of 25% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan
    or
  • 12 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and
  • 18 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices
Progression to Stage 3 Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 3:
  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan
or
  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and
  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices
Progression to Stage 4 Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 4:
  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan
or
  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and
  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices
Exit
  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

Advanced entry

The rate of progress for apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 36 months or part-time nominal term of 54 months - reduced from full-time nominal term of 48 months where the apprentice holds the lower level qualification specified in the VTO - will be determined as follows:
Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
Apprentices enter Stage 2
Progression to Stage 3 Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 3:
  • on attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan
or
  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and
  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices
Progression to Stage 4 Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 4:
  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan
    or
  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and
  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices
Exit
  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIPS

Printing and Graphic Arts - Printing - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 27 August 2010
Updated 29 February 2016
Qualification ICP31215 Certificate III in Printing
Term of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part time:
  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Note:
Apprentices are able to progress through the apprenticeship on the achievement of competencies rather than time served. For an explanation of how to apply the competency based progression model to the apprenticeship, click here.

Probationary period 3 months

Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Manufacturing - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 29 February 2016
Qualification ICP31315 Certificate III in Print Manufacturing
Term of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part time:
  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Note:
Apprentices are able to progress through the apprenticeship on the achievement of competencies rather than time served. For an explanation of how to apply the competency based progression model to the apprenticeship, click here.

Probationary period 3 months

Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Communication - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 29 February 2016
Qualification ICP31415 Certificate III in Print Communication
Term of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved.
Part time:
  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Note:
Apprentices are able to progress through the apprenticeship on the achievement of competencies rather than time served. For an explanation of how to apply the competency based progression model to the apprenticeship, click here.

Probationary period 3 months

TRAINEESHIPS

Printing and Graphic Arts (ePublishing) - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 April 2015
Qualification ICP40815 Certificate IV in ePublishing
Terms of traineeship Full time:
  • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 2 months

Printing and Graphic Arts (General) - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 10 May 2013
Updated 17 April 2015
Qualification ICP20115 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)
Term of traineeship Full time:
  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
School based

ICP20115 Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months
Page last updated: 24 June 2016